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Edwards, John Menlove (1910-1958)
Edwards, John Menlove  (1910-1958)
Liverpudlian Edwards was one of the more innovative and complex characters to come out of inter-war British rock-climbing. His most important legacy to the development of the sport was his exploration of the great cliffs of Llanberis Pass, which had hitherto been mostly ignored due to the looseness of the rock. Edward’s skill and courage was such that he was able to break through the psychological barrier of pioneering such dangerous ground, and in the process discovered one of the most significant proving grounds of British rock climbing which future generations, benefiting from the ‘cleaned up’ rock faces, would use to push standards of the Second World War. Edward’s other major contribution to British climbing was in the form of his writing and poetry, in which he describes his emotional state and motivations when climbing in a striking and memorable manner. Even when compiling climbing guidebooks his writing transcended mere utilitarian prose, and they are often regarded as works of literature in their own right. A psychiatrist by profession, Menlove Edwards suffered from increasing depression and mental illness himself and tragically committed suicide in 1958.
Further reading: Menlove, Jim Perrin.
Biographical information is kindly supplied by Colin Wells.
2006-08-06 00:00:00
Maxine Willett
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