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Trad climber
Sierra Vista
Nov 28, 2012 - 10:53am PT

UKC have just posted this collection of memories.

Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Nov 28, 2012 - 12:17pm PT
Thanks for that, Lisa.

Well written, "a blend of sport, spiritualism, philosophy and bravado".

Hope things post-Sandy are getting back to normal.
The Lisa

Trad climber
Da Bronx, NY
Nov 28, 2012 - 03:09pm PT
Thanks, Toke. The obit even explained sport vs trad climbing concisely!

I heard the term 'gained the Sandy Seven' for the first time today - people sat in the dark and ate all the time?

Sport climber
Nov 28, 2012 - 03:54pm PT
Very sad a photo of Patrick while climbing in Hueco with Stevie, I think it was in 1993....
Credit: LaurenceGH

The NW edge of The Hudson Bay
Nov 28, 2012 - 10:08pm PT
Ditto for what Largo said.

Trad climber
Nov 30, 2012 - 12:03pm PT
I met Patrick at Hueco in the late 80's. I was climbing with Todd Skinner that day, and Todd was showing Patrick around the park. I think it was Patrick's first visit to Hueco. Patrick was a lot of fun, and was amazing to watch. He had truly stunning flexibility and strength. He had a large group with him and they were doing some filming. Just before sunset SOme of us were TRing some lines on the back (tall) side of the Mushroom Boulder when Patrick came walking up with his crew. We offered him the rope and he started up. I had never seen anyone move like he did. No hestitation, just smooth moves and intricate cross-throughs without a pause in between. Near the top he stops and calls down to Todd "Where does ze line go?" Todd, being funny, yells up that there is a good foothold near his head. Patrick says, "Oh yes, I zee it," and calmly brings his right knee behind his arm and steps onto a hold about even with his shoulder. He stands up on it and everyone just gapes at what we had just seen. Then he says, "Good hold, but zis is easier" then he crabs himself around until he is sideways on the wall. Everyone is laughing as Patrick tops out. He lowers and says, "Good route. Zanks for a good day." He had made it look so easy. It was a different climb for all the rest of us.

all in jim

Nov 30, 2012 - 12:35pm PT
The NY times article was poorly researched, suggesting that Patrick was primarily a sport climber.

He was among the greatest free-soloists of all time and an accomplished trad climber to boot.

Simply put, he was a climber.

Trad climber
las vegas, NV
Dec 4, 2012 - 11:52am PT
There are only a few indelible moments of awe and inspiration that I can recall in my life. At the top of the list was Patrick Edlinger's winning performance at the 1988 International Climbing Competition at Snowbird. I remember watching as climber after climber--the best in the world-- tried and failed on the route. The feeling was that it was just too hard, no one could do it, it was a mistake by the course setters. Then, Patrick Edlinger stepped up to the wall and made it look easy. All those who witnessed it were overcome with a myriad of emotions. As another poster said, it was palpable. It was special.

RIP Patrick, Thanks for the inspiration.

Sport climber
Barcelona (Spain)
Dec 5, 2012 - 02:02pm PT
saddely Patrick Edlinger died a week ago, at the age of 52.

Social climber
Los Angeles currently St. Antonin, France
Dec 5, 2012 - 02:17pm PT
Word over here in France seems to be he fell down the stairs in his house, which were reported to be sketchy enough there were mattresses at the bottom for crash pads. Supposedly he hit his head in a gap between the mattresses.
Keep in mind this is the unofficial account going around. No idea if he had been drinking,

Really, Patrick changed my life as much as anyone has. I mean it was seeing him climb that just created a vision of alternate realites, so much so that climbing became the main force in my life for over a decade, and years later I'm living in souther France and climbing more than ever,
Patrick Sawyer

Originally California now Ireland
Dec 5, 2012 - 04:24pm PT
RIP Patrick

One of the problems with depression is that it screws with sleep patterns and
the shadows lengthen further. Often, just to get a good night sleep, people will drink copiously, which only compounds both the sleep disorder and the depression.

John, you are so correct on this issue, I know because I have first-hand experience with my fiancée.

I really never met him, just a couple of hellos (Bonjour, ça va ?) in C4.

As for the French language links, they don't bother me, I worked in France.

What an exceptional climber and inspiration.

Trad climber
new paltz, ny
Dec 5, 2012 - 07:18pm PT
i was at snowbird and one of the best ever weekend of my life. i was able to meet up with yabo and have a smoke and he seemed in good spirits and another great moment was being able to sit front row to watch what was one of the greatest free climbers with a cold one or 3 walk the wall of that building. rip were a f*#king great rock climber

Trad climber
Tucson, AZ
Dec 5, 2012 - 10:32pm PT
Patrick (paTREAK) was a hero to me to, even though we are the same age. I was fortunate to hang with him during his first visit to hueco prior to his Snowbird victory. His entourage include his stunning dark haired girlfriend (a mere 5.12 climber:) and Maurice, his (honest) cinematographer. I hung with the troop helping lug the 16mm film equipment around while Patrick ticked all the hard stuff at the time. My climbing story... At the end of a long climbing day Patrick wanted to top rope Hueco Cranks with me, at the time something I could barely claw up without falling. I let Patrick go first, no beta... and no falls! After topping out he asked to be lowered about halfway and he proceeded to climb a thin variant up to the left and flashed that too!!! What awed me most was how easily he breathed, all quiet and smooth. My turn I huffed and puffed up the thing and topped out before my head exploded. Looking down at Patrick belaying me he calmly said, "You breaz too hard!", WHILE SMOKING A WINSTON!!!!! And on top of all he was SUPER COOL!!!
rodrigo MUJICA

Mountain climber
Dec 6, 2012 - 10:22am PT
My undersatnding is that he died a few weeks ago , something really dumb like falling down some stairs or so...met him several times in the early 80s while living in france...amazing guy, inspirational! never seen someone climb so graceful in my life! the guru of free climbing for sure!
he will be missed!
rodrigo MUJICA

Mountain climber
Dec 6, 2012 - 10:23am PT

Sport climber
Dec 7, 2012 - 02:59pm PT
Hommage a Patrick Edlinger on Editions Guerin

Sport climber
Jan 4, 2013 - 01:35pm PT
Cool memories - from The United States.
Credit: Vertical 20 - 1989
Credit: Vertical 20
Credit: Vertical 20
Credit: Vertical 20
Credit: Vertical 20

Sport climber
Jun 26, 2013 - 01:08pm PT
Edlinger in America - Rock Games
Boulder Canyon - Castel Rock - Tourist Extravaganza
Boulder Canyon - Castel Rock - Tourist Extravaganza
Joshua Tree - Gun smoke - Cosmic cragsman in the red hat
Joshua Tree - Gun smoke - Cosmic cragsman in the red hat

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Jun 26, 2013 - 02:20pm PT
That was my Japanese Banzai hat.

Mar 23, 2014 - 11:44am PT
That was a nice hat cosmic, what ever happened to it??

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