Ron & Werner Do Astroman-Galen Photographs! Rock & Ice 1987

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Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Original Post - Dec 25, 2010 - 02:19pm PT
A celebration of the best corner climb ever! Galen Rowell's excellent photoessay of Ron and Werner having some fun from Rock and Ice May/June 1987.
















Once you have done Astroman, it becomes like a mantra measured out in handjams...Enduro Corner, Harding Slot, Changing Corners, Rusty Sword and repeat....Ron and Werner like mantras!

Happy Holidays All!
Chief

climber
The NW edge of The Hudson Bay
Dec 25, 2010 - 02:31pm PT
Thanks Steve,

Astroman is as close to the heart and soul of our climbing culture as it gets.

Best wishes to all for the holiday season and new year.
BES1'st

climber
City of Orange, CA.
Dec 25, 2010 - 03:16pm PT
Now I know where I remember Werner from.
Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Dec 25, 2010 - 03:28pm PT
Magnificent Stevie!! Thanks!
drewsky

climber
Seattle
Dec 25, 2010 - 03:37pm PT
The route is cemented in my memory as one of my most favorite days of rock climbing. I can remember the features quite vividly and those pictures certainly do them justice. Thank you for posting the article!

-A
BES1'st

climber
City of Orange, CA.
Dec 25, 2010 - 03:41pm PT
I forget if it was Bachar or Largo who noted the first free ascent
of Astroman was by Kauk who red pointed every pitch.
Walleye

climber
The Hot Kiss on the end of a Wet Fist
Dec 25, 2010 - 03:44pm PT
Too bad this essay didn't include the photo of Rondo with his toothpick and Werner with the LeMans and guitar
North

climber
Dec 25, 2010 - 08:17pm PT
Oh yeah, actual climbing photos on a climbing site. Thank you.

Kalimon

Trad climber
Ridgway, CO
Dec 25, 2010 - 08:59pm PT
Thanks Steve! Happy holidays!
martygarrison

Trad climber
Washington DC
Dec 25, 2010 - 09:06pm PT
My favorite climb
Sir loin of leisure...

Trad climber
I'm from Idaho..bitch
Dec 25, 2010 - 09:16pm PT
I got to do astroman with werner...I flashed cat squirrel,and he was like ,oh mon that ain't no rockclimim..so he took me to crimson cringe and astroman,,I only hung on the endurance pitch..every pitch he would hold out the rack and say you wanna lead this pitch? I'd eyeball the 4 pieces and 8 biners...and pass....3 hours or something like that.. so pumped...
BrassNuts

Trad climber
Save your a_s, reach for the brass...
Dec 25, 2010 - 09:23pm PT
Thanks for posting this article - it has always been one of my favorite photo essays! Great pics, even greater climb!
Rhodo-Router

Gym climber
wussing off the topout on Roadside Attraction
Dec 26, 2010 - 05:58am PT
Thanks Steve! Warm sunny handjam bump.
couchmaster

climber
pdx
Dec 26, 2010 - 08:14am PT
every pitch he would hold out the rack and say you wanna lead this pitch? I'd eyeball the 4 pieces and 8 biners...and pass....3 hours or something like that.. so pumped...

LOL! classic. What was (is) Werners lap count (how many times he has done this route)?

Thanks Steve!
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Dec 26, 2010 - 08:27am PT
pretty cool. I wish I could do it.

Maybe I'll try it someday...
Buju

Big Wall climber
the range of light
Dec 26, 2010 - 11:40am PT
Neato! Really cool photographs!
Aleister Crowley

Trad climber
Dec 26, 2010 - 11:43am PT
Fifty more laps on Sunnyside Jam and you'll be ready to send it Bleuy...
Minerals

Social climber
The Deli
Dec 26, 2010 - 11:43am PT
That Braun Kauk guy is way rad!
weschrist

Gym climber
left sac
Dec 26, 2010 - 11:44am PT
wow, that Brauny Man is more of a stud than I thought.

Credit: weschrist
Larry

Trad climber
Bisbee
Dec 28, 2010 - 08:24am PT
What's the Rusty Sword?
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