Valley Uprising

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By Peter Mortimer & Nick Rosen
Category Film Reviewed byEd Douglas
Date Tuesday, 13 January 2015
Rating Rating 4 out of 5

There’s much to admire in this epic overview of Yosemite’s long and rebellious history, which matches a wealth of archive material, plenty of legends and a dose of social history. It picks up the arc of the Valley’s story in the mid 1950s with the clash of the titans – Royal Robbins and Warren Harding – through the rambunctious years of the Stonemasters and offers plenty of evidence that some of Yosemite’s old-school flavour can still be detected in the antics of Dean Potter and Alex Honnold.

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Play Up, Then Cheat

Posted by Ed Douglas at 1.54 PM

So I’m working away, listening to the cricket, when my friend Henry Iddon mentions on twitter that he’s reading Frank Nugent’s entertaining history of early Irish mountaineers, of whom our joint favourite is Lizzie Le Blond, whose climbing activities became a society scandal. Anyway, Lizzie’s first husband was the adventurer and army officer Fred Burnaby, who admitted with refreshing honesty that Lizzie was both more adventurous and much, much more intelligent, shortly before he met his death at the Battle of Abu Klea, ...
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