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10b4me

Ice climber
Happy Boulders
Mar 25, 2013 - 11:34am PT
Sorry Patrick, you are reading way more into what I said.
briham89

Big Wall climber
san jose, ca
Mar 25, 2013 - 11:51am PT
When Chris wanted to "learn" trad he went and onsighted the Rostrum. It would be cool to see him back in the valley though for sure.
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Mar 25, 2013 - 11:54am PT
Didn't he try to onsight free the nose a few years ago?
saltandgranite

Trad climber
Yosemite, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 25, 2013 - 06:48pm PT
You are correct, Brandon. From what I've heard Sharma just doesn't really care about the valley... certainly not on the level that you need to. This is really where TC took a left and Sharma took a right with their obsessions so many years ago. But you better believe he could crack climb if he wanted to.
Credit: saltandgranite


Kalimon

Trad climber
Ridgway, CO
Mar 25, 2013 - 09:34pm PT
Already a classic archival photo!
Adamame

climber
Santa Cruz
Mar 25, 2013 - 11:22pm PT
I just got back from six weeks in Spain climbing at Oliana. Watching Chris and Adam in the final stages of this route was really eye openning. Gave me a huge respect for Sport Climbing as a legitimate form of climbing. Much respect to Chris and Adam, both super amazing people on many levels.

Chris Sharma, La Dura Dura
Chris Sharma, La Dura Dura
Credit: Adamame
gonzo chemist

climber
Fort Collins, CO
Mar 26, 2013 - 01:11pm PT
"When Chris wanted to "learn" trad he went and onsighted the Rostrum."

I believe he onsighted the Alien Roof finish to the Rostrum also. Sooooooooo, yeah.

If I were Sharma, I'm not sure I'd bother with the valley either. Have you seen where he LIVES?? 50 world class cliffs within an hour of his house.


The valley has awesome climbing, that's for sure. But what a clusterf*#k that place is as far as logistics. There's a reason that many hardcore Valley denizens, like even Cedar Wright, moved away.
Rankin

Social climber
Greensboro, North Carolina
Mar 26, 2013 - 01:47pm PT
^ Agreed. For people who like steep sport climbing, the Valley is almost all slab. Further, Sharma onsighted Excellent Adventure when he was 19 years old.

Edit: He was 17 at the time he onsighted Excellent Adventure.
Adamame

climber
Santa Cruz
Mar 26, 2013 - 02:04pm PT
He might be in The Valley sooner then you would think.
Mike Friedrichs

Sport climber
City of Salt
Mar 26, 2013 - 04:09pm PT
Ummm, perhaps not everyone agrees that the valley is the center of the universe.

After I climbed limestone in Spain I had no desire to go back to the valley and do the same move over and over again.
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
www.climbaddictdesigns.com
Mar 26, 2013 - 04:17pm PT
Well - that climb, La Dura Dura, seemed to be pretty damned hard, even for Sharma!

I wonder who else, besides be and Ondra, has been getting on it, and how they have been doing. A time lapse film of a stream of triers would probably be a bit amusing to see....


Have to wonder how much more difficulty is humanly possible. Although, I saw one of you Supertopo guys had posted (on Facebook) about some new "Gecko Skin" development that, if used in a climbing gear application, seemed might make holding on almost a moot point.
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Mar 26, 2013 - 06:38pm PT
I have no doubt that Chris Sharma could become one of the world's best trad climbers if he chose to.
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
www.climbaddictdesigns.com
Mar 26, 2013 - 08:46pm PT
^ Has an interviewer ever asked him if he has interest in with gear climbing, or mountaineering for that matter?

On the other hand - why do we suggest a sport climber ought to desire gear climbing? We don't think people who rock climb, gear or sport, should seek out high altitude routes. Nor do we think they should start bouldering highball lines.

Maybe some of us are gear snobs(the horreur!)

kennyt

climber
Woodfords,California
Mar 26, 2013 - 08:48pm PT
I thought the second ascent didn't count unless it was done by a twelve year old girl??

EDIT: Just funning, Chris won't be outdone very easily.
KP Ariza

climber
SCC
Mar 26, 2013 - 10:46pm PT
All the little girls are on 5.10 and 511 cracks in Woodfords Canyon......and spraying all over the web about it
nature

climber
Boulder, CO
Mar 26, 2013 - 10:51pm PT
when I head over that direction I'll flash it and then downrate it.

my typical fashion
kennyt

climber
Woodfords,California
Mar 26, 2013 - 10:54pm PT
All the little girls are on 5.10 and 511 cracks in Woodfords Canyon......and spraying all over the web about it

Ken Ariza, sorry we missed you and your friends!
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Mar 26, 2013 - 11:04pm PT
Seeing him in his formative (although he seemed already very 'formed') years around Santa Cruz, as many have said, a very unassuming young man. Kind, gracious...
Always great to see him to continue to make wonderful accomplishments.

Susan
Rankin

Social climber
Greensboro, North Carolina
Mar 26, 2013 - 11:29pm PT
Sharma is rare because he performs at the highest level but does not exude the snippiness and competitiveness of most top athletes. California cool at it's finest.
Adamame

climber
Santa Cruz
Mar 26, 2013 - 11:48pm PT
Happeigirl, No one else has tried it whatsoever.

Chris has a new project next La Dura Dura that he has also been trying a lot and its also likely a 9B+ and in my mind a way cooler looking route. Its the line of draws to the right in my photo earlier in this thread.

And like I said you may see Chris in the Valley sooner than later. It should be obvious what project he will be on.
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