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Memories of Dolphin: The Life of a Climber Remembered

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The tragic death in 1953 of the foremost rock climber of 1940's Britain, Arthur Dolphin, cut short a remarkable career. However, his climbs, especially those in the Lake District, remain renowned for their quality and difficulty. Here for the first time, are the collected memories of those who knew Dolphin best and remember him as a superb climber and true gentleman. The book includes a free DVD, showing black and white footage from 1950 and 1951, of Dolphin in action at Almscliff and on Gimmer Crag in the Lake District. "Factual information is listed for Arthur Dolphin's First Ascents in chronological order and on an area by area and crag by crag basis with details of partners, grades and star quality. These statistics could speak for themselves, but author/editor Tom Greenwood has collected personal accounts, journal articles, diary extracts, snippets etc. to create an archive of material that underpins Arthur Dolphin's general nature and enthusiasm as well as deeds of derring-do, but Arthur himself left little in writing except his route descriptions and guidebook appraisals, and he did contribute to journals of the clubs of which he was a member. `Memories Of Dolphin' reprints `Recent Developments in Lakeland' from the 1948 Fell & Rock Journal, and `What's In A Name' from the 1951 Gritstone Club Journal together with transcripts from his 1951 Alpine diary. It is accepted that Arthur kept diaries but others have not been traced. Amongst the wealth of material accumulated by Tom Greenwood I believe the most significant are a reprinted article from the 2006 Fell & Rock Journal (of which I was joint editor) by John Cook outlining Arthur Dolphin's illustrious career, followed by Michael Dwyer's poignant insights to his personality, and Harold Drasdo's double observations on his character. There are many more contributions from celebrity status names in climbing circles as well as less well known contemporaries, together with references from other clubs as Yorkshire Mountaineering Club, Alpine Club etc, and including forensic examination of Arthur's fatal accident plus obituaries - that all together endorse `Memories Of Dolphin' as a definitive statement and an important endowment to the written history of climbing. The book is well illustrated throughout but a crucial extra component is the DVD in a sleeve to the back cover. This presents remarkable amateur black and white silent `movie' pictures of Arthur soloing routes in great style at Almscliff, and repeat climbing Kipling Groove (with Peter Greenwood) and The Crack on Gimmer (with John Lockwood). With alternative approaches involving different voice-overs and some modern footage there are 4 versions from the original film, and no-one watching Arthur's flowing movements on extreme rock can doubt he was the finest rock technician of his time. `Memories Of Dolphin' pays homage to Arthur Dolphin and it will ensure his legacy lives on." (D. Elliott). Very good copy, unmarked

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Author(s):
Thomas Greenwood
Condition:
Used: very good
Edition:
2009
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
095641530X
ISBN-13:
9780956415301
Number of pages:
141
Publisher:
Green Woods
Title:
Memories of Dolphin: The Life of a Climber Remembered

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The tragic death in 1953 of the foremost rock climber of 1940's Britain, Arthur Dolphin, cut short a remarkable career. However, his climbs, especially those in the Lake District, remain renowned for their quality and difficulty. Here for the first time, are the collected memories of those who knew Dolphin best and remember him as a superb climber and true gentleman. The book includes a free DVD, showing black and white footage from 1950 and 1951, of Dolphin in action at Almscliff and on Gimmer Crag in the Lake District. "Factual information is listed for Arthur Dolphin's First Ascents in chronological order and on an area by area and crag by crag basis with details of partners, grades and star quality. These statistics could speak for themselves, but author/editor Tom Greenwood has collected personal accounts, journal articles, diary extracts, snippets etc. to create an archive of material that underpins Arthur Dolphin's general nature and enthusiasm as well as deeds of derring-do, but Arthur himself left little in writing except his route descriptions and guidebook appraisals, and he did contribute to journals of the clubs of which he was a member. `Memories Of Dolphin' reprints `Recent Developments in Lakeland' from the 1948 Fell & Rock Journal, and `What's In A Name' from the 1951 Gritstone Club Journal together with transcripts from his 1951 Alpine diary. It is accepted that Arthur kept diaries but others have not been traced. Amongst the wealth of material accumulated by Tom Greenwood I believe the most significant are a reprinted article from the 2006 Fell & Rock Journal (of which I was joint editor) by John Cook outlining Arthur Dolphin's illustrious career, followed by Michael Dwyer's poignant insights to his personality, and Harold Drasdo's double observations on his character. There are many more contributions from celebrity status names in climbing circles as well as less well known contemporaries, together with references from other clubs as Yorkshire Mountaineering Club, Alpine Club etc, and including forensic examination of Arthur's fatal accident plus obituaries - that all together endorse `Memories Of Dolphin' as a definitive statement and an important endowment to the written history of climbing. The book is well illustrated throughout but a crucial extra component is the DVD in a sleeve to the back cover. This presents remarkable amateur black and white silent `movie' pictures of Arthur soloing routes in great style at Almscliff, and repeat climbing Kipling Groove (with Peter Greenwood) and The Crack on Gimmer (with John Lockwood). With alternative approaches involving different voice-overs and some modern footage there are 4 versions from the original film, and no-one watching Arthur's flowing movements on extreme rock can doubt he was the finest rock technician of his time. `Memories Of Dolphin' pays homage to Arthur Dolphin and it will ensure his legacy lives on." (D. Elliott). Very good copy, unmarked

Author(s):
Thomas Greenwood
Condition:
Used: very good
Edition:
2009
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
095641530X
ISBN-13:
9780956415301
Number of pages:
141
Publisher:
Green Woods
Title:
Memories of Dolphin: The Life of a Climber Remembered

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