TO THE TOP OF BEN NEVIS

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Places:

  • Highlands, the
  • Invernesshire

Subjects:

  • Home life
  • Housing and living conditions
  • Sporting activities

Genres:

  • Educational

People/organisations:

  • ELDER, John C

Series:

  • Junior activity films

Decade:

  • 1940s

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Title: TO THE TOP OF BEN NEVIS

Reference number: 1651

Date: 1949c

Director: d. John Elder

Sponsor: GB Instructional Limited

Sound: silent

Original format: 16mm

Colour: col

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 10.25 mins

Description: A boy and his uncle climb Ben Nevis. At the summit they see two climbers coming off the cliff face through the mist, one of whom describes to the boy safety precautions necessary when climbing.

Preserved with the assistance of the Scottish Mountaineering Trust.

Credits: Junior Educational Adventures

Shotlist: Credits (.16); Panning shots of Ben Nevis under cloud (.31); One day my brother and I left our camp in Glen Nevis to walk to the top of the mountain. Shots of two boys walking through valley (1.15); The first part of the track was like the bed of a stream. Shots of the two boys climbing up towards the summit (2.00); We walked for miles through bracken. Shots of boys walking up the hill, long shots of countryside (2.54); It was hard walking but Tommy often helped me. Shots of boys climbing hill, meeting other climbers, taking a drink from a stream (4.01); A bridge over a gully had been swept away during the winter. Shots of the broken bridge and boys climbing (4.48); The track was now dry and stony. Boys walking (5.01); As we neared the top we walked into mist. Shots of boys climbing and Ben Nevis under cloud of mist (5.38); Boys stopping at Cairn (5.45); We peered down over the cliff face. Shots of another two boys climbing with ropes (6.53); One of the climbers said the rock route is safe if you are an experienced mountaineer. Shots of boys with ropes (7.07); He told us how members of his club trained. Shots of boys training and learning how to climb the rock face with ropes (9.54); Long shots of the mountains from the peak (10.00); When I am old enough I am going to learn the real way to climb. Shots of mountaineers showing boy the mountain (19.12); The End (10.25).