marvellous. Thank you
Great video and great testament to Mark's work and vision. Has anyone tried tracking down the Tomorrow's World footage? I've heard it referenced a few times now but never heard of anyone seeing it recently.
Is the route Wide Country by Ferguson on the Cobbler? I seem to remember that from my Glasgow youth although the routes in that sector were all to hard for me!
I thought he was referring to the route in Eldorado Canyon.
I'm sure you're right Jon. It does seem though that there are two, No match for climb id:61193, 5.11b in Eldorado Canyon and Wide Country (E5 6b) E5 on the Cobbler, so I'm not getting too forgetful with age!
Edit: the Cobbler one says first climbed in 1994 so doesn't make sense. I think it has a neighbour called Wild Country (you lose the route find function on edit!) which might be an earlier Cubby route. Perhaps named because Friends made it possible?
Are you thinking of Cubby's Wild Country ?
The FFA of the Eldo one was by Ferguson (and Erikson and Peterson) so I guess it was that one he was referring to.
What a lovely interview!
btw I have searched and been unable to find the BBC Tomorrow's World in late January 1978 episode featuring Friends.
Here's a link to a nice 1978 Climbers' Club Journal article 'I Get High' by Mark Vallance http://www.climbers-club.co.uk/journal/original/1978%20Journal-p14-18.pdf in which he discusses the origins of Friends.
And a link to a couple of reviews of MV's book 'Wild Country: The Man Who Made Friends' http://footlesscrow.blogspot.co.uk/2016/09/wild-country-two-reviews.html
Fantastic. Great bit of history that I hardly knew. And a bold and honest entrepreneur
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