Friday, October 30, 2009

Friday Morning Time Waster: 33 Years Ago on Ben Nevis



John Cunningham soloing a pastiche of routes on Ben Nevis in 1976. This understated, beautiful film was shot by Charles Grosbeck and produced by Yvon Chouinard. Watching Cunningham's speed and technique, it's easy to see why Scottish climbing and equipment were so influential on the development of modern ice climbing. Tragically, Cunningham died in 1980 when a wave swept him into the sea below the cliffs of Anglesey.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

maybe only 33 years ago, I don't need to feel older than I already am :)

Dougald MacDonald said...

Doh! Math isn't my strong suit.... Corrected.

Anonymous said...

A real mountaineer if ever I saw one. Fully kitted out on his motorbike and NO gloves - brrrrrrr!