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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 &#40;5.12a&#41; 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 &#40;5.14a&#41;
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
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