||Naismith, William W (1856-1935)|
||Naismith was one of Scotland’s greatest pioneer climbers taking part in many historic first ascents such as the first ‘gymnastic’ Scottish rock-climb, The Black Shoot of Stob Maol in 1892. Other significant climbs included King’s Chimney on Skye’s Cuillin, and winter ascents of Castle and South Castle Gullies on Ben Nevis in 1896. Further afield Naismith also helped pioneer routes in Norway and the Alps. It was also Naismith who first proposed the foundation of a ‘Scottish Alpine Club’ – an idea which would result in the foundation of the highly influential Scottish Mountaineering Club. Naismith is also famous for his ‘Rule’ – a way of calculating the approximate time required to undertake a mountain journey on foot (allow one hour for every horizontal 3 miles plus an extra hour for every 2000ft of ascent).
Further reading: A Century of Scottish Mountaineering, WD Brooker (Ed.), Scottish Mountaineering Trust.
||Biographical information is kindly supplied by Colin Wells.|
||Naismith, William W (1856-1935)