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GDavis

Social climber
SOL CAL
Topic Author's Original Post - Dec 25, 2012 - 10:47am PT
Merry Christmas!

My favorite soloing shots are ones that really capture the experience, and sometimes that is in the form of a climbing partner dashing to a pack to grab a camera or a loving wife enjoying an afternoon hike with her husband.




This is the picture from the thread that inspired me to really explore mount Woodson. This problem seemed so impossible to me and the idea of a guy out for an afternoon romp on pleasant classics would be soloing this, YIKES! Of course, I know now more about who Greg is, and even though this would not be a giant peak in his mountain range of bold wide cracks I thought it was outta this world.






I can't do this one justice, so here is 'the man' from http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.php?topic_id=566549&msg=570251#msg570251:

We've all heard this one but in the spirit of the JT reunion I'll recount it again....

One day after an early morning bouldering session, me and Yabo were beat. We decided to call it quits and take a rest day. We sparked a doobious cigarette and started yapping. Yabo told me he wanted to solo Spiderline (which at the time had only been top roped, never lead).

I told him he should wait until he got it "really wired". Then he told me he was meditating on the ledge below Spiderline the night before and all of a sudden there was a spider dangling in front of him. It had lowered from the crack above. He then said it was an omen letting him know he could solo Spiderline.

I tried to keep a poker face. I really thought he was getting too lost in this "omen" stuff but I couldn't tell him. I tried talking him into waiting again and he seemed OK with that. I split for camp and told my friend Buck Norden (sp?) about what just happened. He thought Yabo was losing it too.

Our conversation was interrupted by a whooping high pitched, "yay yay yay yay".
What the fuk was that? We looked up and there he was, a third the way up Spiderline.

I grabbed my camera and we ran up to the base to take a picture. Before we got going, Yabo's feet popped out of the crack and his body took a wicked swing outwards. Amazingly enough, he hung on!

I thought, "Cool, he can still downclimb from there". That's not what happened - he kept going.

John Yablonski on the first free solo (and lead) of Spiderline, 11c/d.

The he got near the last move - a funky roll over onto a dicey slab move. It was hot out and Yabo was sweating and shaking fiercely. So he takes his shirt off for the last move!




He was shaking like a leaf in a hundred mile per hour wind and he rolled into the slab move and climbed away. Norden was facing in the other direction - he couldn't watch.

Me and Norden went over to the Scatterbrain boulder and were talking about what we just saw. We both thought we should tell Yabo to cool it or he was going to get killed. Just then Yabo popped up on a boulder above us and said,"Who are you guys to tell me anything. I just soloed Spiderline!". Then he spirited away. He obviously overheard our conversation

When I ran into him later he had cooled off a bit. I did notice the largest hand jam gobie I have ever seen - on the back of Yabo's right hand. It was as round and almost as thick as a half dollar...the dude hung on hard.
-John Bachar


This next one isn't really a photo per say, and it definitely isn't amateur, but a moment caught on film all the same. Its from the bad ass flick Masters of Stone VI (available from http://mastersofstone.com/); and is on the video below:



There is a moment as dean cuts his feet to turn the lip move... almost anyone I know in that situation would be thinking PRECISION! CONTROL! MOVE PERFECTLY AND EXACTLY TO THE LIP AND EXECUTE THE MANTLE! But not Dean... he makes eye contact with you like a lion on top of its fresh kill, and stays there. You realize that Dean wants to be there, that he is thriving. He is in the moment, not 'doing a climb' but having an experience.

I'm not an adrenaline junkie, I can't mountain bike very well or snowboard or ski, even skateboarding scares me. The few dinky solo(ish) things I've done were never about that, and I look for that in inspiration, where I know that the climber is a samurai hopping among boulders in a roaring stream, not a gladiator in an arena.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Dec 25, 2012 - 11:11am PT
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
Dec 25, 2012 - 11:13am PT
awesomeness
awesomeness
Credit: Vitaliy M.

About to solo bingo world....















