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Climbers re-enact 1960 feat

Posted 15 February 2010
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Climbers re-enact 1960 feat
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An ice climbing feat first achieved 50 years ago has been re-enacted by two Scottish mountaineers.

Dave MacLeod and Andy Turner came down from Ben Nevis after successfully emulating the feat of Jimmy Marshall and Robin Smith in 1960, when the duo carried out six ice climbs on Britain's highest mountain without the aid of modern climbing gear.

Using traditional techniques, the two modern climbers managed to copy the achievement of their predecessors, with their exploits being filmed and shown at the Fort William Mountain Festival.

Those looking to climb in the snow-covered mountains of Scotland or anywhere else may now take advantage of the climbing hardware available to present-day adventurers, which can be bought at the nearest Go Outdoors store.

Fort William Mountain Festival has also included ski lessons for beginners, training in how to spot avalanches, a red deer safari and children's activities, including teaching on conservation issues.

Posted by Dan Mirza