Grand Prize, Kendal Mountain Film Festival 1980
Best Climbing Film, Banff Mountain Film Festival 1981
A cult classic based on Smith's famous tale The Bat & The Wicked and interwoven with extracts from Dougal Hastons's autobiography In High Places, the narration gives a rare insight into the competitive world of extreme rock climbing.
With its swooping falls, precarious climbing and stunning positions on Ben Nevis, The Bat is an evocative tribute to two of Scotland's greatest climbers. The climb was a riposte to Brown and Whillans’ Sassenach and proved that Scottish climbing had equal stars.
The film was shot in a memorable week in 1978, when Rab Carrington played the part of Robin Smith, Brian Hall played Dougal Haston and Paul Nunn was safety officer.