Can we please get an interview with him on his experiences doing extreme rock? I know I would love to read it.
That said, I wouldn't be surprised if it were already in the pipeline.
> The ultimate challenge in puerile ticking!
I suspect the dislikers of this post aren't familiar with the origin of the phrase.
> I suspect the dislikers of this post aren't familiar with the origin of the phrase.
I suspect the dislikers have had a sensayuma bypass operation
Amazing really that it’s taken 35 years for a completer to emerge. I guess everyone who might have been capable thought it was a hopeless dream so didn’t really try and it’s probably only the fairly recent arrival of the “professional” rock climber that has made it possible.
I sold my spare copy last year for a little under £200, not a bad return on the £25 purchase price…..
Not that surprising given that, as the article points out, you've got Indian Face as one of the routes. Folk aren't exactly queuing up for that one; I think we're still not past 7 ascents? And out of 7 exceptional climbers, how many are going to be motivated for a mammoth undertaking like this? Not Dawes, Dixon or Gresham I'm fairly sure, nor Dave MacLeod. Calum Musket perhaps best bet for a repeat?!
Surely a challenge is what makes us strive to be better. It’s not puerile. There are a lots in there head and shoulders above the rest, which I could (at one time) have hope to lead, so well done for a fantastic effort that has resisted the decades. Finally for the ultimate in puerile, applied from your statement would be bouldering, lugging a mattress up a hill to find the hardest way up a small rock. It’s whatever floats your boat and that’s the beauty of all forms of climbing.
Massive congratulations to Caff. If I could swap rock climbing CVs with anyone it would be Caff.
I remember as a student starting university purchasing Extreme Rock which seemed a huge sum of money at the time but has been huge source of inspiration over the years.
I’ve been wondering that too. And what will it be called? “Hard Extremely Severe Rock” I suppose. Maybe the reward for being the first to complete Extreme Rock should be getting to choose what goes into the next book, and NOT have to climb all of them...
The point about the Classic, Hard, Extreme series is not the choice of routes. It's also about the diversity of authors and essays that go with it. It shouldn't be one person's choice.