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rich sims

Trad climber
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Topic Author's Original Post - Dec 20, 2010 - 11:23pm PT

It was about 1980 and Dennis Kemp RIP climbed Half Dome when he was 57.
I had been climbing with him and new he was going to do RNWF. I knew he could, still I was 23 and impressed.
He helped me realize climbing did not stop at 30.
57 its not that old now that I am closing in on it.
So who is the oldest to do a wall?
Who is the oldest to be doing walls (more than two a year?)
Who is the oldest to do NIAD?
Just curious.
Russ Walling

Gym climber
Poofter's Froth, Wyoming
Dec 20, 2010 - 11:28pm PT
Charles Cole at 68 for a solo

Jerry the "old dad" Bloch was like 81 or so but jugged (?)
TomCochrane

Trad climber
Santa Cruz Mountains and Monterey Bay
Dec 20, 2010 - 11:29pm PT
Tom Frost?

Fred Becky?
Shack

Big Wall climber
Reno NV
Dec 20, 2010 - 11:30pm PT
Charles Cole at 68 for a solo

That is impressive.
mucci

Trad climber
The pitch of Bagalaar above you
Dec 20, 2010 - 11:35pm PT
What about the oldest to do a big wall FA?

Cole on the solo = Badass
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Dec 20, 2010 - 11:43pm PT
hold it, I don't know when he last soled El Cap, but Charles can't be 68 today (can he?)
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Dec 20, 2010 - 11:56pm PT
Wasn't the Fish 86 when he did his last climb? The wingsuit jump after was pretty impressive, too.
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Dec 20, 2010 - 11:58pm PT
I don't think Fred ever did El Cap - too busy doing FAs?

Tom Frost did the Salathe' in 2001, age ~63, but Gerry Bloch was older.

The age group records (young and old) are kinda strange, though, if the person is just jumaring.
TomCochrane

Trad climber
Santa Cruz Mountains and Monterey Bay
Dec 21, 2010 - 12:05am PT
I wasn't thinking Fred Becky did El Cap. But didn't he do Sentinel in his 80's?
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Dec 21, 2010 - 12:11am PT
He was 68, years, maybe decades, ago....
em kn0t

Trad climber
isle of wyde
Dec 21, 2010 - 12:33am PT
Wasn't the Fish 86 when he did his last climb?

I heard he was 69...
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Dec 21, 2010 - 12:37am PT
Easy there Em, as we both know, he's just a wee lad.
Watusi

Social climber
Newport, OR
Dec 21, 2010 - 03:09am PT
God...It might be me if I don't get up there quick... :)
can't say

Social climber
Pasadena CA
Dec 21, 2010 - 09:27am PT
As far as the oldest team, I'm thinking maybe E and Mo when they did Squeeze Play this year.
Mo = 57
E = 55
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Dec 21, 2010 - 11:37am PT
Galen Rowell was in his 60's when he did the Nose in a day wasn't he?
Norton

Social climber
the Wastelands
Dec 21, 2010 - 12:07pm PT
Warren Harding is the only man to have been not only first up the Nose

but also the oldest (at that time) when he did the Nose in 1989 at age 65.
nature

climber
Tuscon Again! India! India! Hawaii! LA?!?!
Dec 21, 2010 - 12:11pm PT
you got a plan in the works, gramps? Errr... I mean Rich ;-)
Seamstress

Trad climber
Yacolt, WA
Dec 21, 2010 - 12:26pm PT
Damn, do I have two biological clocks? I now hear one ticking, and I definitely don't want another child! But I haven't really climbed Half Dome yet.
Silver

Big Wall climber
Nor Nev
Dec 21, 2010 - 12:33pm PT
Amazing that Becky never climbed El Cap. Are we sure about that? I find it really hard to believe the guy never set foot on the summit after setting foot on so many new summits. Perhaps it truely is all about the FA for Becky.

Cole what a life on the capitan he has had. 68 and solo man I will be happy to solo to the bathroom when I am 68. Good for him.
10b4me

Ice climber
Happy Boulders
Dec 21, 2010 - 12:41pm PT
Charles Cole, 68?
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