NOT!
T H

Boulder climber
bouldering
Dec 25, 2012 - 11:38am PT
ground_up

Trad climber
mt. hood /baja
Dec 25, 2012 - 11:44am PT
Great thread !

a side note.... before biotch re-sized the Nat.Geo pic , I noticed a
rope piled on the ledge below thank god ledge...? wonder what the story
is on that?
10b4me

Boulder climber
Somewhere on 395
Dec 25, 2012 - 12:25pm PT
a side note.... before biotch re-sized the Nat.Geo pic , I noticed a
rope piled on the ledge below thank god ledge...? wonder what the story
is on that?

for the camera crew maybe?

Ron,
that is a classic
RyanD

climber
Squamish
Dec 25, 2012 - 12:36pm PT
Cool photos, the Bachar photo of Croft on the Rostrum, Bachar on OZ & the one Ron posted above are my 3 favorites & they all blow my mind as much now as they did when I first saw them.
ryankelly

Trad climber
el portal
Dec 25, 2012 - 12:46pm PT
Anyone have the one of Bachar on the final pitch of New Dimensions?
thekidcormier

Gym climber
squamish, b.c.
Dec 25, 2012 - 03:02pm PT
The three stooges
The three stooges
Credit: thekidcormier

Edit,

Wait a sec, that ain't iconic... Go away noobs!
T H

Boulder climber
bouldering
Dec 25, 2012 - 03:38pm PT
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Dec 25, 2012 - 04:01pm PT
Name is Tong, Major Tong.  You see anyone human around here?
Name is Tong, Major Tong. You see anyone human around here?
Credit: mouse from merced
Karl Baba

Trad climber
Yosemite, Ca
Dec 25, 2012 - 05:24pm PT
Bachar soloing Left Ski Track while I'm in even more danger photograph...
Bachar soloing Left Ski Track while I'm in even more danger photographing it from jumars on a angled tight rope
Credit: Karl Baba

Credit: Karl Baba

Bachar on OKelly's Crack Josh
Bachar on OKelly's Crack Josh
Credit: Karl Baba

Bachar on Illusion Dweller
Bachar on Illusion Dweller
Credit: Karl Baba
Walleye

climber
The Hot Kiss on the end of a Wet Fist
Dec 25, 2012 - 07:56pm PT
Credit: Phil Bard
ryankelly

Trad climber
el portal
Dec 25, 2012 - 08:24pm PT
thanks Walleye. Thats the one.
MisterE

Social climber
Dec 25, 2012 - 08:41pm PT
Couldn't find the picture, but the one of Alex Huber soloing "Kommunist", 5.14a sticks in the mind.

So does Wolfgang Gullich's solo of "Separate Reality" before Ron Kauk did it.
rincon

Trad climber
SoCal
Dec 25, 2012 - 08:51pm PT
T H

Boulder climber
bouldering
Dec 25, 2012 - 09:18pm PT
ec

climber
ca
Dec 25, 2012 - 10:15pm PT
My choice would be the photo (by Phil Bard?) of Croft on the Rostrum.

 ec
Griffin

Trad climber
Monterey, CA
Dec 25, 2012 - 10:30pm PT
Photo by: Greg Epperson
Photo by: Greg Epperson
Credit: Griffin
Peter Croft on tips

Epi: If youve ever climbed Tips, you know that the pitch ends on a blank headwall. Croft just down-climbed the route.
Synchronicity

Trad climber
British Columbia, Canada
Dec 25, 2012 - 10:49pm PT
Credit: Synchronicity
T H

Boulder climber
bouldering
Dec 25, 2012 - 11:04pm PT
My choice would be the photo (by Phil Bard?) of Croft on the Rostrum.
It's one of Bachar's photos.
T H

Boulder climber
bouldering
Dec 25, 2012 - 11:31pm PT
Nohea

Trad climber
Living Outside the Statist Quo
Dec 25, 2012 - 11:46pm PT
Damn how to read this thread without your heart rate jumping 37%?

Mine has and big thanks.....a great thread.

RyanD

climber
Squamish
Dec 25, 2012 - 11:52pm PT
Yeah this thread is awesome. Synchronicity where is that?! What a powerful place!

