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Andrews, Arthur (1868-1959)
All-round sporting hero Arthur Andrews started off his climbing career in Snowdonia in the company of fellow pioneers Archer-Thomson and Oscar Eckenstein, undertaking the exploration of the forbidding cliff of Lliwedd in the last decade of the nineteenth century. He was also instrumental in producing the first modern pocket-style climbing guides. In between he found time to represent Great Britain in international athletics as a mile runner, while in 1900 he reached the semi-finals of the Men’s Singles at Wimbledon. In 1902 Andrews swapped strawberries and cream for, well, clotted cream when he moved to the south-west and began a love affair with the sea-cliffs of Cornwall. Beginning with the cliffs at Wicca, he climbed widely in the region and, for an incredible 30 years, Andrews had Cornish climbing more or less to himself. Rarely can the epithet ‘pioneer’ be so accurate. The origins of Cornish climbing was very much a family affair as well: Andrews’ sister seconded him on most of his climbs in the spirit of the mixed doubles.

Biographical information is kindly supplied by Colin Wells.
2006-08-06 00:00:00
Maxine Willett
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Andrews, Arthur (1868-1959)