Jim Reynolds - Patagonia free-solos


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Topic Author's Original Post - Mar 29, 2019 - 09:13am PT
In the last few weeks, Jim Reynolds free-soloed Aguja Rafael Juarez, Aguja Saint Exupery and Cerro Fitz Ro, up and down, without ever touching a rope or gear.


Trad climber
Save your a_s, reach for the brass...
Mar 29, 2019 - 09:27am PT
Wow! Amazing effort.

Mountain climber
Redmond, Oregon
Mar 29, 2019 - 09:47am PT
The new race is on...

some eastside hovel
Mar 29, 2019 - 10:06am PT

Big Wall climber
Mar 29, 2019 - 10:30am PT
F-ing proud effort!

Reynolds is a beast!

Trad climber
Mar 29, 2019 - 10:42am PT
No helmet
No harness
No belay device
No guidebook
No rappelling

...No Problem!

Balcarce, Argentina
Mar 29, 2019 - 11:42am PT
That's what I was thinking when I saw Rolo's post: the hard part of these ropeless ascents must be getting back down!

Monument Manor
Mar 29, 2019 - 11:42am PT
Had a rope and considered using it to descend at one point...which means that he probably had a harness and rap device...unless he was considering a dulfersitz. Free Solo means ropeless - the full measure of commitment!

Trad climber
Mar 29, 2019 - 11:43am PT

Mar 29, 2019 - 11:53am PT
Had a rope and considered using it to descend at one point...which means that he probably had a harness and rap device.

Sure ....

It's called good intelligence and NOT a suicide mission ......

Topic Author's Reply - Mar 29, 2019 - 12:29pm PT
On Fitz Roy he had a rope with him, a 6mm tag line, but he forgot his harness and rappel device at home, so had he decided to use it for rappelling, it would have been a la Dülfer or batmaning down.

The Afanassieff took him 6:38hs up, and 8:30hs down, clearly the down-climb was more challenging than the way up, specially because part way down the slabs - one of the cruxes, it got dark.
norm larson

wilson, wyoming
Mar 29, 2019 - 12:54pm PT
Wow! How times have changed.
If I forgot my harness and belay device I wouldn’t have needed to downclimb because I wouldn’t have even been able to start.

I remember meeting Jean Afanassief down there in Patagonia long ago. Cigarette dangling, jug of wine, Lamb Asado roasting at the fire saying "This is the fuking life, no?" Wonder what he would think of this?

Proud work Jim.
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Mar 29, 2019 - 01:16pm PT
Hey Rolo, nice to see you on the taco again. (We met in Vegas)

I remember watching the film Cumbre in Telluride and wondering if anyone in the audience could even appreciate the brilliance of Marco Pedrini's one day solo of Cerro Torre.

Then I saw Jeff Lowe sitting 20' away and I went over. He was blown away too.

These climbs are of a whole order of brilliance above that. (Pedrini rapped off)
Don Paul

Social climber
Washington DC
Mar 29, 2019 - 03:32pm PT
Great accomplishment but a little unnerving thinking about putting tick marks on tiny holds up there, so you can see them with your headlamp while downclimbing.
Gregory Crouch

Social climber
Walnut Creek, California
Mar 29, 2019 - 03:43pm PT
Fabulous accomplishment!
Stewart Johnson

Mountain climber
lake forest
Mar 29, 2019 - 04:07pm PT
way to be!

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Mar 29, 2019 - 05:27pm PT

Trad climber
Mar 29, 2019 - 05:49pm PT
It doesn't get any better than this

Sport climber
The Big Wide Open Face
Mar 29, 2019 - 08:24pm PT
That's climbing right there. Carry the torch, Jim!

Trad climber
The Circuit, Tonasket WA
Mar 30, 2019 - 08:47am PT
This ascent is a long ways from hammering in pitons to make one's way up a cliff.
Incredible climb!
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