I'd have to add that Edlinger shot of him hanging one arm in the Verdon as well to my favs. Now if we could only see that & the Bachar on OZ. anyone???
10b4me

Boulder climber
Somewhere on 395
Dec 26, 2012 - 08:03am PT
That picture of Peter on Tips is great
Synchronicity

Trad climber
British Columbia, Canada
Dec 26, 2012 - 08:48am PT
RyanD, that is Honnold soloing the Phoenix 5.13, if I'm not mistaken its probably the hardest single pitch solo that has been done in the valley (Werner can correct me). Still If I had to pick one iconic solo it would probably be Honnold's triple solo of El Cap, Half Dome and Mt. Watkins in a day. I don't think most of the world (outside of us climbers) can really grasp the magnitude of that accomplishment.
Synchronicity

Trad climber
British Columbia, Canada
Dec 26, 2012 - 08:52am PT
Is this the photo of Bachar? I think it was taken by Bard
Credit: Synchronicity
snakefoot

climber
cali
Dec 26, 2012 - 08:58am PT
yes, bachar on Oz. in reference to ounce... not OZ
Burchey

Mountain climber
San Diego
Dec 26, 2012 - 09:09am PT
agreed - getting sweaty hands looking at these excellent shots. Such strength/guts.
hagerty

Social climber
A Sandy Area South of a Salty Lake
Dec 26, 2012 - 09:18am PT
I remember one of Bachar at the crux of On The Lamb. The poster is somewhere in my basement.
can't say

Social climber
Pasadena CA
Dec 26, 2012 - 09:25am PT
Bullwinkle took a shot of Bachar pulling the lip of More Monkey Then Funky that IMO is one of his best.
Bruce Kay

Gym climber
BC
Dec 26, 2012 - 09:35am PT
Ounce



I prefer Oz. It rolls off the tongue way better and Dorothy's little trip through Oz has way better allusions to drug culture anyway. When I think of Ounces I always think of my 20 oz Estwing hammer that I've used for thirty years.

outrageous solo. I assume he soloed the crux face pitch below? Yikes!
snakefoot

climber
cali
Dec 26, 2012 - 09:38am PT
^^^^glad you know what you prefer.
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Dec 26, 2012 - 09:49am PT
Yeah, BK prefers to get hammered :-)
Bruce Kay

Gym climber
BC
Dec 26, 2012 - 09:53am PT
Whenever I do the Gram traverse I always think of my Gramma.

Possibly because of her little side business she ran out of her backyard green house.
ruppell

climber
Dec 26, 2012 - 09:55am PT
Uli Steck Eiger North Face

5700ft in 2h 27m

Credit: ruppell

Credit: ruppell
Synchronicity

Trad climber
British Columbia, Canada
Dec 26, 2012 - 11:30am PT
I nearly shat myself when Ueli's tool slipped off in the video....
James

climber
My twin brother's laundry room
Dec 26, 2012 - 12:48pm PT
Dec 18 2004 North Overhang on Intersection Rock.  I fell shortly after...
Dec 18 2004 North Overhang on Intersection Rock. I fell shortly after this photo
Credit: James
March 2009 I redpoint
March 2009 I redpoint
Credit: James
Reeotch

Trad climber
4 Corners Area
Dec 26, 2012 - 12:50pm PT
WTF James!

You decked off that thing????
ryankelly

Trad climber
el portal
Dec 26, 2012 - 12:59pm PT
For anyone that doesn't know James' story you should check it out.

Beyond bad. Just plain rad.
RyanD

climber
Squamish
Dec 26, 2012 - 01:51pm PT
Yeah yeah I know OZ is about drugs, I wasn't referring to the Wizard of Oz, thanks for posting up. Sick shots, way to redeem James, not sure how the redpoint would have felt but I'm sure the word relieved comes to mind. I remember reading your story man, well written but yep ur a lucky guy, way to get back up.
go-B

climber
Hebrews 1:3
Jan 1, 2013 - 11:52am PT
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
the crowd MUST BE MOCKED...Mocked I tell you.
Jan 3, 2013 - 12:43pm PT
The vid of Dean P. soloing Sep Reality is a study in intentional relaxation, me thinks.
Reeotch

Trad climber
4 Corners Area
Jan 3, 2013 - 12:52pm PT
I like Monkey Boy the best . . .
toadgas

