VALE - Giles Barker
Giles Barker was killed
Drawn to caving because of an elbow injuries that prevented him from climbing he was soon a total convert. He was a member of the SWCC but, when he moved north Bullpot Farm became his second home and he reveled in the weekends spent there as many of us can testify. Despite his relatively short time caving he had explored extensively in
Always a keen photographer, Giles quickly progressed into photographing caves. His dedication, attention to detail and bloody-minded determination led to excellent results: he won BCRA awards at the end of last year as well as the last two RRCPC competitions. It is a small consolation that he has left so much of his work. It is a greater consolation that he has left so many strong and positive memories. From his untiring digging trips to Diamond Hall to his uncanny knack of bringing out a mountain of cakes and crisps for a quick snack between pitches, it was hard to do anything with Giles halfheartedly. Giles loved everything about caving, especially the people he shared it with. He was as happy enthusing and inspiring beginners as pushing his own caving.
In his teaching too, Giles showed a rare ability to help and inspire others. The Postgraduate Certificate in Education course in outdoor
pursuits which he did at
Giles had definite ideas about everything and a very direct way of sharing them. There was nothing quite so challenging as a blast of Barker down the phone to get you off your backside.
He will be sadly missed by many people.
Rick and Clare Scott.
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