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bergbryce

Mountain climber
Oakland -> SLT
May 6, 2011 - 06:12pm PT
Okay, sitting next to a former SEAL right now (in VA Beach)... Says the huge guys usually didn't last the initial training. Some who made it through decided to bulk up after getting in. Hand to hand combat was more of an emphasis for some teams than others but not really a big emphasis.
Just told me about the 12 nautical mile swim using this "side crawl" stroke, said that was about the toughest thing he had to do.

Edited to add...
Just told me there is a lead climbing school that not all SEALs attend. The goal is for each platoon to have at least one person who could lead a climb. Some of the guys who attend do have some climbing experience, others have none and want to get a "qual". The instructors are experienced climbers. One of his buddies had a very humbling experience on an lengthy unprotected traverse.
dipper

climber
May 6, 2011 - 06:39pm PT
Some other seals to appreciate as well...


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Elephant seal pup - Mirounga angustirostris
Elephant seal pup - Mirounga angustirostris
Credit: dipper


Elephant seal date - Mirounga angustirostris
Elephant seal date - Mirounga angustirostris
Credit: dipper


BES1'st

climber
USA
May 6, 2011 - 06:54pm PT
"
One of his buddies had a very humbling experience on an lengthy unprotected traverse.
"

I'm curious what climb is this traverse?
WBraun

climber
May 6, 2011 - 06:55pm PT
In the survival of the fittest the Navy Seal came in last place.

The climbers kicked their asses every time .....
marv

Mountain climber
Bay Area
May 6, 2011 - 06:59pm PT
SEALs versus Predator versus Alien -- I would pay to see that
Weld_it

Trad climber
Chatsworth
May 6, 2011 - 07:02pm PT
In the survival of the fittest the Navy Seal came in last place.

The climbers kicked their asses every time .....

FACT: WORD
blahblah

Gym climber
Boulder
May 6, 2011 - 07:05pm PT
In the survival of the fittest the Navy Seal came in last place.

The climbers kicked their asses every time ....

If you mean in that crazy proto-reality TV show from the early 80s, I'll take your word for it, I'm sure you'd know.
But if you mean in the real survival of the fittest, the SEALs would kick climbers' asses bad (except for Weld-It)!

Edit--are you sure it was even a real SEAL in the competition--my theory is that virtually everyone who goes around saying they are a SEAL is lying, so we don't even know who the real SEALs are. They're like Jedi/Lord of the Rings guys.
WBraun

climber
May 6, 2011 - 07:39pm PT
blahblah blahblahblahblahblahblah blahblah blahblah blahblah blahblah

That's all you know .....
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
May 6, 2011 - 07:58pm PT
There are so many claiming to be ex SEALs that at one time there was an organization that ran a web site called identiSEAL. It is no longer functioning, but an other site has picked up the slack.

http://www.pownetwork.org/phonies/phonies.htm

WBraun

climber
May 6, 2011 - 08:03pm PT
When I say Seal I mean Seal!!!!

Not some bullsh'it wanna be, has been, once been, never been.

Active military bonafide SEAL.

WTF are you guys?

Some bedroom dreaming mental speculators?

nick d

Trad climber
nm
May 6, 2011 - 08:07pm PT
If I remember correctly Ron Kauk was the champ at everything, including being afraid of swimming!
ScottW

Trad climber
CA
May 6, 2011 - 08:10pm PT
They didn't do so well in the Eco Challenge adventure races either.
marv

Mountain climber
Bay Area
May 6, 2011 - 08:12pm PT
thought experiment: two buddies, one a climber and the other a SEAL, walk into a bar in the town of your choice. There's one hot girl/woman.

who's going to get laid that night? everyone knows.

that's the acid test.
The Larry

climber
Moab, UT
May 6, 2011 - 08:14pm PT
The bartender?
Hawkeye

climber
State of Mine
May 6, 2011 - 08:25pm PT
no larry,

the woman
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
May 6, 2011 - 09:09pm PT
berg, I hear ya.A lot of people underestimate the 'man' behind the SEAL. I expect them to be cool, nonchalant, and under-the-radar. That is their job.

And this is why they kick ass!!! They never get thanked. They just get 'er done.

Only a very small percentage of us are worthy. Very small. I admire that.

There are brave men that protect us in the night, as we sleep.
lostinshanghai

Social climber
someplace
May 6, 2011 - 10:38pm PT
Another photo.

Photo Wikipedia
Photo Wikipedia
Credit: lostinshanghai

Colonel Charles Beckwith

“The MAN” that founded our current Delta Force. He played around with the SAS [British Special Air Service]. Failure on the Iran Hostage Rescue [Operation Eagle Claw]which was one of the first of his missions and didn’t really get over it, retired from Army after that and worked as a security consultant. *dust from sand storms hindered choppers from flying so he was not blame. A congressional hearing on the botched raid created JSOC which he was a part of. Died at home of natural causes at 65.

Remember in Feb/Mar ‘68 he was creating/looking for new stealth team. “Anybody interested” looking at me. I asked what is your survival rate. He said 1 in 5. I was at the time looking at 1 in 10. Said to him “No, thanks I am happy where I am”. Still ended up getting shot two months later in hunting accident over there.

And for Werner on the Survival of the Fittest, he is right that seal was a PPPP PA PA...... PUSSIE.

Werner and Ron ruled at the time.
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
May 7, 2011 - 05:43am PT
Read Roberts ridge a month or so ago. Highlites the absurdity when different branches of the service all fight over who gets to fight. Let me play in the sandbox too! It seems clear that Roberts fell out of the chinnook because he was a Seal. According to the chopper pilots, Seals are the only troops that refused to clip safty lines when on the back deck of the choppers. All other soldiers, special forces, rangers etc all clip in. Not the seals they are too cool. They also break out all the windows of the chopper every time they board ship to the point that at the time of that incident there were no replacement windows available in Afganistan. BTW we all payed for those windows.

Marchinkos books left a real sour taste in my mouth. lots of kidnapping tourture and murder. Very little combat. Awarded himself the silver star for action that sounded like a a routine day at work for a line platoon.
blahblah

Gym climber
Boulder
May 7, 2011 - 08:04am PT
Bluey:

A lot of people underestimate the 'man' behind the SEAL. I expect them to be cool, nonchalant, and under-the-radar. That is their job.

And this is why they kick ass!!! They never get thanked. They just get 'er done.

What are you talking about?--Obama thanked the SEAL assassination squad in person.
If it were up to me they would be "thanked" by having to answer for their conduct in court in the various countries where they do whatever they do, and I'm sure lots of other people feel the same way.

Edit--I respect that this is an appreciation thread and I won't interfere with that, but Philo see next post is his usual full of crap self. The Nuremberg defense doesn't cut it.
philo

Trad climber
Somewhere halfway over the rainbow
May 7, 2011 - 08:12am PT
NO Blahblah many others don't agree with you. Many others think Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and the Gang should be tried in international court. Not the SpecOps guys who are just following orders.
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