many weekends spent in the Pass climbing on the Wastad, Grochan and Cromlech back in the 70s, camping on the Blaen Y Nant, giving Stan a few bob a night.
Evenings in the Vaynol recounting the day's epics. The occasional breakfast at Wendy's.
Evening cabaret watching the villan on the dartboard at the Padarn, wondering who would be foolish enough to challenge him.
Campsite entertainment provided by the CC hut tenants next door trying to reach further than Pete Crew on the boulder.
Climbing and drinking with the legends! Sounds awesome
awesome days indeed Dan, there seemed to be more "characters" then, nowadays the leading climbers seem to be very intense fitness fanatics with "healthy" diets and minimal beer swillings or maybe I'm out of touch.
Personally I prefer a more relaxed attitude to sportsmanship and love reading stories about climbers past. There's nothing wrong with being out of touch, frankly I can't think of a more comfortable place to be.
I'm with you on that one Dan.
By the way do you like Jim Perrin's writing style?
Yep, in my mind there are few writers currently working in the field of mountain literature who can match Perrin's style, he's an excellent writer, The Villain is one of my favourite books. I also like the work he does for tgo, he writes with a passion and sincerity that is missing from a lot of hiking/climbing magazines.
At the moment I'm re-building the Ben Nevis page so I've been doing quite a lot of reading around the history of climbing there. I found a fantastic website while I was researching called the Glasgow Digital Library, which has all the SMC journals from 1890 to 1901 available for anyone to read. It's wonderful stuff, alone it makes paying for the internet worth the cost!
Hi Dan, I've loved Jim Perrin's style since he started writing in the climbing mags. He tells a great tale. Don's biog is also a great read. Good luck with the page on the Ben and thanks for the SMC link.