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GDavis

Social climber
SOL CAL
Topic Author's Original Post - Dec 25, 2012 - 10:47am PT
Merry Christmas!

My favorite soloing shots are ones that really capture the experience, and sometimes that is in the form of a climbing partner dashing to a pack to grab a camera or a loving wife enjoying an afternoon hike with her husband.




This is the picture from the thread that inspired me to really explore mount Woodson. This problem seemed so impossible to me and the idea of a guy out for an afternoon romp on pleasant classics would be soloing this, YIKES! Of course, I know now more about who Greg is, and even though this would not be a giant peak in his mountain range of bold wide cracks I thought it was outta this world.






I can't do this one justice, so here is 'the man' from http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.php?topic_id=566549&msg=570251#msg570251:

We've all heard this one but in the spirit of the JT reunion I'll recount it again....

One day after an early morning bouldering session, me and Yabo were beat. We decided to call it quits and take a rest day. We sparked a doobious cigarette and started yapping. Yabo told me he wanted to solo Spiderline (which at the time had only been top roped, never lead).

I told him he should wait until he got it "really wired". Then he told me he was meditating on the ledge below Spiderline the night before and all of a sudden there was a spider dangling in front of him. It had lowered from the crack above. He then said it was an omen letting him know he could solo Spiderline.

I tried to keep a poker face. I really thought he was getting too lost in this "omen" stuff but I couldn't tell him. I tried talking him into waiting again and he seemed OK with that. I split for camp and told my friend Buck Norden (sp?) about what just happened. He thought Yabo was losing it too.

Our conversation was interrupted by a whooping high pitched, "yay yay yay yay".
What the fuk was that? We looked up and there he was, a third the way up Spiderline.

I grabbed my camera and we ran up to the base to take a picture. Before we got going, Yabo's feet popped out of the crack and his body took a wicked swing outwards. Amazingly enough, he hung on!

I thought, "Cool, he can still downclimb from there". That's not what happened - he kept going.

John Yablonski on the first free solo (and lead) of Spiderline, 11c/d.

The he got near the last move - a funky roll over onto a dicey slab move. It was hot out and Yabo was sweating and shaking fiercely. So he takes his shirt off for the last move!




He was shaking like a leaf in a hundred mile per hour wind and he rolled into the slab move and climbed away. Norden was facing in the other direction - he couldn't watch.

Me and Norden went over to the Scatterbrain boulder and were talking about what we just saw. We both thought we should tell Yabo to cool it or he was going to get killed. Just then Yabo popped up on a boulder above us and said,"Who are you guys to tell me anything. I just soloed Spiderline!". Then he spirited away. He obviously overheard our conversation

When I ran into him later he had cooled off a bit. I did notice the largest hand jam gobie I have ever seen - on the back of Yabo's right hand. It was as round and almost as thick as a half dollar...the dude hung on hard.
-John Bachar


This next one isn't really a photo per say, and it definitely isn't amateur, but a moment caught on film all the same. Its from the bad ass flick Masters of Stone VI (available from http://mastersofstone.com/); and is on the video below:



There is a moment as dean cuts his feet to turn the lip move... almost anyone I know in that situation would be thinking PRECISION! CONTROL! MOVE PERFECTLY AND EXACTLY TO THE LIP AND EXECUTE THE MANTLE! But not Dean... he makes eye contact with you like a lion on top of its fresh kill, and stays there. You realize that Dean wants to be there, that he is thriving. He is in the moment, not 'doing a climb' but having an experience.

I'm not an adrenaline junkie, I can't mountain bike very well or snowboard or ski, even skateboarding scares me. The few dinky solo(ish) things I've done were never about that, and I look for that in inspiration, where I know that the climber is a samurai hopping among boulders in a roaring stream, not a gladiator in an arena.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Dec 25, 2012 - 11:11am PT
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
Dec 25, 2012 - 11:13am PT
awesomeness
awesomeness
Credit: Vitaliy M.

About to solo bingo world....















NOT!
T H

Boulder climber
bouldering
Dec 25, 2012 - 11:38am PT
ground_up

Trad climber
mt. hood /baja
Dec 25, 2012 - 11:44am PT
Great thread !

a side note.... before biotch re-sized the Nat.Geo pic , I noticed a
rope piled on the ledge below thank god ledge...? wonder what the story
is on that?
10b4me

Boulder climber
Somewhere on 395
Dec 25, 2012 - 12:25pm PT
a side note.... before biotch re-sized the Nat.Geo pic , I noticed a
rope piled on the ledge below thank god ledge...? wonder what the story
is on that?

for the camera crew maybe?

Ron,
that is a classic
RyanD

climber
Squamish
Dec 25, 2012 - 12:36pm PT
Cool photos, the Bachar photo of Croft on the Rostrum, Bachar on OZ & the one Ron posted above are my 3 favorites & they all blow my mind as much now as they did when I first saw them.
ryankelly

Trad climber
el portal
Dec 25, 2012 - 12:46pm PT
Anyone have the one of Bachar on the final pitch of New Dimensions?
thekidcormier

Gym climber
squamish, b.c.
Dec 25, 2012 - 03:02pm PT
The three stooges
The three stooges
Credit: thekidcormier

Edit,

Wait a sec, that ain't iconic... Go away noobs!
T H

Boulder climber
bouldering
Dec 25, 2012 - 03:38pm PT
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Dec 25, 2012 - 04:01pm PT
Name is Tong, Major Tong.  You see anyone human around here?
Name is Tong, Major Tong. You see anyone human around here?
Credit: mouse from merced
Karl Baba

Trad climber
Yosemite, Ca
Dec 25, 2012 - 05:24pm PT
Bachar soloing Left Ski Track while I'm in even more danger photograph...
Bachar soloing Left Ski Track while I'm in even more danger photographing it from jumars on a angled tight rope
Credit: Karl Baba

Credit: Karl Baba

Bachar on OKelly's Crack Josh
Bachar on OKelly's Crack Josh
Credit: Karl Baba

Bachar on Illusion Dweller
Bachar on Illusion Dweller
Credit: Karl Baba
Walleye

climber
The Hot Kiss on the end of a Wet Fist
Dec 25, 2012 - 07:56pm PT
Credit: Phil Bard
ryankelly

Trad climber
el portal
Dec 25, 2012 - 08:24pm PT
thanks Walleye. Thats the one.
MisterE

Social climber
Dec 25, 2012 - 08:41pm PT
Couldn't find the picture, but the one of Alex Huber soloing "Kommunist", 5.14a sticks in the mind.

So does Wolfgang Gullich's solo of "Separate Reality" before Ron Kauk did it.
rincon

Trad climber
SoCal
Dec 25, 2012 - 08:51pm PT
T H

Boulder climber
bouldering
Dec 25, 2012 - 09:18pm PT
ec

climber
ca
Dec 25, 2012 - 10:15pm PT
My choice would be the photo (by Phil Bard?) of Croft on the Rostrum.

 ec
Griffin

Trad climber
Monterey, CA
Dec 25, 2012 - 10:30pm PT
Photo by: Greg Epperson
Photo by: Greg Epperson
Credit: Griffin
Peter Croft on tips

Epi: If youve ever climbed Tips, you know that the pitch ends on a blank headwall. Croft just down-climbed the route.
Synchronicity

Trad climber
British Columbia, Canada
Dec 25, 2012 - 10:49pm PT
Credit: Synchronicity
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