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A long way from where I started
Topic Author's Original Post - Apr 11, 2012 - 06:04pm PT
Mooser's "Stout Trad Lead" thread got me thinking about an early free-solo...


Trad climber
Apr 11, 2012 - 06:30pm PT
Now that's a stout free solo!

Trad climber
Ridgway, CO
Apr 11, 2012 - 06:32pm PT
Sheer brilliance . . . no chalk and no sticky rubber!

A cinematic masterpiece if you will.

Sport climber
Apr 11, 2012 - 06:42pm PT
Nice mantel.

Trad climber
the pitch above you
Apr 11, 2012 - 09:26pm PT
minus points for the knee scum, but at least he didn't sh#t himself when he got his foot stuck!

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Apr 11, 2012 - 11:10pm PT
I didn't know Ghost was that olde!

A long way from where I started
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 11, 2012 - 11:13pm PT
I didn't know Ghost was that olde!

Even older. Older than the dirt under god's fingernails.

And twice as gnarly.

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Apr 12, 2012 - 12:10am PT
He used his KNEES on that mantel.

EDIT: And, He used a rope or and was AIDED with it!

Social climber
Apr 12, 2012 - 12:15am PT
Ghost was past puberty when glaciers lay upon the land :-)


Trad climber
Nedsterdam CO
Apr 12, 2012 - 07:43am PT
So, it would seem the actor has some climbing time under his belt. I believe it's Buster Keaton. Anybody out there know of him climbing?

And, the film is Badazz!
rick d

ol pueblo, az
Apr 12, 2012 - 09:09am PT

also he lost some of one hand in an accident and wore a fake glove hand.

Apr 12, 2012 - 09:58am PT
A master of the dentil frieze and the cornice,
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Apr 12, 2012 - 11:04am PT
He was my pick for the earliest "climbing film" on another thread.

Amazing stunts...

Big Wall climber
Nor Nev
Apr 12, 2012 - 03:50pm PT
Was watching that video this morning when my almost 3 year old wants to see whats going on gets on my lap. She had to see it 3 times and is now asking for it again.

The scary thing is she is hanging off a bar stool at the counter right now and pretending she is hanging from the building she says. Uh oh!

Great clip nice mantles and a love story to boot.

Thanks for posting that.

Trad climber
Can't get here from there
Apr 12, 2012 - 05:54pm PT

Love the sticky patent leather shoes, lol.

Big Wall climber
Nor Nev
Apr 14, 2012 - 12:30pm PT
Ok my little one can't stop watching this she has. 1000 questions regarding where the mouse went.
smith curry

Apr 17, 2012 - 12:19pm PT
Quote:"An accident with a bomb mistaken as a prop resulted in the loss of the thumb and index finger of his right hand."
Who leaves real bombs laying around?
John Black

Social climber
Boulder, CO
Apr 17, 2012 - 12:49pm PT
This is Alain Robert's favorite movie I'll bet.

Trad climber
Albuquerque, NM
Apr 17, 2012 - 08:46pm PT
It's Harold Lloyd, Safety Last (obviously) ... what you see is what he did: no rope, no pro, & actually that far up.

Trad climber
Apr 17, 2012 - 10:31pm PT
I particularly love his outfit. Dang! I could see him doing that in lycra or dolphin shorts...but Buster Browns!? Seriously!?!?

Boulder, CO
May 1, 2012 - 09:07pm PT
Check out this guy in the obscure 1977 compilation movie, "Gizmo!"
John Ciampa, the "Brooklyn Tarzan", looks circa 1940's perhaps?
Old basketball shoes, just like Royal started out with.
In strictly climbing mode, I don't know what's the best, the speed chimneying, running up a tree, or the wall leap - but then he goes thru the Matrix, a quantum leap off a moving train?!
Seriously, think about the fast-twitch needed to do buildering moves, about 5 times faster than Hans on the Nose.
Spider Savage

Mountain climber
The shaggy fringe of Los Angeles
May 1, 2012 - 10:47pm PT
I was fortunate to see the Harold Lloyd film in full with a live piano player doing the background the way silent films were meant to be viewed. It was a great experience. Definitely worth the watch. I read it was filmed in the old theater district in downtown LA.

May 2, 2012 - 05:13am PT
Hah, hah, we used to do that trick of rolling around in a tractor tire when I was a kid. I vaguely remember some crashes into trees.
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