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Failure !
© Al Todd, Dec 1985
Route: Ritchies Gully
Climbers: Duncan Bond
Camera used: Pentax ME Super - slide film
Date taken: 28th December 1985
VOTING: from 58 votes
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Crampon fell off at crux. Duncan attempted to lower off his axe threaded behind a fragile icicle with the inevitable result. Fell circa 20m with a Warthog stopping him from hitting the ground. Pic taken after lowering him the final 2m
Al Todd - 23/Nov/10
Brilliant, if ever a picture told a story.
Captain Solo - 23/Nov/10
Absolutely classic, although I think he is smiling a little too much for Scottish winter climbing, not suppose to be fun ;¬)
joese7en - 23/Nov/10
He was smiling with relief and from memory also muttering something about needing a cigarette......
Al Todd - 23/Nov/10
I can imagine, having now seen the other picture if that’s where he fell from?
joese7en - 23/Nov/10
he fell from just below the roof with the icicle he jammed his axe behind clearly visible
Al Todd - 23/Nov/10
you need to view the other photos first.
I saw this one and thought he had slipped down the shallow slope from where he left his crampon. Didn't seem too bad
stevev - 23/Nov/10
this picture relates, he fell from a little higher.......
Al Todd - 26/Nov/10
Nice one Al. Especially considering it is (?) a scanned slide.
What is Mr. Bond up to these days?
Null - 28/Nov/10
one of.....THOSE days!
scottie390 - 28/Nov/10
Nice one Duncan!
mark mcgowan01 - 04/Dec/10
Dear me Duncan!
Glad you never did that when I climbed with you!
Ghastly Rubberfeet - 05/Dec/10
It's good to see me in my youth and see so many of you are like me but despite my best efforts still alive.
Al, I had forgotten all about this climb, or lack of, what a great picture!
Erstwhile - you asked what I am up to! Currently I am working way too hard in Saudi Arabia recovering from the debris of a failed marriage and doing almost no climbing! Would love to know what any of you guys are up to! Regards Duncan
The Arabian Shake - 07/Dec/10
Related picture which shows where he fell from now saved here -
Al Todd - 04/Sep/11
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