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Rob Matheson 50 Years On - Catacomb (E1 5b)Fri Night Vid

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Rob Matheson is back on his mission to reclimb some of his classic routes in this week's Friday Night Video. Rob returns to Dow Crag with his son, Craig, fifty years after his first ascent of Catacomb (E1 5b) that he climbed with his Dad, Murdoch.

Read more about Rob in our feature below:

You can see more of Rob and Craig at this year's Kendal Mountain Festival where our very own Rob Greenwood will be compering a session with the Lakeland legends. 

A pioneer of the Lakeland climbing scene, local legend Rob is still climbing hard in his 70s and has recently been making repeat ascents of iconic climbs he created 50 years ago; imposing and inspiring lines such as Paladin (E3 6a), Cruel Sister (E3 5c) and Holocaust (E4 6a), often on camera under his 'Angry Pensioner' alias and accompanied by his son Craig. Continuing the family tradition, Craig is one of the UK's foremost climbers with many hard Lakeland first ascents under his belt including Stopper Knot (E8 6c), Thy Will be Done (E8 6c) and Hard Cheese (E10 7a). Rob and Craig talk about their love of climbing, family influences, training tips and much more.


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16 Sep

What a cracking inspiring film and climber. Catacomb looks absolutely brilliant on a fantastic crag!

Lovely film of a lovely looking climb.

17 Sep

That was lovely. What an absolute dude.

17 Sep

This one is just great, E7 at 72:

https://youtu.be/WF3KeGGRBU4

17 Sep

Very enjoyable. A route us ordinary mortals can aspire to. Thanks for posting.

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