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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The Great Tradition

Posted by Ed Douglas at 3.00 PM

  These things build slowly. There’s no immediate recognition that this particular fragment of your life is forming itself so perfectly. You just start out acknowledging the weather is good, that you feel strong and happy and that the day’s challenge matches something inside you that feels important. Things grow from there into something unexpected and welcome, like a ptarmigan scuttling around underfoot or an unexpected breeze as you sweat uphill. Hours later, you realise that you’re in the middle of something ...
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