In this article, 'Ginger' Cain shares with us his account of the first ascent of Thor E2 5c on Skye in 1967. He also shares some of his beautiful mountain landscape paintings. He is a well known figure around Llanberis and owns the shop Mountain Art on the high street. He is a regular face in the legendary Pizza & Pint night and is usually the last out at closing time. He wants to share his work (in his words) "to let people know I'm not dead yet".
From the Article:
"I heard him place a peg runner below the roof and shortly he re-appeared at the left extremity of the gangway below the overhanging dyke. Here he remarked on the discovery of the old ring-peg. With a remarkable lack of foot-shuffling, hand-blowing and the usual time-wasting manoeuvres he launched himself across the corner and over the overhanging dyke. Lost to my view he moved up the steep corner above, pausing longer there as he placed nut runners...
...Then, somehow, I was across on to the perch above the dyke, concious only of a great deal of fresh air below my tightening sphincter...."
In reply to Jack Geldard - Editor - UKC: Yeah, thanks for sharing Ginger, I think what really sets these apart from some other mountain paintings i've seen is that unlike a sort of sterile photo, he realy represents how the landscape can look when you are there, the colours seem more vibrant and foreshortening makes the peaks seem much more imposing-such as the buachaille painting, really beautifully executed
They strike me as quite interesting. Something iconic and even religious about them.... they are quite emotive and ominus. Some of them have hints of Japanese prints about them to my eye. (A good thing).
**refrains from making obvious schoolboy humour jokes about the quote The Ed used.**