Ron Skelton/72nd Birthday/Perfect Lead of Crack-a-Go-Go


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Trad climber
Twain Harte, California
Topic Author's Original Post - Feb 4, 2013 - 11:52pm PT
Today was Ron's 72nd birthday, so I went over to the Valley to meet him. The weather was perfect and the rock was dry.

We warmed up on Outer Limits and then he fired a perfect lead of Crack-a-Go-Go. Yeah, he's led it before. Yeah he knows the pro. But, yeah, that birthday number was 72. And when his foot skated off a smear he actually just laughed at it.

We went down to their house for some Pineapple Upside-down birthday cake afterward.

All in all a fine day. I may be able to post some photos later if the friend who took them emails them to me.

Boulder climber
Feb 4, 2013 - 11:56pm PT
I think that you've Ron's age wrong, he's 27, not 72.

Edit, well he sure climbs like he's 27, one of the most talented valley climbers ever IMO.

Trad climber
Twain Harte, California
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 4, 2013 - 11:59pm PT
I think that you've Ron's age wrong, he's 27, not 72.

Can't be. If he's 27, I'm in diapers (almost anyway).
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Feb 4, 2013 - 11:59pm PT
Happy 72 to Ron, Way to crack a go-go!!!
hope I'm still breathin at 72.

Oakland, CA
Feb 5, 2013 - 12:02am PT
That's inspiring. How many people past 70 on the planet can lead an .11+ on gear? Might be a club of ten? Less?
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Feb 5, 2013 - 12:02am PT
Well what ever, 72...27 dude sounds cool. My papa loves pineapple upside down cake and had it at his recent 85th bday party. Must have been the cake of the era.

I'm inspired that if RS can still climb so can I. Cheers and Happy Birthday. lynne

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Feb 5, 2013 - 12:07am PT
Way to go!!!!!
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Feb 5, 2013 - 12:12am PT
happy birthday Ron, you are an inspiration you are

Feb 5, 2013 - 12:19am PT
That's impossible!

It's never ever been done.

Until today ....... :-)

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Feb 5, 2013 - 12:29am PT
At first I thought it said RED Skelton! I didn't even know Red Skelton climbed so waltzing up Crack-a-Go-Go was even more unreal.

Anyway... nice lead by a young lad!

Feb 5, 2013 - 01:18am PT
Is this "Garageman"?

Holy sh#t...

Boulder climber
Feb 5, 2013 - 01:23am PT
I once danced with his daughter.

Feb 5, 2013 - 06:14am PT
He's not just a one-trick pony. Here's a picture from a couple of years ago:

Nice shirt !
Nice shirt !
Credit: Andy2

Bonus point if you know which famous American climber did the FA.

Happy birthday Ron !

Mountain climber
Okinawa, Japan
Feb 5, 2013 - 07:17am PT
I'm 68 and I'm lucky to do 5.6. More power to him. A true inspiration.

Trad climber
Is that light the end of the tunnel or a train?
Feb 5, 2013 - 07:18am PT
Hey that is awesome. Happy Birthday Ron.
Patrick Sawyer

Originally California now Ireland
Feb 5, 2013 - 07:24am PT
I am 56 and I have to lose weight if I am going to lead 5.11 at even 60. Way to go Red, eh, I am mean Ron.

Crackin' the whip on a go-go.

(I know this is off topic, but Red Skelton was my late mother's favorite comedian.)

Happy b'day Ron.

MtnYoung, what's Twain Harte like nowadays? I lived in Cedar Ridge from 1974-1977, off and on.

Andy2, I guess I get minus points, as I do not even know where that climb is.

Feb 5, 2013 - 07:31am PT
First Sasha Digiulian, now this. The mortals are getting it from all angles. Sheesh!

Trad climber
East Coast US
Feb 5, 2013 - 07:58am PT

Trad climber
Pollock Pines, California
Feb 5, 2013 - 08:15am PT
donini there's your nose in a day partner.

Gym climber
sawatch choss
Feb 5, 2013 - 08:24am PT
Happy Birthday Ron! Glad to hear you're still in great shape.
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