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Trad climber
Lake Oswego, Oregon
Topic Author's Original Post - Jan 7, 2010 - 11:18pm PT
I guess I am trying to make up for that rash of "inappropriate" threads the other day.

Here's some light reading about Sir Croft by Nick O'Connell from R&I 1993.

tom woods

Gym climber
Bishop, CA
Jan 7, 2010 - 11:53pm PT
Cool old article.

The stuff about sport climbing seems true, people are still trying lots of stuff.

Also I wonder what happened with Southern Belle, I bet there is a story there.

The Ibm stellarsphere
Jan 8, 2010 - 12:05am PT
"But 5.14 is just like 5.7..."
ron gomez

Trad climber
Jan 8, 2010 - 12:25am PT
Quite a guy! Too bad he doesn't post up here, but then again...that's not him. Hey Peter hope yer feeling better!

Trad climber
Jan 8, 2010 - 12:30am PT
I have always loved hearing what Croft has to say about soloing. IMO he seems to really be in touch with what his motivations are and ought to be (at least it really resonates with me)
I wish the sender films guys would do a piece following him around for a day of back country link-ups and just get some of his vibe and outlook documented for the young climbers of today.

Good role model that guy! (regardless the nature of one's climbing activities)
Captain...or Skully

Social climber
Top of the 5.2-5.12 Boulder
Jan 8, 2010 - 12:32am PT
I asked him about Mathes Ridge one time.
He RAVED about it. That Dude is Soul.

Mountain climber
hanging from a crimp and crying for my mama.
Jan 8, 2010 - 12:33am PT
Nice! I really enjoyed reading that.

Jan 8, 2010 - 12:37am PT
Hats off once again to the great Pedro Croftini!


Mountain climber
Bay Area
Jan 8, 2010 - 12:41am PT
His guidebook The Good the Great and the Awesome is very entertaining and unusually well-written.

Kind of funnny: a couple years ago a friend and me were fueling up at the gas station in Bishop about to go climb Humphreys. Who should drive his beater luxury sedan up to the pump but PC himself. We were literally looking at the topo in The Good the Great and The Awesome when he pulled up. My pal said something like "Hey Peter, we're going to climb one of your routes." Croft looked like he was trying hard not to be obviously uncomfortable and said something like "Great, have at it, guys."

Oh and the new Bishop Rock Climb book he wrote with the other guy is great too.

Social climber
British Columbia
Jan 8, 2010 - 01:03am PT
Great article about a great man ...

but Ron Gomez's comment left me wondering
Hey Peter hope yer feeling better!

Is Peter not well ?

Trad climber
San Fernando Valley
Jan 8, 2010 - 01:06am PT
One of his more memorable quotes from a slide show some years ago (paraphrased):
If you're soloing a ten pitch climb, and you've done eight piches and it starts raining and you have to downclimb those same eight pitches, it's OK. After all, you got 16 pitches of climbing in, which is more than you would have gotten if it didn't start raining.

Jan 8, 2010 - 01:38am PT
Bruce, apparently just the usual gombu that's going around.

Jan 9, 2010 - 05:45pm PT
I had the honor to climb with Peter a few years ago. He guided me up Astroboy and a few classics on the Cookie. I admire his ability to be friendly and humble in the context of being the best at what he does. Not many heros these days can maintain that kind of dignity.

J. Werlin

Social climber
Cedaredge, CO
Jan 9, 2010 - 06:54pm PT
bump for Croft.
ron gomez

Trad climber
Jan 9, 2010 - 08:10pm PT worries, he's fine, just recovering from a cold! Sorry 'bout that!

Social climber
Flatland, Ca
Jan 9, 2010 - 08:21pm PT
yeah, bump

Trad climber
British Columbia
Jan 9, 2010 - 08:30pm PT
All's well then !

My first multi pitch route ever was with him in the late 70's.

Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Jan 9, 2010 - 10:02pm PT
Look at those UNpanelled EBs!!

Peter is a real nice guy.

(and I got a kick out of seeing that old AMGA ad on the last page listing so many friends)

H2O..what is this H2O thing of which you speak?
Jan 11, 2010 - 05:58pm PT
Nice article, IHP. Peter's a hero in more ways than a person can count.

Thanks for posting this.

Social climber
Jan 12, 2010 - 07:52am PT
hey there, say... this is very good... thanks for the share, and a bump for peter croft....

*still learning who all you folks are...
god bless..
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