A Dip into the Club Journals – 1963 – Ralph Jones, And No Birds Fly

This month’s journal article is from sixty years ago, Ralph Jones’ account of the joint AC and SMC expedition to the Pamirs in Soviet Russia (at the time).  Noted for the tragic accident and deaths of Wilford Noyce and the young Edinburgh climber Robin Smith.  What could he have achieved?  Interesting views on the mass alpine style approach of the Russians compared to the siege tactics of the UK group.

It was a difficult choice this month, and a word for the other contending article, Len Stubbs’ account of a Three Peaks attempt in an unreliable car, before motorways, in poor weather and apparently fuelled by cigarettes, tea and toast!

Read the Pamirs article here and others in the 1963 Journal in the archive section of the website here.

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