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Name:
Smith, Robin (1939-1962)
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Smith, Robin (1939-1962)
Biography:
Despite his short life, Smith had a disproportionate impact on the resurgence in Scottish climbing in the late 1950s. Climbing with a few elite Scottish climbers such as Dougal Haston and Jimmy Marshall, he pulled of audacious routes such as the extreme rock route The Bat, and the Alpine-scale Orion Face Direct, both on Ben Nevis. The Edinburgh University philosophy student also had a fine prose style, and his essays on several of his climbs, such as The Bat and the Wicked, have been hailed as classics of climbing literature. Smith’s career was prematurely ended when he was killed on a mountaineering expedition to the Pamirs.
Standout climbs: Shibboleth (E2), Yo-Yo (E1) Glencoe; The Bat (E2), Ben Nevis; Gob (E1) Canmore Crag; Smith’s Route (V), Orion Face Direct (V), Ben Nevis.
Further reading: The Games Climbers Play (K.Wilson, Ed.), Baton Wicks, 2000 (contains several of Smith’s essays); Video: The Bat, directed by Jim Curran & Tony Riley, Rab Carrington Ltd (reconstruction of Smith and Haston’s famous Ben Nevis route).
Notes:
Biographical information is kindly supplied by Colin Wells.
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2006-08-06 00:00:00
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Maxine Willett
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Smith, Robin (1939-1962)
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