Big Ned (aka The Central Tower of Paine) is Dead!
- Sunday 9th August 2020 at 11.39am
Feb 2nd; 2016
A film, directed by Leo Dickinson and narrated by Ian McNaught Davies, featuring the first ascent of ‘Big Ned’, The Central Tower of Paine, has just been published on YouTube.
Don Whillans ‘slack-lining’ in Patagonia during the trip. Sceen grab from film
The 1960 expedition was a real tour du force including several then climbing luminaries including Chris Bonnington and Don Whillans. An incredible insight into expedition style climbing in that era, the film features Whillans getting involved with boataineering (bouldering on-board the transit ship) as well as slack-lining. Once on ‘Big Ned’ itself, we get hand-over-hand ‘jumaring’ up sisal ropes, some home-build – ie the original Whillan’s Box as well as some climbing as well.
Finally, Whillans and Bonnington topped out on the first ascent of The Central Tower of Paine beating a crack Italian team to the first ascent.
Watch the film below: