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Peascod, Bill (1920-1985)
Peascod was a young West Cumbrian miner in the 30s when he decided to go for a bike ride up to Buttermere one bright spring morning after a night shift. What he beheld was a revelation to him: the magnificent hills and cliffs of the Buttermere Valley. Soon he was scrambling about the crags of Birkness, solo, trailing a washing line behind him as like a talisman against the effects of a slip. Only his superb natural climbing ability saved him long enough to be taken under the wing of climbing schoolteacher Bert Beck and brought into the fold of the Fell & Rock Climbing Club. This resulted in an explosion of classic lines including the beautiful and classic line of Eagle Front on Buttermere's Eagle Crag. Peascod escaped from the coal face and emigrated to Australia in the 50s to pursue a career as an artist. The lure of his native fells never left him however, and he returned to his beloved Cumberland in the 1980s to begin new routing again, as well as producing a series of hauntingly evocative oil and mixed media paintings of the Lake District mountains. His no-nonsense expletive-rich repeat performance of Eagle Front on TV with Chris Bonington in hideously slippery conditions brought the house down at the 1984 Kendal Film Festival and is one of the more enduring pieces of climbing television to have been recorded.

Biographical information is kindly supplied by Colin Wells.
2006-08-06 00:00:00
Maxine Willett
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Peascod, Bill (1920-1985)
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