That's cool & all Jim, I mean these boys are truly killing it.
Haven't you climbed all these mountains already?
Suffered through freezing bivys?
Had epic descents & slogged for miles to get shut down in a whiteout?
Seen the mountains take away lives of many following this very pursuit?
Pooed inside a tent next to your partner numerous times?
Had your partner poo next to you in a tent numerous times?
I would think a man who has seen the places you've seen & done the climbing you have done would consider making their next pass as some sort of macho spaniard who lives on the beach and humps 13+ tufas & 5.9 Lolita's all day until you've OD'ed on type 1 fun?!?!
I see your reasoning tho, i am quite content with my life but I wouldn't mind a walk in their shoes either, or yours for that matter- seems like you guys are never working!!
Two brilliant climbers and really cool guys. The are just at the beginning of the arc. Definitely the new generation of Donini-Lowe type climbers.
If there was a TV show, "America's Next Top Climber" they would win.
So far this year:
Winter Ascent of The Watchtower
Both did routes on El Cap though not together
Now they are doing things in Peru that will be stories repeated around campfires for years.
This Spring Everest candidate Chad Kellogg went hiking in the local LA mountains with Hamik. That evening at the slide show he came up with the nickname "Hamik The Hammer" in reference to his hiking abilities. The nickname does not fit his personality which makes it amusing.
Jim, I can point out a lot of other nice young men you should aspire to be, but today especially is not a good day to be Vitaliy or Hamik. 1) we didn't even get on our climb (I complained about a joint issue in my foot, then the weather turned to crap AFTERWARDS), 2) we had to walk 15 miles back to Huaraz with 70 lbs on our backs, and 3) California Cafe still doesn't have chocolate cake. Unbelievable.
I remember a few years ago showing Vitaly on Supertopo some of the kit I like to take on alpine routes, he was getting into it.
If you guys want to see something super funny search for an old thread I started when I just signed up for supertopo. I was asking people how to 'dirt-bag' in Yosemite. Actually there were multiple threads that are hilarious. Learned and climbed a lot from than. Hope to keep up my interest, and do many more peaks in the future.
Way to keep us on the spot Jim! We hiked into Cayesh valley and got shut down, yahooooooo! Didn't even attempt our climb...
YOU do NOT want to be like us. We are internet wankers that's all...
It's nice to see people get SO into climbing that they just can't stop. Climbing almost fulltime you can certainly accrue a lot of experience in a short time. Their tr's remind me of all the fun and excitement to be had in the mountains minus the 70 lb packs of course! России жестких мужчин