Anyone remember that cartoon in an old Summit magazine (maybe an Ascent?), circa 1970/71 that depicted RR as a super-hero replete with cape and his initials "RR" in the center of the costume's chest area? The cartoon shows RR hanging onto a blank, featureless over-hanging face with one hand while with the other hand he's reaching behind his back and into what should be his chalk bag. The caption of the cartoon said "My god, he's reaching for the grease!"
That was the aura that surrounded RR in those days. There was the sense that if RR couldn't climb it nobody could. But then came the Bachars and Osmans and Crofts and Herseys and Yabos and Gullichs et al, and suddenly they were reaching for the grease, if you get the metaphor. Ropes became passe' for that very rare breed of men, but it was RR who pioneered the belief that the impossible was possible if the mind had the power.
Now there's Honnold who free-solo'd RR's great route up Half Dome. I must wonder, who will attempt to free-solo the Nose? It's do-able, but who will chance it? Odds of a screamer are huge.
Tahquitz, Feb. 9th, 1971. The day of the FUCKING San Fernando earthquake, and I fell attempting a route the name which now eludes my leatherizing brain, and ripped a gash in my ASS and had to have stitches. Were you there that day, too?
Actually that is not the cartoon to which I alluded. That cartoon you show with RR wearing a cape and leaping from rock to rock is a totally different cartoon, and that is the one that RR told me he does not like, and for good reason. No, the cartoon to which I alluded showed RR "CLIMBING", not leaping, with a super-hero costume, and he was reaching behind himself, thrusting his hand into what would seem to be his chalk bag, and the caption said "My god, he's reaching for the grease!"
Totally different cartoon, and perhaps totally different cartoonist. It appeared in either a Summit magazine or Ascent magazine, circa early-1970s. I had all the Summits and Ascents from the late-1960s until the late-1970s, boxed up for years, but I finally tossed them all 5 years ago, so unfortunately I can't now go back to find that cartoon.
I even had all the Mountain and Climbing magazine issues from those years. Mountain was a Brit publication, and all its stories and photos were of European and Himalayan climbs. Very internationally informative on the topic of global mountaineering.