50 Years On - Cruel Sister (E3 5c)Fri Night Vid

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This week's Friday Night Video is a third video from 'Angry Pensioner' Rob Matheson as he's joined by his son Craig, Neil Gresham, and Adrian Nelhams at Pavey Ark. Rob attempts to climb Cruel Sister (E3 5c) exactly 50 years after his first ascent, sharing his thoughts, opinions, and memories on a perfect Lakeland day.

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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4 Nov, 2022

That's Friday night tv sorted. I always enjoy there vids, with the banter and so on. Even when a little trepidation creeps in. I really relate to their style of climbing. And when a friend has just returned from another bolt clipping session on Kalymos, where's the excitement and true thrills.

4 Nov, 2022
another lovely film, thanks!
4 Nov, 2022

Excellent stuff. Just the sort of Friday night viewing that’s required in November!

5 Nov, 2022

another cracker, keep them coming

5 Nov, 2022

Have I missed an item on his incredibly impressive ascent at Nesscliffe this year? If an item hasn't appeared an is not in the pipeline I feel I want to start a thread.

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