1960s British Climbing Comes Alive in This Super Rare 16mm Film

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The Left Wall of Cenotaph Corner is a unique 16mm short that depicts British rock climbing in the 1960s. Most interesting here is the use of pebbles crammed into rock cracks and tied off with short lengths of cord, into which a carabiner was fastened, forming a protection that, unlike pitons, wouldn’t scar the rock face. The climb depicted in this film was the first time the Left Wall had ever been climbed and required the climber in the film, Roland Edwards, to repeat the same route over and over again to capture the effort on camera.

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