The Ordinary Route

£12.50

Harold Drasdo's memoirs from early days in Yorkshire in the late '40s to the late '90s, encompassing such famous first ascents as North Crag Eliminate on Castle Rock in the Lake District.

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The Ordinary Route

The Ordinary Route
£12.50
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Harold Drasdo's memoirs from early days in Yorkshire in the late '40s to the late '90s, encompassing such famous first ascents as North Crag Eliminate on Castle Rock in the Lake District.

"The Ordinary Route is very, very good indeed. Drasdo is a wordsmith who takes his craft seriously. Not for him the verbal pyrotechnic, the slipshod metaphor, the populist sentiment. Keep at it for fifty years and you too may learn to write like this.

Characteristically Drasdo is diffident, indeed almost dismissive about what must have been a precocious climbing ability. The then highly serious North Crag Eliminate, climbed with an underfed, streetwise fourteen-year old called Dennis Gray, is seemingly flawed by the necessary abseil removal of a loose block. A slip from the sloping finishing hold of Short Circuit at Ilkley costs him the first ascent of probably the most technical route in the country. A casual exploration on Dove Crag anticipates the sustained seriousness of Mordor.

The concomitant to mountaineering is companionship upon the hills. Such companionship may be actual or vicarious. The famous, the unknown and half-forgotten flit wraithlike through Drasdo's pages. Abraham, Westmorland, Kelly, Dolphin, Greenwood, Marshall, Austin, Brown, Harris, Anthoine, make a curve like an arrowflight, spanning a century or more."

(from a review by Mick Ward writing in 'Climber')

Paperback, 21.5cm x 14cm, 258 pages.

Published 1997.

ISBN: 0-948153-46-6.

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