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By Paul Diffley
Category Film Reviewed byEd Douglas
Date Monday, 18 November 2013
Rating Rating 4 out of 5

Paul Diffley follows up the hugely successful Long Hope Route with a lower-key but thought-provoking film that weaves together the extraordinary life of ex-miner Andy Cave with the harsh, elemental appeal of Scottish winter climbing. Cave's engaging commentary and impressive footage from the Ben and elsewhere combine to offer a meditation on the appeal of wild environments and a life of adventure.

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Play Up, Then Cheat

Posted by Ed Douglas at 1.54 PM

So I’m working away, listening to the cricket, when my friend Henry Iddon mentions on twitter that he’s reading Frank Nugent’s entertaining history of early Irish mountaineers, of whom our joint favourite is Lizzie Le Blond, whose climbing activities became a society scandal. Anyway, Lizzie’s first husband was the adventurer and army officer Fred Burnaby, who admitted with refreshing honesty that Lizzie was both more adventurous and much, much more intelligent, shortly before he met his death at the Battle of Abu Klea, ...
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