In this series of articles, Tom Ripley interviews some well-known climbing partnerships to dig up their dirty secrets and find out what they really think of one another...
Browse through the first ascents section of any Fell and Rock Climbing Club guidebook, and from the 1970s onwards the name Matheson starts to appear. Initially it is R. Matheson (Rob) with first ascents of Cruel Sister (E3), Grand Alliance (E4) and Holocaust (E4) - all of which feature in the hallowed Extreme Rock and are now considered some of the best of their grade in the Lakes.
Great article due to excellent subject matter! I learned something as well, that I've done all the Lakes routes (bar the hardest) attributed to Rob in this article but didn't know they were his (to my shame). They are all glorious outings. I love the banter on the YouTube videos and the lo-fi way they are shot. That's mainly due to these two having to get out and line the camera up and leave it running while Rob belays. You should check them out as the banter confirms all that they've said about each other here. The thing about the trainers is true as well. There was a 7b+ at Kendal that Craig did in his trainers this winter. I'd done it lots of times so the next week I thought I'd give it a go, in trainers... I did manage it but unlike Craig, who that day went on to climb many more routes I had to go and have a lie down in a darkened room 😀
I've met Craig a couple of times in the last few years. He seemed unfeasibly psyched for someone with two small kids. I couldn't fathom how he had the energy and determination. I was left thinking he was definitely someone I'd want on the other end of the rope if I were in a spot of bother. One of the good guys. 🙂