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Thread #128690 Message #2892106
Posted By: Rob Naylor
22-Apr-10 - 11:50 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Ballad of Joe Brown (Tom Patey)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ballad of Joe Brown (Tom Patey)
Thanks VERY much, Jim! I need to learn it for a trip in August, so I think I'll have enough time.
Sad that Tom's no longer with us, but Joe's still around...and certainly not sunk in mediocrity!
I met him in Llanberis Pass about 5-6 years ago while I was gearing up to climb "Crackstone Rib". He just ambled up the slope (already geared up), had a chat, and started off up the adjacent "Shadow Wall", which is a solid Very Severe. He just flowed up it like a ballet dancer, and he must have been 74 or 75 at the time. Amazing.
I'd forgotten that the song mentions Martin Boysen...I was at a party with him a couple of weeks ago to celebrate the ownership of Harrison's Rocks finally and formally transferring to the British Mountaineering Council.