The Long Hope

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By Paul Diffley
Category Film Reviewed byEd Douglas
Date Friday, 10 February 2012
Rating Rating 4.5 out of 5

This outstanding film tells the story of The Long Hope Route on St John's Head in the Orkneys, from the first epic ascent by Ed Drummond and Oliver Hill, to a first free ascent – with variation – from John Arran and Dave Turnbull, and culminating with Dave MacLeod's extraordinary Long Hope Direct, graded E11. Poignant, exciting and well paced, Diffley's film does justice to one of British climbing's most remarkable stories.

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Julian Cooper's Natural Forces

Posted by Ed Douglas at 2.18 PM

There’s a great deal in the outdoor media these days about improving your physical performance, and you can even seek help from those who say they can boost your psychological performance – as though the mountains had become merely an arena in which the individual can categorise themselves. Each to his own.   For myself, as someone moving ungracefully beyond all notions of performance, I benefit most from advice on how to enrich my soul, and if you feel the same, then let me offer you this: the artist Julian Cooper has ...
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