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“The Towers of Paine – Ist Ascent of the Central Tower”

Vic Bray, Leo Dickinson (Gro) - 27 min

Friday, 14. Nov. 2008 from 15:30 in Kammermusiksaal       

In October 1962 a very strong climbing team of Don Whillans, Chris Bonington, Barrie Page, John Streetly, Derek Walker and film maker Vic Bray left Britain sailing from Liverpool for the 10,000 mile journey to distant Patagonia. Little did they realize as they passed through the Caribbean that, not far away, the Cuban Missile crisis between Kennedy & Khrushchev was reaching its climax. The expedition was filmed on 16mm Kodachrome and Vic Bray edited a version without sound. Opening the can after 44 years Leo Dickinson found it was in pristine condition and eagerly re-edited it. Vic’s film shows a classic approach to the problem of reaching an unclimbed summit back in the sixties before ‘alpine style and lightweight’ became the norm. Camps were erected and an embryonic Whillans Box tent was born to protect the guys against Patagonia’s furious winds. Though risky incidents, like a fall that let a hemp rope snap, Chris and Don reached the top and were the first to reach this summit.