The Fly and the climber

The Fly and the climber

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The G.G.M. poem

The Groupe des Grimpeurs Marseillais was created by 'The Greek', Georges Livanos following the example of the G.H.M.

The poem was published in the 1961 G.G.M. bulletin. Its author, André Tête, was a climber with whom I did in 1960, at 18, the North face of the Vignemale in the Pyrenees in a week-end. We left Marseille early Saturday morning, on a small motorbike (mine. My brother bitterly regretted to having let my father buy it for me and sold it off when I went studying in the Uk the following year!), drove the 650 km to the foot of the face, reached late afternoon, bivouacked at the foot, climbed the route on the Sunday and were back in Marseille late the same day. Quite a trip, particularly since André was a very tall fellow, near 6 feet 4 and not that light. With our climbing gear, it was quite a test for my small motorbike and our maximum speed never exceeded 90/Km an hour!

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Les CabanonsEric on les Cabanons (Photo Jacques Brès)

The Greek dedication to ericGeorge Livanos, 'The Greek' wrote this dedication for me on his new book Cassin once upon a time the sixth grade:

The new wave on StanageThe same year - 1961 - climbing on Stanage in the typical 'scruffy' attire ot the Brits climber

The Greek with his remoulded trainers The Greek with his remoulded trainers. Before using the Pierre Alain shoes (the EBs) him and his friends cut pieces in automobile tyres and glued them on the soles of their gym shoes.

By boat to En Veau The Greek team coming by boat to En Veau - 1959 - filmed for 'One day in France' TV magazine

The Greek team in En Veau1959 - filmed for 'One day in France TV magazine' - dropped by a small local boat (called a 'pointu' i.e. a pointed one) at the foot of 'God's finger' a very nice climb. Sonia, Roger Lepage, Le Grec and Marc Guiot


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