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wanted - rock athlete TV series
February 01, 2013, 01:13:40 pm
Bit of a long shot this, but worth a punt.

Back in the day i recorded the complete series of a climbing programme i recall was on the BBC.

I am pretty sure it was called rock athlete, and was by Sid Perou.

It had fawcett on the cromlech, livesey on downhill racer, etc.

I don't believe it was ever commercially available, and interweb references are scant.

Does any UKBers have a copy of this TV series lurking about somewhere, and can either part with it, make me a copy, or loan it to me for me to copy and return. All expenses covered, naturally.

Thanks

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#1 Re: wanted - rock athlete TV series
February 01, 2013, 02:15:27 pm
The most pure breed of the lot goes straight up the rock face with no means of attachment except chalk on the fingertips.

Believe me, if you didn't see this last bunch, you should have. They're evolving. Their fingers are long and sensitive, like those of Vladimir Horowitz or certain species of climbing frog. Crouching in space, with fluttering fingertips they search the smooth rock for irregularities, like a blind man reading Keats. Sensitive toes propel them upwards. 'Oof! Aangh!' they say quietly. 'Harf! Ungh! Hoof!' Clearly they have left the English language far behind. The commentary, alas, was still stuck with it. Every climber was described as the most unique in creation. 'More than anyone else he has extended the frontiers of the sport.' But this was a programme so brilliantly photographed that not even dull talk could make it boring.

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#2 Re: wanted - rock athlete TV series
February 01, 2013, 02:30:40 pm
I'd also love to see this, particularly Ron on Lord.  Good copies exist as it was shown at Kendall a few years ago.  One for Steep Edge?

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#3 Re: wanted - rock athlete TV series
February 01, 2013, 02:54:19 pm
Brian was trying to get all of this (and a lot of other material) from the BBC for SteepEdge but they were a nightmare to deal with, not being obstructive but they had no framework in place to get this stuff our of the archives and onto the web.  Don't know whether Cofe and Brian are planning to have another run....
Seems like a bit of a strange idea, like someone telling you the same joke at the end of every sentence.

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#4 wanted - rock athlete TV series
February 01, 2013, 03:29:28 pm
I'll stick it on my list as it would be great to get hold of.
Be excellent to each other.

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#5 Re: wanted - rock athlete TV series
February 01, 2013, 04:32:17 pm
It was f*cking brilliant. The Pete'n'Ron Show on Dream/Liberator in Cornwall too iirc, and Cubby & Murray Hamilton on summat 'ard in Glencoe. I tried googling around for it a while back, with no success.

I'd also love to see this, particularly Ron on Lord. 

I did a coaching session with Toni Lamprecht last year, and he said his Welsh hit list is "Lord of ze Flies und Ze Qvarryman" (excuse cliche German accent parody)
jawohl!

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#6 Re: wanted - rock athlete TV series
February 01, 2013, 04:52:53 pm
Brilliant

it's not just me. It wasn't all a dream.

How can we scare up a copy to share?


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#7 Re: wanted - rock athlete TV series
February 01, 2013, 05:00:34 pm
Me and the dodger still quote it when we're climbing.

Come on arms do your stuff

was it hard Ron? Aye. It took 2 fags.

Funny how things stick with you. or does that just show it was a quality climbing item? I would love to see it again.

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#8 Re: wanted - rock athlete TV series
February 03, 2013, 08:06:04 pm
I watched one of these series once. Obviously, I didn't download it myself but was told that one of them was floating about on popular torrent websites.

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#9 Re: wanted - rock athlete TV series
February 03, 2013, 10:24:09 pm
My mate told me he searched for torrents of the Ron on Lord episode without success.
jawohl!

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#10 Re: wanted - rock athlete TV series
February 04, 2013, 02:05:40 am
There are a couple of clips from the series on you tube.

There's 40 seconds of Ron on lord, and 2 minutes of Pete livesey on downhill racer. Possibly more clips if you put the right search in.

So there's gotta be a copy floating about somewhere.

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#11 Re: wanted - rock athlete TV series
February 04, 2013, 04:58:41 am
I have checked on the British film institute's website.

The series aired in 1980, and was 3 episodes:

new extremes
first ascent
in search of new summits.

