||Puttrell, James William (1869-1939)|
||Sheffield native Puttrell began climbing on the gritstone cliffs of Wharncliffe to the north of the city in 1888 and is thereby credited with founding the significant ‘school’ of gritstone climbing. This type of high-friction climbing requires advanced technique and Putrell evolved into a highly proficient climber, especially as he climbed alone for the first two years of his career. When he finally did hook up with other climbers, he made climbs which were years ahead of their time, mainly in Derbyshire. On one of his few excursions to other rmountain areas he took part in the first ascents of Glencoe’s Crowberry Ridge Direct and Ben Nuis Chimney on the Isle of Arran – a climb which was not repeated for 54 years!
Further reading: High Peak, Eric Byne, 1966
||Biographical information is kindly supplied by Colin Wells.|
||Puttrell, James William (1869-1939)
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