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Climbers retrace Marshall and Smith's historic ascents


Dave MacLeod and Andy Turner retraced Marshall and Smith's ascents made in 1960

Two climbers have recreated the most famous series of ascents in Scottish winter climbing on Ben Nevis.

Dave MacLeod and Andy Turner retraced Jimmy Marshall and Robin Smith's first ascents of six routes in winter conditions made in a week 50 years ago.

The pair have been filming the feat for the Fort William Mountain Festival.

During their six days of climbing, Mr MacLeod and Mr Turner gave updates on the blogging site Twitter and had video footage upload onto websites.

Mr MacLeod said it was great to formally mark the achievements of Mr Marshall and Mr Smith 50 years on.

He said: "When I started in climbing, and I guess it was the same for a lot of people of my generation, I read the articles and essays by both Smith and Marshall and was completely inspired by them and by their climbs and by Ben Nevis."

'Flying past'

He added: "When you have read about that and dreamt about it and you come here and do it for real it is really, really amazing.

"They were really far ahead of everyone else at that time."

Blogging on his website during the attempt, Mr MacLeod said that, while in a gully, a rucksack and gear came "flying past" from above.

He said, fortunately, the items were not followed by their owner.

A climber later arrived to collect the lost items.

Mr MacLeod and Mr Turner were in Minus Three Gully at the time. It was day three of the climbers' attempt.

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