This is an incredible example of endurance and technical ability!
I feel like we were all just Wilbur and Orville Wright that afternoon back in the seventies when we wandered up to the terraces without our aid slings. Some of us may have had higher aspirations but for myself we were just goofing off in the playground. To witness this evolution is cool let’s call like it really is, 22 hours of multiple organisms!
People still ask me about our little Phantom pinnacle route. (Mostly want to know where the hell it is!) good memory! Still see Bridwell quite often.
This is all so amazing isn’t it. I understand you can even top rope the Captain, by yourself if you feel so inclined. You got to admit that’s pretty cool. If you’re in to that sort of thing. I think would be...
Thanks for the note, I enjoy those “Freeblasts” from the past!
I'm stunned. Can't fathom what he just accomplished. I called my climbing partner and he insisted it had to be a hoax. Been trying to find the words and examples to explain to my wife just how amazing an accomplishment this is and I'm failing miserably.
Good to hear from you. The whole El Cap free is pretty unreal to me, much less the Nose and Salathe in a day. (Obviously, Chris and Beth are light for having to swing seconding:-)
When Lynn Hill climbed the Nose, she came to Cleveland--the center of the climbing world, as you well know--with the touring slide show. I took my daughters who were about 10 and 12 years old. As she was describing the preparations, I was taken aback by the whole idea of rapping down to work on the hard pitches, wiring the route. I didn't have a problem with it. I was just surprised at the effort, and surprised that she was treating the Captain the way Ray used to treated short crack climbs.
I knew it was a different world.
It is sort of strange to see so much change in such a short time. I sort of accept changes in technology as a given, but this is just improved skill.
My time in the dirt with you guys was the most amazing time of my life! Through some cosmic twist of fate my life collided with you guys and I was forever changed. . . for the better. I kind of liken it to dumb girl gets to run with the big dogs! (Speaking of Dog's country)
Yeah. . . it's beautiful up here. . . and Blanchard's guitars are a never ending source of enlightenment. If you ever head this way, we'd love to show you around!