Trad climber
los angeles
Jan 3, 2013 - 01:05pm PT
.



soloin JIHAD radness


http://www.wolverinepublishing.com/uploads/images/medium/211ece08405358cfba1b41f3435647a9.jpg



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Michelle

Trad climber
Toshi's Station, picking up power converters.
Jan 3, 2013 - 01:09pm PT
Baby sends harder than me!
le_bruce

climber
Oakland, CA
Jan 3, 2013 - 01:29pm PT
G Davis, your clip from Masters of Stone reminded me of how great that series is. I haven't seen VI yet, need to get it. I wish all videos were as Yosemite-centric, but that's just me.

Also reminded me that the series contains what is hands down the worst musical taste in all of climbing videodom. I'd take Euro techno in a heartbeat over that garbage, and I don't like Euro techno.
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
Jan 3, 2013 - 01:37pm PT
That's a great pic you started this thread with. Was at Sickle Crack a few weeks ago TRing. That is a stout free solo for sure. Hard to tell how the rock angles from that pic but that crack keeps wanting to spit you out until you get near the top.

Edit: Thought it was Sickle Crack anyways. Am I wrong GDavis?
GhoulweJ

Trad climber
El Dorado Hills, CA
Jan 3, 2013 - 01:57pm PT
Amazing pictures!
Soloing all that hard shyte is amazing.

I'm a pansy soloist:

http://s127.photobucket.com/albums/p122/ghoulwej/?action=view¤t=BearsReachSlowSOLO.mp4
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
Jan 3, 2013 - 02:10pm PT
"For anyone that doesn't know James' story you should check it out.
Beyond bad. Just plain rad."

Ryankelly, are any links available for background on this story?
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Jan 3, 2013 - 02:26pm PT
Found this on the Wheat Thin thread the other day..


"Wheat Thin" is too fragile for bouldering...


I think it's Butterballs
Oplopanax

Mountain climber
The Deep Woods
Jan 3, 2013 - 09:04pm PT
Where is that damn pic with Hamish soloing Clean Crack while the Royal Huds bears down on him?
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Jan 3, 2013 - 09:35pm PT
No photo, but the story: http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.php?topic_id=1618401&msg=1760537#msg1760537

Although I stick by my belief that the first rule of solo club is never to talk about solo club - including photos. If you do, perhaps a few photos of broken bodies should be included. We've all lost friends to solo climbing.
T H

Boulder climber
bouldering
Jan 3, 2013 - 10:01pm PT
We've all lost friends to solo climbing.
We've all lost friends to roped climbing.
WBraun

climber
Jan 3, 2013 - 10:25pm PT
that the first rule of solo club is never to talk about solo club - including photos

There's no such stupid club to begin with.

All this stupid secrecy is stupid.

I've seen plenty of dead soloists.

You cant handle reality that's why you try to invent a stupid club to hide in ......
GDavis

Social climber
SOL CAL
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 3, 2013 - 10:46pm PT
^^^

ho man...
karodrinker

Trad climber
San Jose, CA
Jan 3, 2013 - 10:49pm PT
ho man indeed!... the kind of statement that makes me happy for gear and ropes. Falling to death would suck.
WBraun

climber
Jan 3, 2013 - 10:52pm PT
You're already falling to death.

What are you talking about ......
locker

Social climber
state of Kumbaya...
Jan 3, 2013 - 11:21pm PT


"Iconic soloing shots"...

































































Credit: locker
...
locker

Social climber
state of Kumbaya...
Jan 3, 2013 - 11:28pm PT
"Dec 18 2004 North Overhang on Intersection Rock. I fell shortly after this photo"...

James...

correct me if I am mistaken please...

But don't I own those very shoes you were climbing in that day???...

Seems to me I purchased them from you...(Boreals)

???...


Bad Climber

climber
Jan 4, 2013 - 06:17am PT
Werner:
You're already falling to death.

You can be pretty whack sometimes, but that line is AWESOME.

CHeerZ

BAd
ydpl8s

Trad climber
Santa Monica, California
Jan 4, 2013 - 09:14am PT
These 2 photos of Derek uploaded by Crunch and SicMic are pretty iconic.

