/ Rock climbs established in 1944

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Dom Bush - on 07 Feb 2019

I'm doing some research and would to have some input from those who have a good historical knowledge of British climbing.

Do you know any classic routes that were first climbed in 1944? These could be anywhere in the British Isles!

Any help would be much appreciated, I have a limited guidebook collection! 

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IanMcC - on 07 Feb 2019
In reply to Dom Bush:

Arrow Route (VD)

Sron na Ciche Skye

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Dom Bush - on 07 Feb 2019
In reply to IanMcC:

Excellent, thanks.

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Michael Hood - on 07 Feb 2019
In reply to Dom Bush:

There are probably some RJ Birkett routes in the Lakes from that year. A lot of his are classics.

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Doug on 07 Feb 2019
In reply to Dom Bush:

Not quite sure what counts as a classic but see Brian Kellett's new routes on Ben Nevis, list at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_Pinder_Kellett

edited to correct spelling

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Rick Graham on 07 Feb 2019
In reply to Dom Bush:

You will also have to include some routes first climbed at 19.44 pm.

All local climbers know that some of the best climbing in the lakes is crammed into evenings after work.

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IanMcC - on 07 Feb 2019
In reply to Dom Bush:

Not a classic, but recently given a FWA.

http://www.scottishwinter.com/?p=6925

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Simon Caldwell - on 07 Feb 2019
nniff - on 07 Feb 2019
In reply to Dom Bush:

It's probably worth thumbing through a few South West guides and Western Highlands.

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McHeath - on 07 Feb 2019
In reply to Dom Bush:

Maybe worth researching John Menlove Edwards; he spent part of 1944 in North Wales before moving to live with his sister in Canterbury as his paranoia worsened.

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full stottie on 07 Feb 2019
In reply to Dom Bush:

Sou' Wester Slabs on Cir Mhor, Arran,1944 by Townend, Curtis, Hare and Hawkins.

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Sean Kelly - on 07 Feb 2019
In reply to nniff:

> It's probably worth thumbing through a few South West guides and Western Highlands.

Terrier's Tooth in 1940 and Demo Route in 1943, but there must have been some routes put up by the military at the time, what with 'D' day and all that commando training going on.

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Cumbrian Climber - on 09 Feb 2019
In reply to Dom Bush:

> Do you know any classic routes that were first climbed in 1944?

The trouble with this modern idea of putting the first ascent info in with the route description is that you can't look this sort of thing up any more. In the Lakes, very few if any classics, but the few routes that were done were either the work of Jim Birkett or Bentley Beetham - nearly everyone else being away getting shot at I imagine. Of these, Birkett's Girdle of Esk Buttress and Beetham's Yan, Tan Tethera etc on Glaciated Slab are probably the best known, though hardly classics.

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Phizzers - on 11 Feb 2019
In reply to Dom Bush:

Jim Birkett 's wife left him in 1944, so he got back into climbing that year (Jim never climbed when he was married). He started with the girdle traverse of Esk Buttress, (VS) and followed this with Serpent route, Frustration, Afterthought, Chimney buttress and Reunion climb (not recorded in the guide). Over on Blind tarn crag he added Cinderella.

Over on Overbeck buttress, a young John Wilkinson added Zig-Zag, not bad for a kid who's still in the FRCC club.

The only other significant activity in the Lakes was from Bentley Beetham, who added a dozen routes to Borrowdale, mainly around Combe gill.

Cheers

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Dom Bush - on 11 Feb 2019
In reply to Phizzers:

Girdle of Esk sounds like fun, and a possible route-finding nightmare. Have you climbed it Phizzers?
 

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Phizzers - on 11 Feb 2019
In reply to Dom Bush:

Unfortunately I haven't. It's one I've had my eye on for ages, but I haven't been to Esk for 15 years.

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Michael Gordon - on 14 Feb 2019
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tripehound - on 21:46 Fri
In reply to Dom Bush:

Some of the older FRCC guides have the dates of first ascents in the back.

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derryclimbs - on 12:37 Sat
In reply to Dom Bush:

Worth researching Sennen in cornwall. loads of routes put up in the 1940s by commando teams. the west country rockfax doesn't have specific years as presumably it wasn't documented until after the war had ended. Perhaps a Sennen local might have more information. 

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alan edmonds - on 18:20 Sat
In reply to Dom Bush:

Gallt Yr Ogof

The Overhangs

Crack and Wall

Airy Corner

Glyder Fach - East Face

Giant’s Steps Buttress

The Chateau 

Two Tower Buttress

CHSR Palmer & JM Bechervaise

August/September 1944

Classic? 

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alan edmonds - on 18:32 Sat
In reply to Dom Bush:

Dinas Mot

Dolerite Dump

JEQ Barford & D Pepper

Garden Groove

JEQ Barford, RMP Hartog & MP Ward

Both June 1944

Classic?

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alan edmonds - on 19:03 Sat
In reply to Dom Bush:

Southern Traverse, Castle Rock

EB Mendus & W Peascod

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