VIDEO: Jimmy Marshall, King of the BenThe King Of The Ben – Marshall Tribute filmfrom Paul Diffley, Hot AchesJavaScript must be enabled in your browser to play this videoDave MacLeod on Observatory ButtressUKC News, 22 Feb 2010© Paul Diffley/HotachesDave MacLeod and Andy Turner have repeated the infamous week back in 1960 during which Jimmy Marshall and Robin Smith rampaged across Ben Nevis, leaving behind them a string of now absolute classic routes.The routes (all first ascents except Point 5, which was a second ascent) that were climbed by Marshall and Smith were:The Great Chimney (IV,5) 6th February 1960Minus Three Gully (IV,5) 7th February 1960Smith's Route (V,5) 8th February 1960Observatory Buttress (V,4) 9th February 1960Point Five Gully (V,5) 10th February 1960Piggot's Route (V,6) 12th February 1960Orion Direct (V,5) 13th February 1960Paul Diffley of Hotaches Productions filmed MacLeod and Turner as they enjoyed a gruelling week up on the Ben based in the CIC hut:“I was filming the close up angle from rope and cameraman Guy Heaton was filming the long shots. It was funny to see Guy walking out of the CIC hut with a one of the hut chairs strapped to his pack!“ Paul commented.

Dave MacLeod topping out on Observatory ButtressUKC News, 22 Feb 2010© Paul Diffley/Hotaches

Paul Diffley Filming Dave MacLeod on Point Five Gully, Ben NevisUKC News, 22 Feb 2010© Guy Heaton“I climbed over the cornice onto the summit plateau with my calf muscles burning to be greeted by bright sunshine and the most wonderful views of the highlands in winter.“The pair of top winter climbers also tried their hand at step cutting, using old ice axes, but the highlight for Paul Diffley was Point 5 Gully – see photo on the right.“I think the day we filmed Point Five Gully was the best day's filming I've ever had. The Ben was in lovely condition and the light was beautiful.I climbed over the cornice onto the summit plateau with my calf muscles burning to be greeted by bright sunshine and the most wonderful views of the highlands in winter. The combination of the adrenalin and endorphins from the climb, combined with the magnificent views and the knowledge that I'd just shot some really nice footage gave me a high that lasted all night.I am planning on producing a full length film of the week combined with interviews from Jimmy Marshal and other climbers active at the time. This will be released in autumn 2010. Working Title, 'A Week On The Ben'.“

Guy Heaton filimingUKC News, 22 Feb 2010© Guy Heaton

The week was supported byMountain Equipment, and Paul Diffley was guided by Donald King from Abacus Mountaineering. Diesen Artikel inkl. Bilder auf UKClimbing.com anschauen