What is the largest El Cap team age spread?

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briham89

Big Wall climber
san jose, ca
Nov 14, 2012 - 12:33pm PT
One of my partners and I are 3 days apart ;)
JLP

Social climber
The internet
Nov 14, 2012 - 12:36pm PT
I've been wondering recently who is the oldest to free an El Cap route? Not the West Face. Jim Herson? Age? When is Hudon going to get after this?
Melissa

Gym climber
berkeley, ca
Nov 14, 2012 - 12:39pm PT
I think Steve freed it at 50ish, and one or more Huber has done so in their 40's, I think (guessing on age). Heinz was probably in his 40's when he did Freerider, and Platinum Rob would have been around 40 on the Pre-Muir.

Mark, maybe I'll get you for Secret Santa. It's still sitting out waiting for me to go to the post office and remember it at the same time.
Norte_Caroliña_Climber

Gym climber
BigWall Baller From the Holler
Nov 14, 2012 - 12:39pm PT
Well JLP,

Has Englekirk freed an EC route? He'd be a candidate for oldest to free it. Probably gotta be StevePoopi at this point, but wasn't that on the one with the A0 rappell point (El Nino maybe?) not all free if you're a hard liner on them things.
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 14, 2012 - 12:44pm PT
Well, Max and I are going to be celebrating the 40th anniversary of our first climb together, The Nose, in 2016. He'll be 58 and I'll be 60.

Route TBA.
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 14, 2012 - 12:45pm PT
I think Shipoopi does have the oldest free ascent.
Bad Climber

climber
Nov 14, 2012 - 12:48pm PT
Wow, Mark, that is soooo cool. You guys have always been my heroes. Get after it!

BAd
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 14, 2012 - 12:57pm PT
Well, it ain't 2016 yet, but there is always dreaming…
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
Nov 14, 2012 - 01:03pm PT
Shipoopi does have the oldest free ascent

How old was he?
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 14, 2012 - 01:07pm PT
I think he's 54 now and I know it wasn't in the last four years.
Gagner

climber
Boulder
Nov 14, 2012 - 01:07pm PT
Steve is 52
zBrown

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Nov 14, 2012 - 02:09pm PT
duplicate post, but what's memory to a disc drive

Bloch was pretty impressive.


I believe Gerry Bloch did at 68. Then again at 81. Sadly, he passed away in 2008.

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/El-Capitan-and-the-King-At-81-Gerry-Bloch-2923744.php

Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Nov 14, 2012 - 02:23pm PT
Mark, maybe you should train up Paul, and do a route with him. There must be 30+ years between you, maybe enough for a record.
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 14, 2012 - 02:31pm PT
Paul, my nephew? No, he's 32, much older than Cheyne.
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Nov 14, 2012 - 02:32pm PT
OK then, how about your daughter?
WBraun

climber
Nov 14, 2012 - 02:39pm PT
None of this age stuff or spreads make any sense at all pertaining to climbing competence.

Yet it's used all the time.

Seems totally weird to me.

It's what you know and can do in the present moment that counts ......

Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 14, 2012 - 02:41pm PT
Werner, yes, it's relevance to competence is non-existant, but it's more fun to talk about this than politics!
MH, she keeps saying she wants to climb the Nose with me. She's 15 now. It would be wild to do it with her.
Andrew Barnes

Ice climber
Albany, NY
Nov 14, 2012 - 02:50pm PT
What about Fred Beckey? Did he do any climbing on El Cap? He certainly climbed a lot in the Sierra Nevada.
JLP

Social climber
The internet
Nov 14, 2012 - 04:54pm PT
Clint's page suggests Shipoopi did Freerider in 2005. So, about 45 yrs old is the oldest free ascent?
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Nov 14, 2012 - 04:58pm PT
Probably not a record, but who was it that climbed El Cap with his son when he was in his sixties?

I wanna say Tom Higgins, but I may be wrong. I think I read about it in a magazine, but I may be wrong .
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