Tuesday, 10 June 2008

Rhapsody Repeated

Sonnie Trotter makes the second ascent of Rhapsody

Sonnie Trotter on the final moves of Rhapsody, Dumbarton Rock. Scotland. Photo copyright Hot Aches Productions

I woke this morning hung over and had to think hard. Did I dream all that about yesterday? But no. As you will see on Sonnie Trotters blog, Rhapsody put up a considerable fight, but it has, at last, been repeated.

A month of effort. A month of hoping for good conditions each day as we drove to the crag. 23 huge falls. Yesterday was warm, but after a long wait we finally had some wind. In fact it was a gale blowing against the headwall and up there it felt freezing.

Filming positions of the headwall at Dumbarton

On abseil my stabilising ropes were lashed so tight I thought they might snap. On 'ladder cam' at the top Diff had probably the scariest filming position in the world. Even on the ground Lynwen was battling with the wind.

There is a good story to be told about the ascent. Almost a fall from the finishing sloper. But Sonnie can tell the story better, and I'm sure he will.

In position waiting to film the ascent of Rhapsody.

Thanks to all the people who have helped us on this shoot. Garth, for the daily on the spot morning weather reports, Tony, Guy, Emma and Caroline for shooting additional camera for us, and to all the locals who have had to put up with us hogging the headwall for a month.

We are not quite finished yet at Dumbarton. Cory reached a new high point on Requiem yesterday. Every session he gets higher and one or two more sessions might be enough for success. So we'll be back this week.

18 comments:

alpinedreamer said...

If I'd known the ladder looked like that I'd have locked you in the cupboard every morning!!! ;-)

Suzanne said...

Scary looking camera position I have to say! eeek.

But the pics.. totally 'awesome' :)

Well done that man well done! (Sonnie)

.. and well done Cory too

Claire MacLeod said...

Good God. If I'd known the ladder looked like that, I'd have driven to Edinburgh every morning and locked you in the cupboard myself!

Nice one guys.

Hot Aches said...

hmm. I'm not sure that I would have published that next post if I had read your comments before-hand.

Sorry Emma. Hopefully Cory will send it next go and we can relax.

db

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