Sculp­tures high­light moun­tain fes­ti­val

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

ANY­ONE driv­ing on Fort Wil­liam’s by­pass re­cently will have no­ticed a large ice axe sculp­ture on the old town pier.

The 15-foot axe is the first of four gi­ant sculp­tures planned to pro­mote Fort Wil­liam Moun­tain Fes­ti­val 2017 which launched last night ( Wed­nes­day Fe­bru­ary 15).

The dis­play aims to in­form lo­cals and vis­i­tors about the im­por­tance of Ben Ne­vis in the evo­lu­tion of climb­ing. Each will have an in­for­ma­tion board along­side it high­light­ing the links be­tween the axes, the town and moun­tain climb­ing his­tory.

Andy Nis­bet, Si­mon Richard­son, Hamish McInnes and Ian Sykes are pro­vid­ing in­sights on the most sig­nif­i­cant pe­ri­ods of the climb­ing his­tory of Ben Ne­vis and agreed these four axes rep­re­sent the most in­flu­en­tial mo­ments.

The axes fea­tured will be the long T-shape wooden shafted axe Harold Rae­burn used to climb the Ben’s Green Gul­ley for the first time in 1907; ice climb­ing master Jimmy Mar­shall’s short wooden shafted axe from his first step cut­ting as­cent of the Ben in 1960; Hamish MacInnes’ pi­o­neer­ing Ter­ror­dactyl metal shafted ice axe with in­clined pick; and a mod­ern leash­less ice axe used by Dave McLeod when he com­pleted the first win­ter climb of ‘Anu­bis’.

The artist be­hind the Tin Man sculp­ture that for­merly sat on the pier is cre­at­ing the large axes and there has been sup­port from Lochaber Cham­ber of Com­merce and Fort Wil­liam Town Team.

The moun­tain fes­ti­val will fea­ture themed evenings, start­ing with climb­ing night tonight, run­ning and bike night on Fri­day, back coun­try ski-ing night on Satur­day along with a book fes­ti­val and a talk by Sir Chris Bon­ning­ton, also on Satur­day.

Pho­to­graph: Iain Write, The Write Im­age

Moun­tain Fes­ti­val chair­man Mike Pescod be­side one of the gi­ant Ice Axe.

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