Rob Matheson on Pink Panther - 50 Years OnFri Night Vid

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This week's Friday Night Video takes us to Dow Crag in the Lake District where Rob Matheson is taking on Pink Panther (E2 5c), 50 years after he made the first ascent. 

The video continues Rob's excellent series where he provides commentary on the demands and complexities of trad climbing.

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, who's alright at climbing too.

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Brilliant video for this wet weekend and without all the horrible bang bang thudding the music

16 Jul

I love Rob's climbing videos - some of the best accessible UK trad footage around..

17 Jul

Was recently scorned for carrying lots of short slings - as a Lakes climber, this video nicely justifies my choice!

p.s. can confirm the RP is good…

18 Jul

On the other hand I can confirm the sling is decidedly dodgy....😬

I'm with you all the way too - 60cm slings are one of the most vastly underrated bits of kit you can carry!!

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