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MacInnes, Hamish (1931-)
MacInnes is nothing if not a mountaineering Renaissance man: mountain rescue innovator, equipment designer, ice-tool entrepreneur, photographer and film-maker. His climbing achievements alone would qualify him for a place in a list of Britain’s most memorable climbers (e.g. 1st ascent Zero Gully, Raven’s Gully, 1st British ascent Bonatti Pillar, expeditions all over the world) but his influence is tangible in many other related spheres. He introduced the first all-metal ice axes and developed the inclined pick to produce the Terrordactyl – the Grandaddy of all modern steep ice tools. He pioneered the use of rescue dogs in the British hills, redesigned mountain rescue stretchers, and wrote the first proper compilation guides to Scottish climbs in 1971. As if all this wasn’t enough he zoomed around the world working as cameraman on Hollywood films, hunting Yeti in the Himalaya and gold in South America, while simultaneously writing entertaining semi-autobiographical books about his adventures. MacInnes also famously attempted to beat the English to the summit of Everest in 1953 by ‘leading’ a two-man expedition during which he and fellow Scot John Cunningham carried all the hardware and their supplies on their backs in enormous 160lb rucsacs. Not surprisingly, they failed to reach the summit, but remarkably, they did manage to reach Everest basecamp!
Biographical information is kindly supplied by Colin Wells.
2006-08-06 00:00:00
Maxine Willett
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MacInnes, Hamish (1931-)
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285a : Ice axe
294b : Oxygen cylinder
294c : Terrordactyl
311 : Windsuit
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British University Film and Video Council