Dave 'Cubby' Cuthbertson in Glen Etive, Scotland [photos: Hot Aches Images]
In the new movie Committed you won’t just be seeing the top climbers of the current generation. There are also to be a few special appearances from past masters too; climbers who’s cutting edge routes are now receiving repeats and are still considered to be major test-pieces.
It was a real pleasure to catch up with Cubby in such a beautiful setting and to learn more about the climbing scene over the last thirty years. Dave ‘Cubby’ Cuthbertson was certainly one of Britain’s greatest and most influential climbers from the late ‘70s up until just a few years ago. Indeed if it were not for the heavy toll of cumulative injuries and accidents then at the age of 50 he would still be very much at the forefront.
Cubby spotted the bouldering potential in Glen Etive a couple or so years ago whilst high up on the Etive Slabs. Since a recent hip operation he has been coming back out here working away on problems and gradually getting back some form.
The hip is clearly painful and problematic, restricting the range of movement. Nevertheless he managed to pull off a fine looking problem, as yet un-named but at about font 7b.
Superb. What a bonus to capture that on film. Sadly I fear that there will be very few further appearances in front of camera from one of climbing's greatest characters and exponents.
Cubby is now one of the UK's leading climbing and landscape photographers as well as having a busy schedule with outdoor related film and TV work.