“Climbing’s changed. The world’s changed. The BMC has changed. The climate’s changing. But imagine that, you can still go and do Sou’wester Slabs and feel the rock, exactly as it was, 75 years ago. Isn’t climbing amazing?“
We couldn’t put it any better.
We’re the BMC – or British Mountaineering Council. To celebrate our 75th birthday – on the 2 Dec 2019 – we worked with Dom Bush of Land and Sky Media to create a film that connected modern climbing with our heritage in 1944.
In this short film, Gilly McArthur and Charlie Woodburn head to the wilds of Arran to climb Sou'wester Slabs (VD).
Sou'wester Slabs, featured in the Classic Rock book is a 100-m VD climb on Cir Mhor, Arran. Featuring slab and crack climbing on superb mountain granite, it was first climbed by G H Townsend, G C Curtis, M J H Hawkins and H Hore on 03 September 1944.
“To go up that piece of rock, you’re connecting very strongly with the people that first had the experience, because it won’t have changed. What people were doing in 1944 was exactly the same as people are doing today. The past doesn’t separate us, in a way it just brings us together... just being in this amazing rock world and what this was doing to you as a person.” – Niall Grimes.
Look out for our second Join the Adventure film, where we follow BMC president Lynn Robinson on her epic TGO challenge walk. Coming soon.
Film by https://www.landandskymedia...
Thanks to our friends at https://lowealpine.com/uk/
for supporting this film.
Archive photos from https://www.mountain-herita...
Find out more about our 75th birthday: https://www.thebmc.co.uk/75...
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