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beevee

climber
Topic Author's Original Post - Nov 19, 2013 - 10:03pm PT
This quiet Russian madman is all business. A true barbarian.
Micronut, this begins to describe Alexey. Friends call him "Iron Russian." A late-comer to climbing (he started in his mid-40's), he's taken on hard, obscure routes with rare passion and drive. He spends endless hours scouting routes, researching possibilities, and training.

The rewards are obvious
Alexey meets the Tooth Fairy, Indian Creek.  Credit Michal Danek
Alexey meets the Tooth Fairy, Indian Creek. Credit Michal Danek
Credit: beevee

Besides a sense of adventure, he's also got a great sense of fun
Hmmm ... not quite a hardman as "Alexandra"
Hmmm ... not quite a hardman as "Alexandra"
Credit: beevee

Chim-Chim

climber
Nov 19, 2013 - 10:16pm PT
Don't know the man. looks like he has fun on some tough routes. Awesome!
mctwisted

Trad climber
e.p.
Nov 20, 2013 - 12:45am PT
preparing for leanie meanie
preparing for leanie meanie
Credit: mctwisted
making it look easy on leanie meanie
making it look easy on leanie meanie
Credit: mctwisted
your a good man Alexey, seeing how much drive you have for climbing has made me push harder and step up my game! thanks friend
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Nov 20, 2013 - 11:22am PT
Alexey on slither and Scream, 5.11 ow, Long canyon Utah
" Pam's list included big bro. I don't like them. I will take a couple more valley giants....."
Credit: Jaybro
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
U.N. Ambassador, Crackistan
Nov 20, 2013 - 11:25am PT
He looks pretty hawt in that dress.

Go Alexy!

DMT
Willoughby

Social climber
Truckee, CA
Nov 20, 2013 - 11:26am PT
That rack is downright obscene.
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Nov 20, 2013 - 11:31am PT
He's Russian.

He's old.

He likes the wide.

He ain't right in the head......

GO ALEXEY!!!!
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Nov 20, 2013 - 11:32am PT
My hero
Credit: Vinita
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Nov 20, 2013 - 11:35am PT
Love his pants, so baggy and roomy. Wide pants.

Алексей, ты человек!
10b4me

Ice climber
Bishop/Flagstaff
Nov 20, 2013 - 11:54am PT
I've climbed with a couple of Russians. I have found them to be very strong, and determined.
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Nov 20, 2013 - 11:57am PT
I have been inspired by Alexey's TR! Crazy positive energy, getting hard routes done, having fun!
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Nov 20, 2013 - 12:05pm PT
YAY. . . I appreciate everybody who gets out there and has a blast!

CRANK ON!
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Nov 20, 2013 - 12:23pm PT
Credit: Jaybro
Hardman Knott

Gym climber
Muir Woods National Monument, Mill Valley, Ca
Nov 20, 2013 - 12:38pm PT
I thought this thread was gonna be about me!

I guess knott...
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Nov 20, 2013 - 01:21pm PT
"Jaaay, no more booooshwacking. I'm done".

Alexey, it's never done! Congrats on all the stuff you have accomplished...even being a late bloomer! You rock! Fer sure!

Susan
TwistedCrank

climber
Bungwater Hollow, Ida-ho
Nov 20, 2013 - 02:00pm PT
How come that guy is always smiling?
micronut

Trad climber
Fresno/Clovis, ca
Nov 20, 2013 - 04:02pm PT
"Fack Bushwhacking!"
-Alexey

After a day of groveling and getting nowhere near Balch Camp Flake on his first recon mission.

Alexey on the second ascent of JCA's Wide World of Sport (5.12b?&#...
Alexey on the second ascent of JCA's Wide World of Sport (5.12b?) up on Balch Camp Flake
Credit: micronut

It was great to meet this gentle giant last weekend. Keep sending the wide, Kid!
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
Nov 20, 2013 - 05:01pm PT
Fun guy to hang with. And love his MP write ups! :)
L

climber
California dreamin' on the farside of the world..
Nov 20, 2013 - 08:26pm PT
I'm not sure which is more of a turn-on...his engaging smile, the way he writes with an accent, or that photo of him with 14 pounds of Valley Giants hanging off his hardman derriere. ;-)
mctwisted

Trad climber
e.p.
Nov 20, 2013 - 08:43pm PT
hanging out at the cookie
hanging out at the cookie
Credit: mctwisted
alexey on vendetta 5.10 ow
alexey on vendetta 5.10 ow
Credit: mctwisted
Credit: mctwisted
mdanek

Trad climber
California
Oct 23, 2014 - 10:30am PT
Alexey is an amazing climber and inspiring partner. His passion for climbing aesthetic hard trad routes is unique.

About a rest day with Alexey…Once we made a trip to Indian Creek. After several days of hard climbing “thin and wide” I was beaten up, sore, missing skin on my hands and arms. Finally, there was a rainy morning and we declared a long overdue rest day. On the way to Moab the sky darkened and a heavy rain broke up. While driving along the cliffs Alexey asked me to pull over and stop the car. He jumped out, ran up to the base of the wall, stuck his hand into one of the cracks and ran back with a big smile. Totally soaked he uttered: “The cracks are dry; we can climb in the afternoon when we come back.” I was speechless…We came back in the afternoon, the rain turned into showers and sleet…we climbed Quarter of a man. We were the only climbers…
Getting ready for JCA's WWS
Getting ready for JCA's WWS
Credit: mdanek
JEleazarian

Trad climber
Fresno CA
Oct 23, 2014 - 11:23am PT
Getting to meet Alexey was one of many treats from my evening at Balchfest last year.

John
Gnome Ofthe Diabase

climber
Out Of Bed
Oct 23, 2014 - 12:52pm PT
He has a Great smile ....


Tree? (the Yabo story?)
scuffy b

climber
heading slowly NNW
Oct 23, 2014 - 01:14pm PT
Great enthusiasm and support.
Hope to see you soon, Alexey.
Captain...or Skully

climber
in the oil patch...Fricken Bakken, that's where
Oct 23, 2014 - 03:49pm PT
That dude gets it done. Woot!
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