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Fisher's Favourites - Ron Kenyon

Written by George Fisher

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Our Fisher's Favourite for today is local living legend Ron Kenyon.

Ron began climbing in 1965 and has gone on to make over 500 first ascents across the UK and assisted with numerous guide books, his first being in 1975 with Steve Wilson and more recently the Borrowdale Guide in 2015.

Ron has been actively involved in many local organisations, including Penrith Chamber of Trade, Penrith Agricultural Show, Penrith Lions, Friends of the Cinema, Eden Housing Association and North County Leisure Eden.

Ron is also a keen fell runner and skier. He's an active member within Eden Valley Mountaineering Club, Penrith Mountain Rescue Team, Eden Climbing Wall, Fell and Rock Climbing Club, Eden Sports Council, Eden Runners (junior coach) and Mountain Heritage Trust. He's also Treasurer for Juniper Trust, which raises money for projects abroad.

Ron was incredibly helpful in submitting photos and text for our anniversary celebrations, and we had to choose just one photo from him in the end.

"My favourite view is looking either up or down Borrowdale –
Looking down there are various locations – Glaramara, Grange Fell, Castle Crag or Grange Crags – with the majesty of the Skiddaw group as a backdrop.
Looking up from various locations – Skiddaw Low Man, Dodd, Latrigg, Friars Crag or probably the best and where the least energy needs to be expended for height gained – from Castle Head, just outside Keswick, on the Borrowdale road. It is no coincidence that this was chosen by Ken Russell, when directing the film “Tommy” about the Pinball Wizard with Roger Daltrey playing Tommy together with The Who. There is a scene with Tommy, played by Roger Daltrey but double up by local Keswick climber Ray McHaffie, running up Haystacks with Buttermere behind but when he gets to the top he is on top of Castle Head with Derwantwater and Borrowdale in the background – if you did not know it was Castle Head you would not know the difference."

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