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Mountain climber
Northern surly
Nov 16, 2012 - 04:57pm PT

He truly was a great man and climber.

Very sad, he was a big hero and shaper of my climbing.

Is this all true?

If so I hope he finds the beautiful line with good pockets, with lots of exposure, and after the send; the company of friends, I know he will find many waiting in the night land.
Mighty Hiker

Vancouver, B.C.
Nov 16, 2012 - 05:02pm PT
Very sad news. As it's now late at night in Europe, there may not be much more news before Saturday.

Social climber
Nov 16, 2012 - 06:20pm PT
Patrick's passing is truly sad news!
I remember him when he came to Colorado many years ago.
He stayed at my friend Steve Morris's house for a while.
I just mentioned the news to my friend Frank Sabb (who is also a climber from our generation) at the beach a while ago and we shared our own Patrick stories for a bit while we watched giant waves breaking here on the north shore.
He was a true super star in my eyes!
Aloha Patrick Edlinger

Social climber
Tujunga CA.
Nov 16, 2012 - 06:32pm PT
the valkaries ride again

Nov 16, 2012 - 09:16pm PT
Very sorry to hear of Patrick's sudden passing today. The fact that an ST thread started about him two days ago is cosmic to say the least. What a shining star he was.

I was fortunate to have watched him from above free solo the Beaver Wall (in Josh) one fine sunny day in 1985. He cruised it in fine style and reversed the crux and climbed through it again. Just like Wolfie, he was a very nice guy. Sincere condolences to his family and friends.

Vive Le Blonde!
gonzo chemist

Fort Collins, CO
Nov 16, 2012 - 09:20pm PT
wait...WTF? seriously? I had somehow heard of him when I started climbing (not all that long ago) and looked up some info on him. I watched some videos of him training on Bachar ladders and soloing in Verdon, and all I could think was, "holy sh#t...this guy was a game-changer."

sad day for the climbing world...


Trad climber
Where the Hoback and the mighty Snake River meet
Nov 16, 2012 - 10:12pm PT
I'm stunned. This thread shows up and now he's gone? Some mystic shee there.

RIP Patreek

Trad climber
Kalispell, Montana
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 16, 2012 - 11:04pm PT
I am speechless. I don't know how this can be. Tuesday, my birthday I was feeling sorry for my aging self and Patrick E. came into my mind as I knew we were about the same age. I wondered how he was climbing these days. Couldn't shake the thought till the next day it brought me to post. I never post man, this is really stinks bad. Broken hearts for all I'm sure.

Gregg Olson

Boulder climber
Moorpark, Ca
Nov 17, 2012 - 01:41am PT
I saw this thread late Thursday night and I stayed up tell 4am watching all the vids posted here several times each.They brought back very specific memories of when I first started climbing in the early 80's... The dreams of moving like Patrick did, of training like he did, of living a life free and expressive as he did. I was mesmerized by his flow and confidence on the stone... something I gained, and have since lost. For a few hours last night while watching these vids I was transported back to those times, the feelings of what climbing meant to me, of what it was to put your intire being into a succession of moves and unlock the microcosms of flow and kinesthetic awareness, to dance on the vertical. It became clear that seeing Patrick climb back when I found the sport literally formed my perception of what it was to be a rock climber. Yetserday In those early Friday morning hours all the failures, all the successes, trips, friends, lovers etc.. were erased and I was brought back to that moment as a 14 year old kid when I saw these same videos and knew in my soul that I had found something that would forever change my life. I came back tonight for another dose and got this sad news. R.I.P. Patrick.

Nov 17, 2012 - 02:11am PT

RIP Patrick.

Sport climber
Nov 17, 2012 - 06:58am PT
Adieu Patrick Edlinger!

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Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Nov 17, 2012 - 07:43am PT
Well this just sucks.

I was talking about him 2 days ago!
Spoke with Jeff last night, wonder if he knows.

Sport climber
Nov 17, 2012 - 09:51am PT
Double D

Nov 17, 2012 - 10:35am PT
Sad indeed. He was a game changer for sure. Eery that it happened just a few days after this thread. My sincere condolences to his family and friends. Hopefully he's in a much better place.

Trad climber
Kalispell, Montana
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 17, 2012 - 11:07am PT
hey guys, do me a favor and don't talk about me. Once it pops on the taco you end up dead like PE!

Rick D-I really wish you hadn't said that but now, yeah, I'm preparing an appreciation thread just for you.

I don't have anything more to add here so I hope those of you who knew Mr. Edlinger will turn this into a memorial thread.


Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Nov 17, 2012 - 12:20pm PT
Ego? Who cares? The lad could climb!

Credit: Ihateplastic


Nov 17, 2012 - 01:28pm PT
Perhaps a clue to what might have happened

Mais Patrick Edlinger avait aussi des démons. Selon l'écrivain Jean-Michel Asselin, qui travaille à une biographie du grimpeur, celui-ci souffrait d'alcoolisme. Patrick Edlinger s'était confié à l'auteur: "Tu sais, je suis seul à pouvoir trouver une solution, c'est le combat le plus dur que j'ai jamais mené, comme un solo impossible, mais je vais m'en sortir"

Social climber
Nov 17, 2012 - 02:13pm PT

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Nov 17, 2012 - 02:21pm PT
hearsay, but is was said:

The Frenchman, nicknamed "Le Blond" due to his thick blond hair held in place by a bandana, was found dead at his home in La Palud in the Verdon region, Provence. The cause of death is as yet unknown although his biographer wrote that he had an alcohol problem


Nov 17, 2012 - 02:29pm PT
So sad when two of the most brilliant climbers of that era pass away in their early 50s.
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