80’s Birth of Extreme by Alun Hughes


The film 80’s Birth of Extreme by Alun Hughes, features some key moments in British sport climbing from the ’80s. Featuring Jerry Moffatt, Ben Moon and Johnny Dawes.

Gogarth (25 minutes) follows Johnny Dawes and Paul Pritchard on such classics as Hardback Thesaurus – the first British E7 onsight (or is that ground-up?) first ascent. Some first ascents, and some tasty falls from some of Gogarth’s best known routes.

Strone Ulladale again joins Johnny Dawes, and Paul Pritchard, but this time they are joined by Bob Drury, and Crispin Waddy, for 30 minutes of new routing in the Hebrides.

Buoux 8c. 25 minutes. History was made! Agincourt – The world’s first 8c – Ben Moon waving the flag for British climbing! Also includes Johnny Dawes, and the original strong-man Jerry Moffat on fine form.

The first 8a in the UK, was on Welsh soil. Statement of Youth, was a groundbreaking climb when Ben Moon first topped out at Lower Pen Trwyn. 5 minutes of the man himself, doing his thing.

Another first, Liquid Ambar was the first 8c in the UK. 5 more LPT devoted minutes, with Jerry Moffat showing what he’s made of.

To close, we have an absolute classic. Hubble, was first climbed by Ben Moon, and it was the world’s first 8c+. A short, sharp route at Raven Tor, with extremely hard climbing. Ben Moon on absolute top form. 5 minutes.

WATCH: 80s Birth of Extreme: part one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdm9u…

This film is part of The Alun Hughes Collection. BMC TV is hosting the films of the The Alun Hughes Collection here on our YouTube channel. All films remain copyright Alun Hughes.

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