Derek Hersey, Mr. Clean. Joel Dyer photo
Derek Hersey, Mr. Clean. Joel Dyer photo
Credit: crunch
photo not found
Missing photo ID#251757


karodrinker

Trad climber
San Jose, CA
Jan 4, 2013 - 09:20am PT
Werner,

Too true! Might as well go soloing! Scrape me off a rock if you find me. Scoop me into a box and throw it in a fire.
James

climber
My twin brother's laundry room
Jan 4, 2013 - 12:20pm PT
Here's a link the story I wrote in Climbing. Catharsis

Locker- I wore different shoes that day. The Balley Golds were a pair Way convinced me to buy but I never wore.
Chinchen

climber
Way out there....
Jan 4, 2013 - 12:37pm PT
Who wants to post up a pic of how they looked after they decked....
Stop glorifying stupidity.


Glad you survived James..
WBraun

climber
Jan 4, 2013 - 12:47pm PT
You can't handle reality Chinchen so go ahead and join that hiker guy's stupid club.

You belong in it .....
Chinchen

climber
Way out there....
Jan 4, 2013 - 12:53pm PT
F*#k you.
GDavis

Social climber
SOL CAL
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 4, 2013 - 01:20pm PT
^^^^
WML

climber
Biggest Little City, NV
Jan 4, 2013 - 02:05pm PT
^^^ LOLOL
Reeotch

Trad climber
4 Corners Area
Jan 4, 2013 - 02:11pm PT
Its gonna happen! Wait for it . . .

http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/channel/videos/filming-the-free-solo-climb/
Chinchen

climber
Way out there....
Jan 4, 2013 - 02:26pm PT
I am probably being overdramatic.
J. Werlin

Social climber
Cedaredge, CO
Jan 4, 2013 - 03:23pm PT
Chinchen-- with Werner you have to elevate things to a level he understands.

Try: I'm rubber and your glue. Whatever you say bounces of me and sticks to you.
TheSoloClimber

Trad climber
Vancouver
Jan 4, 2013 - 04:34pm PT
James - that is one of the most intense climbing stories I have ever read.
jogill

climber
Colorado
Jan 4, 2013 - 05:31pm PT
You need to know when to stop.

;>|
Chinchen

climber
Way out there....
Jan 4, 2013 - 05:40pm PT
...I thought I did Jeremy... ;)
Hankster

Social climber
Golden, CO
Jan 4, 2013 - 06:17pm PT
Carlos Garcia free soloing Los Fiesta de los Bicepes- 11d Riglos, Spain Circa early 80's on the cover of "Mountain" I think.
Credit: some Euro

Hawkeye

climber
State of Mine
Jan 4, 2013 - 06:26pm PT
i am as bad as anyone else at being interested in this....but it seems totally wrong to glorify soloing. The pic of Derek on Mr. Clean. I suppose it is 11a but it is a very easy climb for someone at their finest, in the zone. but derek died on something easier than this. we should all take pause in that.

as for the dude that fell and survived in JT. i would be embarrassed were i him. thats just me. getting press out of something so sinister as to almost dieing, well, hell...anyone can can die.
GDavis

Social climber
SOL CAL
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 4, 2013 - 06:33pm PT
as for the dude that fell and survived in JT. i would be embarrassed were i him. thats just me. getting press out of something so sinister as to almost dieing, well, hell...anyone can can die.

You are right - I have some extended family members dying of complications from extreme obesity. That is right, they eat so much that they are dying from it, slowly, and they can't stop.

Suddenly it seems like friends and heroes of people on this site enjoying adventure and their passion isn't such a big problem... every day is a solo, every freeway, every lead - risk is ever present in life, it is ever present in climbing.

Soloists aren't dying right and left. A few good friends of ours have lost their lives to it, just like mountaineering, alpinism, lowering off the rope... climbing is f*#king dangerous. Don't think your danger is better than James'. He put his heart out there and told everyone how it happened, exactly as it happened.

