Historical Rock Climbing Images

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More Early British Images


Pre-1902 rope-less climbing on Stannage Edge.
Photos G. A. Fowkes
Follow the leader

Follow the leader on Row Tor. Pre-1902

Ron Hoods Stride
At Robin Hood's Stride - a difficult summit pitch protected with a top rope. Pre-1902
Photo by G. A. Fowkes
Brassington Crack
Crack Climbing on the dolomite at Brassington. Pre-1902
Photo by Guy D. Barton

Brassington dolomite
Pre-1902 Face climbing at Brassington.
Photo by Claude Barton
Black Rocks

Soloing on Black Rocks, Cromford.
Photo by G. A. Fowkes

Eckenstein on Lliwedd
The West Buttress of Lliwedd, first climbed in 1883. On this later ascent the climber in the center of the picture is Oscar Eckenstein, the first advocate of bouldering.

His experimentation on the Eckenstein Boulder at Pen-Y-Pass opened the way to true balance climbing. J. M. Archer Thompson and Geoffrey Winthrop Young were encouraged by this sort of practice to convey the technique to higher rocks.

Photo by the Abraham Brothers


Three climbers work on a top-roped problem in the 1890s. The middle climber - a female - is fashionably attired in skirt and fedora. Awaiting his turn is - not George Bernard Shaw - but the Rev Septimus Buss.
Photo by the Abraham Brothers
Cratcliffe Tor

The North Climb on Cratcliff Tor - with rope. Pre-1902
Photo by G. A. Fowkes

Brn Door Traverse 1890s The famous Barndoor Traverse at Wastwater Hotel. Dr. Joseph Collier at the crux, watched by his frequent companion, A. E. Field. 1890s.  Photo by the Abraham Brothers  (Due to renovation the traverse is no longer possible)

"Outside the hotel, in the inn-yard, was the Stable Door (or Barn Door) Traverse - quite a gymnastic feat. You had to climb up the rough slabs on the right hand side of the wall and then make a delicate traverse, on very poor holds, into the open door about ten feet above the ground." - A. Harry Griffin in The Coniston Tigers, 2000.     

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