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UKC Articles - on 09 Nov 2017
Jim Herrington, 3 kbMusic. Photography. Climbing. This unlikely triad of passions has influenced Jim Herrington's life from a young age, one occasionally pulling him further away from the others, as he strove to find an elusive equilibrium.

Over the last twenty years, two of these passions have intertwined in pursuit of an ambitious project to create a photo book paying homage to rock stars of a different kind; those whose records weren't for selling, but for setting on virgin peaks and faces by means of first ascents and gutsy endeavours, during the loosely defined 'Golden Age' of climbing from the 1920s to the '70s. Meet The Climbers.



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Richard Wheeldon - on 09 Nov 2017
In reply to UKC Articles:

... For those heading to Kendal, there will be copies of 'The Climbers' available to buy, there will also be an opportunity to buy signed copies...

... as the article suggests, it is available on Amazon but its overpriced and will take around 6 weeks to arrive with you - stock has now arrived in the UK and it will be available from the usual specialist climbing shops at £40.00 within the next few days... its a lovely book...
Fraser on 09 Nov 2017
In reply to Richard Wheeldon:

The photos look excellent, I must say.
john arran - on 09 Nov 2017
In reply to UKC Articles:

All very grainy and thought provoking, but am I the only one that doesn't really get the attraction of seeing photos of a lot of old men (and the occasional woman) without any photographic context of what these people did to justify their inclusion in such a work?

I suppose I was never one to go in for hero worship and, while I do get hugely inspired by brilliant photos of old people with stories etched into their faces, I didn't get that emotional response from most of these images.

Sorry if that's not the intended response.
In reply to john arran:

Greg Child's essay and the capsule bios at the end of the book provide context about their life and climbs.
john arran - on 09 Nov 2017
In reply to Natalie Berry - UKC:
Yes, understood. And maybe I'm being a bit harsh, but as a visual on-screen feature it didn't have the desired effect on me. I'd have been much more inspired if each photo had been accompanied by an action shot of the same person in their prime - to give visual rather than just textual context.

I suppose what I'm saying is that, given that I'm already aware, to some extent at least, of most of the characters featured and their accomplishments, the images didn't feel like they added significantly to the mental images already in my head or to the esteem in which I already hold them.

Edit: Other opinions are available!
Post edited at 19:09
pasbury on 10 Nov 2017
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Really like to photo of Joe - outstanding.
Fraser on 10 Nov 2017
In reply to UKC Articles:

Can I also ask, is it just me that's seeing lots of '?€?' substitutions in the text?
In reply to Fraser:

Should be fine now. Refresh your browser.
neilh - on 10 Nov 2017
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Were these photos not in the Outside cafe at Hathersage recently?

pauls911 - on 15 Nov 2017
In reply to Fraser:

no, its still a difficult read
In reply to pauls911:

We're on it. Mac character/symbol issue by the looks of things upon updating. Thanks for the heads up!
In reply to pauls911:

Should be sorted now. Pesky Mac curly " characters!
pauls911 - on 16 Nov 2017
In reply to Natalie Berry - UKC:

Thanks Natalie, you've fixed it now - great article

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