The BFI don't have a copy in their library either.

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#12 Re: wanted - rock athlete TV series
February 04, 2013, 09:26:23 am
Morning!

I've got copies of Ron Fawcett - Rock Athlete and The Fingertip Phenomenon; they're VHS rips so the quality's not great, but perfectly watchable.

Haven't got access to big enough online storage, but if anyone's in the Matlock area I'll stick 'em on disc for them.

Cheers all!

Dave

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#13 Re: wanted - rock athlete TV series
February 04, 2013, 09:35:06 am
Morning!

I've got copies of Ron Fawcett - Rock Athlete and The Fingertip Phenomenon; they're VHS rips so the quality's not great, but perfectly watchable.

Haven't got access to big enough online storage, but if anyone's in the Matlock area I'll stick 'em on disc for them.

Cheers all!

Dave

If they are ripped and < 2Gb each then stick them up on WeTransfer and link to them here.  You never know, someone might grab them and then make a torrent out of them.  :whistle:
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#14 Re: wanted - rock athlete TV series
February 04, 2013, 09:40:38 am
Awesome! How big are they? There's lots of scope for hosting + sharing big files /vids freely on internet, sure the hivemind of ukb can think of something!

slackline, I thought wetransfer isn't any good at distributing files to lots of people and there already is a torrent, just a seedless one. I'd say bung it on youtube/vimeo, suspect the bbc thought police won't be too fussed

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#15 Re: wanted - rock athlete TV series
February 04, 2013, 09:46:00 am
OK, so I've got:

Rock Athlete - 758Mb
Fingertip Phenomenon - 1.01Gb
Pushing The Limits - 852Mb

I'm at work and can't install anything on my computer, what's the best way to get these out?

Slackers, I'm happy to stick them on WeTransfer (Rock Athlete is uploading as I type), but if anyone's got a better idea, shout now!

Dave

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#16 Re: wanted - rock athlete TV series
February 04, 2013, 09:47:02 am
Why not use we transfer to start with, then they can be moved somewhere better thereafter?

(excellent effort btw!)

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#17 Re: wanted - rock athlete TV series
February 04, 2013, 09:48:12 am
No problem!

Here's rock athlete, let me know if it works:

http://we.tl/Hy0WPyeB0j


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#18 Re: wanted - rock athlete TV series
February 04, 2013, 09:56:51 am
And here's Fingertip Phenomenon!

http://we.tl/Pev9TKhlqg


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#19 Re: wanted - rock athlete TV series
February 04, 2013, 09:59:45 am
there already is a torrent, just a seedless one.

Rather than fuck around trying to match check-sums (which is likely impossible anyway as the files will be fundamentally different) starting a fresh torrent would probably be useful.
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#20 Re: wanted - rock athlete TV series
February 04, 2013, 10:08:45 am
And lastly this is Pushing The Limits

http://we.tl/aCjKXODjR5

I'm sure I had some other old climbing stuff, I'll have a dig about and post it if I do.

Cheers all and enjoy the Ronpr0n!

Dave

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#21 Re: wanted - rock athlete TV series
February 04, 2013, 10:58:25 am
Would it be possible for anyone to put these on a DVD, or even VHS.

 I don't have a computer, and only operate on a rather limited android phone

Or at least make them easily available on web, eg you tube.

I contacted person who put rock athlete clips on you tube this morning. They don't have access to them anymore.

Cheers


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#22 Re: wanted - rock athlete TV series
February 04, 2013, 11:08:35 am
Ill get these on a torrent. Ill start with Rock Athlete. Really keen to see this again.

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#23 Re: wanted - rock athlete TV series
February 04, 2013, 11:15:14 am
Would it be possible for anyone to put these on a DVD, or even VHS.

 I don't have a computer, and only operate on a rather limited android phone

Or at least make them easily available on web, eg you tube.

I contacted person who put rock athlete clips on you tube this morning. They don't have access to them anymore.

Cheers

Give us a day or so and I'll make you a dvd of these.

PM me your address and I'll post it out for you.

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#24 Re: wanted - rock athlete TV series
February 04, 2013, 11:41:57 am
I've uploaded Rock Athlete to KAT. Ill seed for a week or two.
https://kat.ph/rock-athlete-avi-t7055215.html