I would be embarrassed to have never truly lived.

edit - not really talking to Hawkeye per say, he has a valid opinion.
Hawkeye

climber
State of Mine
Jan 4, 2013 - 06:36pm PT

Soloists aren't dying right and left. A few good friends of ours have lost their lives to it, just like mountaineering, alpinism, lowering off the rope... climbing is f*#king dangerous. Don't think your danger is better than James'. He put his heart out there and told everyone how it happened, exactly as it happened.

I would be embarrassed to have never truly lived.

there is a very fine line between living and dieing. only you can choose. i am not pretending to choose for anyone other than to caution those who do not understand the difference.
guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Jan 4, 2013 - 06:37pm PT
Sierra Ledge Rat on Patio.
Credit: guido
coz

Mountain climber
Northern surly
Jan 4, 2013 - 06:40pm PT
James,

I don't think you are stupid, anymore than the rest of us who solo are stupid. Looking at Hank's photo, the first thing I thought, is that's just stupid.

When JB died, I was at working on TRON surrounded by Stuntmen, I couldn't hide my emotions; when my friends asked what was wrong, and I told them my friend died climbing without a rope.

Everyone said some version of, "that wasn't to smart," all the way to, "your friend was just plan stupid."

I love the photos in this thread, and I have pushed my luck as many here have, but I can't help but notice many of the photos are now of dead guys.

All of them were friends of mine some better than others, and they were anything but stupid.

You're not a failure or stupid James, something happen to you that could have happen to all of us. I've had feet and hands slip off soloing, Werner has too.

I met you and thought you were one heroic guy to survive that fall and climb again. Don't listen to the haters, they're just people who flat out don't know what they're talking about.

Much Respect, SC.

Bullwinkle

Boulder climber
Jan 4, 2013 - 06:45pm PT
Coz,

You're wrong, James suffered Brain Damage from his Fall, so he is in fact stupider than the rest of us. He also walks funny, but not in the good funny way. In a few years he'll need one of these.

https://thehurrycane.com

The only reason Alex Hannold hangs out with James is to remind him of the consequence of failure.
Hawkeye

climber
State of Mine
Jan 4, 2013 - 06:48pm PT
i am not hating on anyone, assuming that response was directed at me.

i am totally psyched that someone is alive and climbing who lucked out. luck, thats what it is in his case to be alive and with us.
coz

Mountain climber
Northern surly
Jan 4, 2013 - 07:02pm PT
It wasn't direct at u Hawkeye, I was trying to reassure James he wasn't stupid, or that all of us who solo are equally stupid.

Edit, Dean, LOL,,,

We'll both need the Hurrycane soon,
GDavis

Social climber
SOL CAL
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 4, 2013 - 07:02pm PT
You are right hawkeye, sorry I saw that through my whatever-tinted glasses and painted it as judgemental. Have a great evening :)
WBraun

climber
Jan 4, 2013 - 07:06pm PT
One day we were at Noby Wall.

I set a top rope.

Coz always free solos it.

He's ready to go and tell him to tie in.

He asks why and I say because it's there so big fuking deal tie in because it's set up already and won't hurt ya.

He's hesitant and finally reluctantly ties in and I belay him.

He gets up to the crux and breaks off the crucial hold and falls onto my belay.

His number wasn't up that day ...... :-)
James

climber
My twin brother's laundry room
Jan 4, 2013 - 07:51pm PT
Hawkeye-
Luck is the wrong word. Somewhere between my 7th and 8th week of laying in a hospital bed, Dean Fidelman and Lucho visited me. Dean spun around in a hospital wheel chair performing wheelies occasionally.
"Man, I can't believe you survived," Lucho said, "you got lucky."
"You are not lucky," Dean told me. "You are fortunate. If you were lucky you would not have fallen. You would have topped out gone to Vegas, won a million bucks and done blow off a hooker's ass. You are fortunate-you survived"
WBraun

climber
Jan 4, 2013 - 08:43pm PT
LOL !!!!!
Hawkeye

climber
State of Mine
Jan 4, 2013 - 09:00pm PT
"You are not lucky," Dean told me. "You are fortunate. If you were lucky you would not have fallen. You would have topped out gone to Vegas, won a million bucks and done blow off a hooker's ass. You are fortunate-you survived"

very good attitude......i sincerely applaud you for that.

