Bit late with this but RIP Patrick Edlinger - Les Blondes
The man who defied gravity and brought climbing to the mainstream. As ever I am drawn to the mavericks and Patrick was certainly one. Bit of an oddball and renowned for being argumentative and difficult, fairly standard for a frenchman…….. He maintained a proper bohemian lifestyle throughout his fame in the 80’s living in a camper van and surviving off water and sandwiches. He was the man who turned climbing into a sport with the way he transformed climbing into a terrifying yet terrifying and compelling version of yoga and gymnastics performed hundred of feet above ground without safety equipment.
There are loads and loads of videos of him on Youtube that are absolutely mindblowing, if you get 5 minutes have a look and revel in the wonderment of one of the true outdoor sporting pioneers.
A couple of weeks ago I posted a vid and promised to back in the swing of blogging, well it turns out I lied, sue me. As a sort of apology have some festive musical wonderment to spin in your ears, with a twist, sort of……….
I’ve been massively uninspired blogging wise lately but thought I’d try to get my eye back in with a few new posts over the coming week or so.
I’m Easing myself in with a tune from my favourite band in the whole wide world, a band that were beaten into me by my mothers love/obsession with Mr John William Weller. The Jam split 30 years ago this week and PW is still as cool as a Penguins bollocks.
Stand, the new fanzine for likeminded souls to air their gripes about the way our favourite past time has gone wrong.
I wrote something for it, so buy it. You wont regret it and if you do then your probably a bad ted anyway.