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The Central Buttress of Scafell

edited by Graham Wilson

A collection of historic essays on a legendary route

Ten articles, reproduced by courtesy of the Fell and Rock Climbing Club and the Yorkshire Ramblers’ Club, chart the stages by which the Central Buttress of Scafell was besieged, conquered and finally, apparently, domesticated. Or was it?

In his introduction and commentary, Graham Wilson assesses the growth of the myth, the challenges of the climb and its status ninety years on. The articles range from Ashley Abraham’s call to action in 1907 and Sansom’s account of Herford’s first ascent in 1914 to Mabel Barker and Jack Carswell’s entertaining account of reversing the climb in the 1930s. And, as a coda, a twenty-first century account by a young woman climber reflects on the achievements of those who went before.

The characters involved in the creation of the climb read like a Who’s Who of British climbing at the time. The sheer determination and teamwork shown by all concerned is indicative of a climbing scene that was competitive yet comradely. This collection is as taut as a good thriller, as beguiling as a love story and opens a window onto a singular climbing era.

John Horscroft, Climber, March 2006

…there is a rich harvest of writing here that, when brought together, reveals a community sharing the gradual solving of entertaining problems in all its competitive detail… This little book demonstrates what ought also to be true today: how questions of style, imagination and personality are resolved into the changing meaning of a climb.

Tery Gifford, Climb, April 2005

170x120mm, xviii + 184 pp
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