||Braithwaite, Paul (1946-) known as Tut|
||In many ways, Oldham born Braithwaite is one of the great unsung heroes of recent British climbing history. His image turns up, Zelig-like, in photographs illustrating many of the most seminal expeditions from the late 60s onwards and yet he prefers to take a low-profile approach. Although his ‘speciality’ is in alpine and expedition climbing, he is no slouch when it comes to domestic rock climbing, having put up 25 new routes including such outstanding modern extreme classics as Scansor on Glencoe’s Stob Coire nan Lochan, and The Cumbrian on Esk Buttress in the Lake District. His alpine record is outstanding; he made the first British ascent of the Croz Spur on the Grandes Jorasses, while on Baffin Island he made the first ascent of the awesome East Pillar of Mount Asgard. In Patagonia he made the first ascent of Point Innominata, and in the Pamirs he bagged the south-east spur of Pic Lenin. Perhaps his finest hour came when, together with Nick Estcourt, he solved the problem of the highly technical rock band barring access to Everest’s summit on Sir Chris Bonington’s famous 1975 ‘Everest the Hard Way’ expedition. This proved to be the key to the climb.
Further reading: Everest the Hard Way, Chris Bonington. 1976
||Biographical information is kindly supplied by Colin Wells.|
||Braithwaite, Paul (1946-) known as Tut
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