old guys rule, very on topic


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Social climber
State of decay
Topic Author's Original Post - Nov 14, 2012 - 01:46pm PT

Very strong work! Congrats

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Nov 14, 2012 - 01:49pm PT
Fukkin' AAAA, incredible.

Awesome when the stars line up like this!!

the last bivy
Nov 14, 2012 - 02:45pm PT
excellent ! finally some climbing news in the US. I heard the season was stupendous in many a regard.

+1 for experience and verve!

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Nov 14, 2012 - 03:11pm PT
Tough old Scots! Those "old-guys" are god-alful tough!

Trad climber
Fumbling towards stone
Nov 14, 2012 - 03:21pm PT
Wow! Something to be said for long experience! Nice and TPFU!


Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Nov 14, 2012 - 03:32pm PT
It appears we might have a new definition of 'epic'.
And being "fueled by a single digestive biscuit" I might make it out of the rack.
And how do you survive, let alone avoid thrombosis, for three days at that
altitude without water?

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Nov 14, 2012 - 05:13pm PT


I'd have thought it would have been the Poles!

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Nov 14, 2012 - 05:28pm PT
in keeping with the pictures telling stories theme

and, they are not old, neither is over 60

another pretty cool one here



Trad climber
Nov 14, 2012 - 05:33pm PT
There's certainly something to be said for innate stubbornness...I mean DRIVE!

TFPU - going to check out the blogs.

Great stuff!!!
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Nov 14, 2012 - 05:35pm PT

No water for 3 days during the summit push; pretty extreme.
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
Nov 14, 2012 - 05:44pm PT
"fueled by a single digestive biscuit"

several nights in the open, couple of days without food/water on descent...yea these guys WANTED this climb! Well done, congrats!

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Nov 14, 2012 - 05:47pm PT
And old gals.....just sayin.


the last bivy
Nov 15, 2012 - 12:40am PT
bumping up for the evening crowd.
great story on their blogs and lots of photos and some video


Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Nov 15, 2012 - 12:48am PT
Oh boy, that is some great stuff happening there. Thanks LP for the blog links. Excellent stuff...perseverance, baby, perseverance.


Nov 15, 2012 - 12:51am PT
Nobody f*#cks with the Jesus!

Hoh man!
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Nov 15, 2012 - 12:57am PT
a lesson for us all,
keep moving!
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Nov 15, 2012 - 03:15am PT
But so ill-rgarded.

Welcome back.
Don Paul

Big Wall climber
Colombia, South America
Nov 15, 2012 - 09:10pm PT
Amazing epic to say the least. I wasn't going to read this at first, heard enough about old guys ruling already.

The name Cathy O'Dowd was too familiar. Why? Because I have this video burned on my ipod, called the Dark Side of Everest. It's a great movie on youtube by the way. O'Dowd is portrayed as a gumby, part of a group that wouldn't help with rescue efforts because they too would have needed a rescue, or even lend them their radio. Then she's walking by these dying people left and right, on her way uphill. Maybe an unfair portrayal but she will have a hard time living it down.
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