Echoes from the Crags – an Audio Climbing Archive

The climbing and mountaineering world is full of characters. Many of them have interesting and exciting stories to tell. Wouldn’t it be great if we could capture them for posterity?

MHT is continuing its important work by looking at the potential for recording interviews with climbers and mountaineers. The spoken word is a potent way of capturing the past and making history come alive.

Don Whillans and Bill Peascod on what proved to be his last climb (Great Slab, Clogwyn du Arrdu, North Wales, May 1985) © Bill Birkett

Don Whillans and Bill Peascod on what proved to be his last climb (Great Slab, Clogwyn du Arrdu, North Wales, May 1985) © Bill Birkett

MHT currently holds interviews recorded for research purposes by Alan Hankinson whose interviewees include members of Everest expeditions (1924-1975), Geoffrey Winthrop Young, A B Hargreaves, Ivan Waller and Harry Griffin amongst others. Meanwhile the interviews recorded by Giles Barker include Joe Brown, Ed Drummond, Paul Nunn and Jack Longland.

If you are aware of any existing interviews, or would be interested in working towards creating an audio archive for your club, then MHT would like to hear from you.

Email: maxine@mountain-heritage.org Tel: 01768 840911