I sat wishing that Tommy and Niall might climb out the window or hide in a closet to avoid being 'handled'. I've laughed nearly cried and sometime both at the same time. The spirit of what climbing is comes through in full measure. So, since these things impact in the way good art should: thank goodness Niall has such faults that leads him to waste his life to keep mere climbers amused (and of course the 0.01% of the UK population informed by guidebooks from his day job)
Love Jam Crack, some of these are instant classics. The one that made me laugh most was the motivational "do an E9" skit I think.
The Enormocast is absolutely great too, mostly US centric but some Euro stuff on there. Fantastic stuff on both that an Jam Crack and collectively more than enough material to cover a winter's worth of trips north and back. Of the Enormocast episodes the early Cerro Torre episodes with Haydn Kennedy and anything with Kelly Cordes are all brilliant.
I love jam crack podcast. It has replaced music on my way to work. I even tried playing it at work today but i got funny looks and turned it off. One episode of jam crack is infinitely more inspiring, interesting and genuine than most of the videos out at the moment.
Niall, if you're reading this, my favourite has to be 'The View from Dead Horse Point'. Great literature and the narrator's accent is a wild ride in itself.
Any chance you could try to get Andy Popp to do something? He's a hero of mine and the words he wrote for a magazine article on Cheshire sandstone a few years back were such a breath of fresh air compared to the normal magazine bobbins we get served. I think he'd make a great podcast.
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Aye, the Jamcrack podcasts are ace. Really look forward to listening, both to the main point of the week and Nialls introduction, however long they are.
It's really refreshing to hear normal chats with interesting people. The latest with Jen Randal was the perfect example, incisive but relaxed.
A while ago I even suggested he chat to Martin Boysen and a few weeks later, there he was. It's like a request show!
Cheers, Niall, your efforts are most appreciated,
More please and the 1:20 length ones are great - John Redhead discussing the North stack Wall while leaving Holyhead and Catherine Destiville cruising in to Dublin fills the ferry trip perfectly
Nick Dixon would be fascinating as a counterpoint to the John R/Johny D Great Wall show, some of the Scottish folk putting up hard stuff back in the 80's- Cubby, Murray Hamilton, Graham Livingston etc. Any Irish scene heroes/dark horses you feel should be better known? Dave Turnbull as a climber rather than the BMC corporate bod? More writers reading their short stories/ chapters - the Paul Pritchard one was ace. Some of the gear designers/sellers - Fred Hall, Ben Lyon, Pete Hutchinson, Martin Atkinson etc?
You can be Indiana Grimes, fearlessly excavating the more esoteric parts of climbing history - you've got the modern day version of Games Climbers Play and Mirrors in the Cliffs with these podcasts - the enthusiasm shines through with minimal corporate BS.
Having reached the tender age of 52, I'd never been bothered to listen to a single podcast by anybody before.
But what a way to start - loved Paul Pritchard and Lucy Creamer, but View from Deadhorse is in another league....brilliant brilliant.
Thanks Niall, you've made the journey to work just about bearable. More power to your elbow.
I've really enjoyed listening to Jam Crack too. I love the slightly random mix and the diversions off topic in the intros. All the ones I have listened to so far have been worthwhile but I especially liked the episodes with Paul Pritchard and Lucy Creamer. Thanks and please keep it up.
Just started these as an attempt to ween myself of the Bugle. They are really good thanks! I'm particularly looking forward to John Long and 'The Only Blasphemy', I've read it so many times I pretty much know it by heart already.
Only criticism I have is that I want to go to a rave in Winspit now.
Fearing it would be Adam Buxton rambling on at some minor celeb I don't much care for to accompany me while I strip the walls of their wood chip paper, I dared to search for 'climbing podcasts' - f*ck me! It's a thing, it's also really f*cking good. Time usually slows when doing such work but not today. Thanks for making my menial, mundane task bearable. Keep up the good work, especially liked the rambling. Looking forward to more and catching up on the old.