||Sumner, John (1936-2004), known as Fritz|
||‘Fritz’ Sumner has had one of the longest ‘new routing’ careers of any climber alive. He kicked off in 1955 and continued enthusiastically ferreting out new lines from the still under-explored playground of mid Wales. With the exception of a brief hiatus in exploration around the early 60s (when John got distracted by domestic bliss), Sumner made an attempt to put every new route up in the district. But Sumner was more than just an obsessive burrower digging out rock from the moss. Not only are many of his routes out and out classics but he was a talented alpinist and was almost single-handedly responsible for inventing mid-Wales ice climbing. In particular, his discoveries and ascents of Trojan (V) and Maesglasau Falls (IV) were magnificent, and would easily hold their own in Scotland, and would not even seem out of place in Canada.
Standout climbs: Wil o’ the Wisp (VD), Sweet Baby James (HVS), Pardon me for breathing (E2), Trojan (V), Measgalsau Falls (V)
||Biographical information is kindly supplied by Colin Wells.|
||Sumner, John (1936-2004), known as Fritz