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Chief

climber
The NW edge of The Hudson Bay
Jun 20, 2011 - 11:41am PT
Still looking forward to photos of Alex on the Phoenix.
Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Jun 22, 2011 - 09:59am PT
So this link brings you to Alex's comments on his ascent, tells us it was filmed by Peter Mortimer and perhaps most interestingly of all, Ray Jardine's reaction to Alex's climb.

http://www.planetmountain.com/english/News/shownews1.lasso?l=2&keyid=38260#
hb81

climber
Jun 22, 2011 - 10:39am PT
So this link brings you to Alex's comments on his ascent, tells us it was filmed by Peter Mortimer and perhaps most interestingly of all, Ray Jardine's reaction to Alex's climb.

I once lost my grip while free soloing 1,100 feet above the ground, and started to fall but managed to grab a tiny (5.11) hold another foot down. I learned a big lesson from that - that I wasn't in "total" control. And that was my last free solo.

Whew!
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Jun 22, 2011 - 12:37pm PT
It is rather interesting that we discuss Honnold's soloing so much more that any other major solo climber's soloing.
T H

Boulder climber
bouldering
Jun 26, 2011 - 04:13am PT
He had to be sizing up Southern Belle for a solo run too.
dfinnecy

Social climber
'stralia
Jun 26, 2011 - 08:35am PT
Mr Haan, I will add my vote to see that book as well.

In a perfect world Mr Braun will contribute some poems to be interspersed between chapters and salient pages. Maybe he can write a few pages himself. I'll buy 20 copies to give to anyone I climb with.

Coz wrote:
I never filmed my solos because I never wanted to share a very personal experience. More over set a bad example, but that's just me.

I'd say that all risk taking for your own glory and satisfaction is selfish, it certainly take maturity to understand the difference in a higher purpose and purpose of the self.

I never filmed my solos because no one who knew what it meant ever would have cared even a bit. And I only solo really easy stuff, so no one will care period. Still though, solos are the crowning experiences of my time climbing.

I always felt my own glory (glory generally not to be shared in specifics outside my skull) and satisfaction was the only higher purpose. What other higher purpose is there in soloing?
healyje

Trad climber
Portland, Oregon
Jun 26, 2011 - 08:49am PT
Still though, solos are the crowning experiences of my time climbing.

I haven't done a ton of solos, but I can't say I consider them "crowning experiences" in my climbing career. Significant? Yes. Extremely personal? Definitely. Satisfying? Deeply.

But, hardly the best or brightest when I look back on the climbing I've done. In part, that's because they've always been on lines where I knew I could control all of the risks involved. More of what I consider my peak experiences were all doing roped FAs while operating way outside my comfort zone.

That said, I certainly understand and respect different climbing priorities and perspectives around this kind of experience and how people internally 'value' them over the long haul.
russellg

Sport climber
Malibu, CA
Jun 30, 2011 - 01:02pm PT
That's just silly (but quite rad).
nutjob

Gym climber
Berkeley, CA
Jun 30, 2011 - 02:22pm PT
I just can't conceive that much skill and ability. For me it's like trying to imagine how big a "google" is in terms of particles of sand. I can start on the path to calculating or comparing with my experience in a rational way, and then it just breaks down.

It must be hard to have sooo much skill and ability at something (even though climbing isn't important in the scheme of things), to be so far out on the extreme tail of human ability. What do you do with that? Is there some responsibility toward one's self or to others to take advantage of that skill and ability? Is there some kind of inner crime to not exploit such a gift? Or is it a curse, an affliction? Is there an inner cry to just be mediocre? Or are all of these just my mediocre climber musings, grasping at straws to understand what cannot be understood by me?
Elcapinyoazz

Social climber
Joshua Tree
Jun 30, 2011 - 02:57pm PT
It is rather interesting that we discuss Honnold's soloing so much more that any other major solo climber's soloing.

Two thoughts.

1. California-centric website, california routes being soloed, californian kid doing the soloing.

2. Who exactly are "other major solo climbers" who are doing it on a regular basis? Dean and ???
TripleS_in_EBs

climber
Poulsbo, WA
Jul 1, 2011 - 06:22pm PT
Chief,
This ain't Phoenix. And it ain't free solo. But it is a photo of a certain person of interest in a very conspicuous location about two weeks after an infamous first free solo ascent was reported.

Sorry. That's as close as i can get to your photo request. Don't know what's taking Mortimer so long. Maybe there's a long line at the Fotomat store.

AH on TGL
AH on TGL
Credit: TripleS_in_EBs
eagle

Trad climber
new paltz, ny
Jul 1, 2011 - 09:59pm PT
wheres the photos wheres the video? this i have to see
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