This photograph - which has faded with time - provides the ghostly image of a Westland helicopter from HMS Endurance back in the late 60's. The crew are in foreground...
We recently did some slide scans for Stephen Reid of Needle Sports in Cumbria
Stephen has been working on a rock climbing book which is to be published in the future –
2026 really is when the book will hopefully be published as it will be the 200th anniversary of the first ascent of Pillar Rock which was climbed on 9th July 1826 by a local farmer, John Atkinson of Croftfoot, Ennerdale. Shepherds were really the only people who knew Pillar at all well at the time due to having to rescue stranded sheep and it was at least 25 years before the first inklings of rock climbing as a sport began to develop in the UK (though alpine climbing had been practiced for some time by this date, with Mt Blanc having first been climbed in 1786). Actually, to do a good job of it will take me at least the next 8 years.
I attach a couple of photos both taken by myself -and scanned by Saturn Films 1969 🙂
Pillar Rock as one approaches from Ennerdale.
Alastair Hopkins climbing one of the easier climbs on the crag, New West Climb (Very Difficult) which was first climbed in 1901.
Best Regards Stephen Reid Needle Sports
About Needle Sports – Needle Sports is one of the UK’s top specialist climbing gear shops and still a proud independent. We supply mountaineering, rock, ice, alpine and expedition climbing equipment to climbers worldwide from our base in the heart of the beautiful English Lake District, where we have some of the UK’s best crags, lakes and hills (or “fells” as they are known locally) on our doorstep.