thanks for bumping a powerful vid and, a page back, written gold by rgold:
"There is another moment, very early on, that I found moving, although I may be adding my own interpretations to a entirely random gesture. Just as he begins, the climber pauses for a moment and touches his forehead to the rock.
Was this just an instant of imbalance corrected with a head touch?
Or was it, as I prefer to think, a gesture of acknowledgment, of thanks to the crags that have obviously been a shaping influence in a long life, and perhaps also a plea for safe passage, yet another time, after all these years on the rock?
The climber confronts a very old adversary that is simultaneously a very old friend, and with the slightest tip of the head, a lifetime of experiences, like an electric charge, passes between them. Thus begins another in a series of ascents stretching back for years, a performance, with all its awkwardness and frailty, that speaks of the eternal bond this man will carry with him to an end that is, relative to the span of his life, now not far off."
hey dingus,good for you and yours,you wont have to twist my arm to git climbing,the dacks.you know i dont even know you,but it would hardly matter.i know we could have a lot of fun at a crag......those shoes are something,remind me of my old boreal fires,somehow i can still smell em.....i am still blown away from that video,looks like i have a good 25 years left for all this,inspiring indeed,thanks.congrats on 40 years.a true milestone,stay chuffed,wilbeer
A couple of Septembers ago I took my son to Vedauwoo to climb for a few days. He was 11 and just discovering the fun of trad climbing. Anyway we were at the bottom roping up when this lanky old timer comes up and asks if there is anything he could do for us. I said "no, we're all set, but what do you mean?" He goes on to explain he that wrote the guide book and he saw it laying on the ground and thought we might like it autographed by the author. I said sure and my son being an impressionistic 11yrs old was all excited. It turns out he was 81 then and still climbing regularly. We figured 5.5/5.7ish. He then roped up and cruised a solid Vedauwoo 5.9 right next to where we were. My son looked on with an eye popping exuberance that set the tone. He later announced he wanted to be doing that at that age. Pretty cool experience.
Thanks for the bump, I've seen this video before but enjoyed seeing it again, I can second what rgold has said the mind remembers but the body says wait a minute not so fast. I'm 66 still crankin but I can really appreciate watching him climb, so impressed he wouldn't use the knees, you can have great style at any age.
A true gem, this thread. Thanks for bumping it to the top. Love that writing by rgold. He really captured it, the feeling in the climbing. The video capture the flavor of climbing with natural protection. WILD! Love that stuff.