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Marshall, James, known as Jimmy
Marshall, James, known as Jimmy
In one legendary week on Ben Nevis in 1960 James Marshall and Robin Smith advanced Scottish winter climbing a full ten years. On consecutive days they climbed six first winter ascents including the awesomely Alpine sized Orion Face Direct, the very steep Smith’s Route on Gardyloo Buttress and also made the second ascent of Point Five Gully in just five hours (the original ascent a year previously had taken 29 hours). The fact they achieved these Grade V routes using step-cutting appears, from the remove of the 21st century, to be almost unbelievable. But Marshall was just as skilled an operator on rock and his futuristic climbs, often done in the company of Robin Smith or John Maclean, were an inspiration to others to push the standard of the day. Such was a measure of Marshall’s skill and the respect it elicited, he was invited to join Glasgow’s infamously tough working-class Creag Dhu Club – surely the only architect from Edinburgh who will ever receive such an accolade.
Standout climbs: Orion Face Direct (V), Smith’s Route, Gardyloo Buttress (V), Minus Two Gully (V), Smith’s Route, Creag Mheaghaidh (VI), The Pause, Bullroar (HVS).

Biographical information is kindly supplied by Colin Wells.
2006-08-06 00:00:00
Maxine Willett
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