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The Old Man of Hoy

on BBC One London

Live coverage of an attempt by four climbers on the most famous chunk of rock in Britain. It's 17 years since Hoy was televised but the risks haven't diminished. Murray Hamilton and Pete Whillance will tackle the overhanging south-east edge, but without the protection of the bolts and pitons used on the first ascent. The rock itself, Torridon sandstone, has a tendency to crumble like a digestive biscuit. 'Falling off could mean our limited protection is ripped away like press-studs', says Whillance.
Also on the south face is the legendary Joe Brown , climbing with his daughter Zoe, six months old at the time of the first broadcast. Her climbing till now has been on small crags. At the thought of climbing 450 feet, with maximum exposure, she is, she says, 'absolutely terrified'.
Commentator Eric Robson
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Murray Hamilton
Pete Whillance
Joe Brown
Eric Robson
Michael Begg

BBC One London

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