The Fingertip Phenomenon
Television Documentary (52 mins). Produced by Michael Maloney. Directed by Sid Perou. 1984.
Ron Fawcett is a natural-born climber. In 1969, while still at school in his native Yorkshire, he tied himself to a climbing rope for the first time and was instantly hooked. Nothing else in his life mattered nearly as much as his next vertical fix.
By the end of the 1970’s, Fawcett was the most famous rock climber in Britain and amongst the best in the world, part of a new wave whose dedication to training transformed the sport, pushing standards further and faster than ever before – or since.
His legacy of new climbs ranks him alongside the very best in the history of the sport. He was also the first to style himself a professional rock climber, starring in the landmark television documentary “Rock Athlete”, and appearing on the covers of magazines around the world.
In 1983 Ron Fawcett, along with his wife and a group of friends, visited the Gorges du Verdon in Southern France to continue his passion for climbing. That trip and the subsequent climbs were filmed and the following year the film “ The Fingertip Phenomenon” was completed and transmitted on Channel Four. This film also included some wonderful photography from director Sid Perou.
Countrywide Productions have now been able to now produce a DVD of this in which Ron describes his love and passion for climbing. Rock climbing is his life. This film shows his incredible technique and his determination to be the best.
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