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John Ewbank - RIP 19-Dec-2013 At 9:27:10 AM jrc
If a collection of the best lines at Piddington, the Wolgan, Bungles and Dogface /Echo Point were not sufficient memorials, the Imperial Hotel should stand as it was the only pub to get a special mention in the 1967 Guide. I could never work out whether "the climbers are usually be found in the lounge of this establishment" meant JME thought they were too reluctant to join in cliff development with him or merely prefererd relaxing to climbing. Sadly John is no longer around to ask, though I suspect it was the former.

Its a pity the publican has chosen to turn the "Ewbank Room" into a games room, maybe we need a Ewbank memorial guide iphone app in retaliation - just for the gamers. I was sorry not to be able to join Macizza on 14th but i'll be resident at Mt Vic on 26th for a while so iI will raise a glass to John. 28th Mac ? with Russell of course.

I first met John in 1973 when he was teaching 2 teenagers to climb at Mt Piddington. A day or so later he led them up Gently Mine at Mt Boyce. He was happy enough to let Eric Hinder & I tag along behind his entourage on the second pitch which we were too scared to lead. Try it without clipping the bolts (which weren't there in 1973); you'll get my drift. Giles was one of the two trainees btw.

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