The Hardest Way

Sunday, 21 February 2010

I was at the Adventure Summit in the Lake District yesterday, and despite the event's rather heavyweight pitch  a decent number of people turned out to hear Chris Bonington and Doug Scott talk about their early motivation as mountaineers. Scott's lecture particularly was a bit of a revelation. I'd never heard him talk so freely about his childhood before and it was fascinating. Bonington had brought along a copy of The Hardest Way Up, the Thames Television documentary about the 1970 Annapurna South Face expedition. Like many in the audience, I'd never seen this and thought it fascinating and ultimately very moving, as the shocking news of Ian Clough's death is brought to camp just as news of the team's success is being radioed to the wider world. Written, narrated and produced by John Edwards, and executive produced by Jeremy Isaacs, it would be great if this film were available on DVD. What other treasures are out there that might deserve revisiting? Bonington was very emotion after watching the flm, alongside Ian's daughter Jenny, who was two at the time of her father's death.

Posted by Ed Douglas at 2.32 PM