I get the 'hilarious' humour of the article, i'm just interested as to whether them actually did hire a load of axes out. I'm guessing not as anybody who has time-enough to concoct such a well written piece, surely can't climb very much.
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> , i'm just interested as to whether them actually did hire a load of axes out. I'm guessing not as anybody who has time-enough to concoct such a well written piece, surely can't climb very much.
Rad Butts and Creagan Beaulay do climb a lot Franco, more than you and they are far far better.
Your day will come if you follow the bible of climbing according to Rad Butts.
It might not be a true story, however I discussed with Luke trying to acquire a load of ice axes and placing them at two foot intervals all the way up Point 5 Gully. All Luke would need was chalk up and put on his rock shoes and climb all the way to the top.
G J F Dutton was editor of the SMC Journal, where the stories orginally appeared. The two I have, "The Ridiculous Mountains," and "Nothing So Simple as Climbing," were published in 1984 and 1993 respectively. I highly recommend them.
In reply to UKC Articles: umm if I HAD to describe this 'piece' in 1 word I'd go 4 'yukky'. Utter drivel, total macho non-sense and the wussyest daydream of an ascent ever! Just because a climber can construct a sentence doesn't mean they have anything sensible to say. Ugh! Yuck!
I see you're also new to the forum. Did you read the older articles first? I wasn't sure how to place this until Ihad. Then it all fell into place with a thump, like a good axe placement.
The thing is obviously a spoof, and when you say it's macho and a wussy daydream, that means it's doing just what it set out to, take the piss out of a certain style of writing. It IS all the things you're complaining about (except I think is very funny) but it sets out to be, unlike a lot of stuff that aims for seriousness but is unwittingly funny for all the wrong reasons. I, for one, have read enough over-blown descriptions to last a life-time.
So, well done to the writer for getting that just right - far from easy... and well done to UKC for running with the series.good to see that superbly written comic writing can be part of the mix of UKC (a very small part, from what I can see)
As for Rad, the climber characterised here, I think he has some hilarious traits. And don't forget the story is told by his supposed climbing partner, who has a really bad blind spot and just doesn't see things the way they are.
Climbing is serious, sure. Newsworthy, cutting-edge ascents are given all deference they deserve from what I can see. But not all writing about climbing has to be serious all of the time. Humour never can be right for all, so anyone can walk away iwho doesn't like it. But the big reader numbers on all of this series speak for themsevles.
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> But it fails, cause it isn't actually about anything. I'd prefer to read a funny account about something epic.
Not everything on this site is written specifically for you Franco, hard as that may be for you to believe. Apparently not everyone climbs on the North York moors either.
Personally I have enjoyed the Rad series and I am a big fan of trying to bring more humour in to the climbing media in the UK.
These articles are clearly not for everyone, but they are for some. Some people have really enjoyed them, and it did tickle me when a friend of mine was fully taken in by the Park Front April fool news item. Brilliant!
I'd like to thank Al for the series. I'd also like to ask anyone else who has some humorous ideas to get in touch with me via email through the site.
A couple of new characters could come to life - one of them could even be called Franco - now that could go down really well...!
In reply to UKC Articles:
would have commented on your brill ascent earlier but only just got back vrom six day trek to the front garden gate,had to call out the M/rescue guys. You'll be able to catch on the Highland rescue pragramme, did you see the one about the climbers on Buchaille Etive? what was that all about,
Been having a think about something interesting and serious that Creagan says in the story. Road pricing really is a possibility in the near future (a fixed cost per mile) and from what I hear a lot of folk do have to spend a long time driving about to winter crags. Like he says, if you add petrol and the possibility of expensive car park fees, that's a serious amount of cash that folk will be shelling out.
Can folk see this as a possibility? That getting to climbing venues become so expensive that only locals can make it in the next twenty years or so?
Mods do make a new thread if you prefer.
Dr.Strangeglove17 Jan 2010
In reply to AHGordon:
Because petrol is so heavily taxed we in effect already do have road pricing.
A lot of the chat about road pricing suggests that rural roads will be priced cheaper (less good public transport) and urban roads more expensively. In the unlikely event that the pricing of transport is shifted from fuel costs to road usage then hunting out winter climbs could in fact become cheaper............
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> Hi Guys,
> would have commented on your brill ascent earlier but only just got back vrom six day trek to the front garden gate,had to call out the M/rescue guys. You'll be able to catch on the Highland rescue pragramme, did you see the one about the climbers on Buchaille Etive? what was that all about,