but in 20 years when you have seen your kids bouncing off your knee your perspective might have changed.

hats off to you regardless.

i know that i soloed things that at this point in my life were foolish. i was lucky, but i can only really comment about me and my skills at the time.

that pic of Derek on Mr Clean...when i climbed Mr Clean I never felt more solid....it could have been an easy solo.....and while i did some near that league, i was lucky.....but i can only comment on my own self.
James

climber
My twin brother's laundry room
Jan 4, 2013 - 09:32pm PT
And in 20 years, when you have seen your children walk away from your knee uninterested, showing total disdain for your boring life, your prospective may change too.
Hawkeye

climber
State of Mine
Jan 4, 2013 - 09:38pm PT
lol

you are young........

there is much to see and learn even from those who you must disdain today.....



SicMic

climber
two miles from Eldorado
Jan 4, 2013 - 09:47pm PT
photo not found
Missing photo ID#282317

I've only fallen a couple times, which is twice more than most get. Never had a camera around for the hard stuff, just the fun ones. (thanx SM for the Derek shot, one of my faves)
Al_T.Tude

Trad climber
Monterey, CA
Jan 9, 2013 - 02:01pm PT
Regarding free soloing- falling early is often the best strategy.
- Jim Donini
Snowmassguy

Trad climber
Calirado
Jan 9, 2013 - 02:35pm PT
Our great government needs to ban free soloing....that will stop all this silliness. Bouldering only up to 10 feet, crash pads mandatory at all times. Kinda like the ban on base jumping. This initiative will put thousands to work and save the lives of at least a few people per year. We can start the Fight/Solo Club and solo in secret.
D Fred

Trad climber
san francisco, ca
Jan 9, 2013 - 02:35pm PT
growing up, these were two that always stuck in my memory, can't believe they haven't been posted yet.

alex huber soloing brandler-hasse direttissima (5.12a) in the ...
alex huber soloing brandler-hasse direttissima (5.12a) in the dolomites, stoppinhg for a casual one-arm hang for the camera
Credit: D Fred

wolfgang soloing separate reality
wolfgang soloing separate reality
Credit: D Fred

and i had to include this one just because the man solo'ed Kommunist 5.14a in mythos (!!!) of all the choices of shoes to wear
alex huber at the top of soloing the kommunist (5.14a)
alex huber at the top of soloing the kommunist (5.14a)
Credit: D Fred
ATS

climber
Mountain Project
Jan 9, 2013 - 07:01pm PT
The very first photo in this thread is a pic I posted on Mountain Project of Greg Cameron cruising the Crucible. The photo was taken by Elizabeth Benjamin
GDavis

Social climber
SOL CAL
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 9, 2013 - 07:37pm PT
I like that you credited yourself for reposting it on MP before crediting the photographer ;D <3
briham89

Big Wall climber
san jose, ca
Jan 9, 2013 - 08:20pm PT
Credit: briham89

Me soloing something easy in jtree a few weeks ago. Not quite as epic as the other solos on here but I liked the lighting and the sky in this one.
brodracula

Trad climber
hawaii
Jan 12, 2013 - 01:31pm PT
I don't know about you people ,But everytime i see a picture with exposier my legs and feet tingle and shake.the human mind is an amazing thing.my feet were tingling through out this thread.thanks for the pics and tales
Jingy

climber
Somewhere out there
Jan 29, 2013 - 07:23pm PT
Hey everybody,

Just saw a Joe Rogan Experience Podcast with Alex Hannold.

Just thought it should be out there for others to hear. Pretty cool to hear Rogan go on about climbing from an outsider point of view
T H

Boulder climber
bouldering
Feb 12, 2013 - 10:02pm PT
drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Feb 13, 2013 - 09:53am PT
not my photo
not my photo
Credit: drljefe
gonzo chemist

climber
Fort Collins, CO
Feb 13, 2013 - 06:04pm PT
I always really liked this one. I think it was in a 2007 issue of Climbing or R&I.

Bachar soloing near Guadalajara
Bachar soloing near Guadalajara
Credit: gonzo chemist


S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Feb 13, 2013 - 06:26pm PT
Credit: S.Leeper
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