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bigbird

climber
WA
Feb 18, 2014 - 04:09pm PT
I smell 'Piolet d'Or.'

Not this year, the "big list" has already been published...
http://www.planetmountain.com/english/News/shownews1.lasso?l=2&keyid=41567

Still impressive though... I could see them taking free climbing to himalaya, Bhagirathi 3, Arwa tower and so on... La sportiva might have to make them some insulated rock shoes though..


moacman

Trad climber
Montuckyian Via Canada Eh!
Feb 18, 2014 - 04:33pm PT
What can one say........simply outstanding.....

Stevo
Roots

Mountain climber
Tustin, CA
Feb 18, 2014 - 04:51pm PT
!Respeto!
RP3

Big Wall climber
Sonora
Feb 18, 2014 - 05:22pm PT
I am speechless.
marty(r)

climber
beneath the valley of ultravegans
Feb 18, 2014 - 06:11pm PT
ˇtan impresionante! The Power of Empanadas!
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Feb 18, 2014 - 06:27pm PT
This isn't April first, is it?
Dirtbag Wannabe

Mountain climber
Westminster, CO
Feb 18, 2014 - 10:08pm PT
Dawn Wall. Sendero Luminoso free solo. Now the Fitzroy traverse. Human powered flight must be up next. I'm buying Brendan Leonard a beer and planning a word tour of the greatest 5.7's ever known... Honnold doing this on his first trip is like learning Messner soloed Everest without supplemental oxygen.
MisterE

climber
Feb 18, 2014 - 10:30pm PT
Thanks Rolo - the inspirational climbing is a perfect off-set to the tragedy.

Erik
budmiller

Trad climber
California
Feb 18, 2014 - 11:00pm PT
Whoever posted the picture above me wins. ^

Also great job guys!
Kalimon

Social climber
Ridgway, CO
Feb 18, 2014 - 11:07pm PT
Whew! These guys are hitting some serious stride . . . such an Irie team.

Thank you Rolo for your correspondence, not to mention your own contributions to alpinism.
Wade Icey

Trad climber
www.alohashirtrescue.com
Feb 18, 2014 - 11:19pm PT
damn. Pretty Super...human.
rgold

Trad climber
Poughkeepsie, NY
Feb 18, 2014 - 11:29pm PT
Wow.
shipoopoi

Big Wall climber
oakland
Feb 19, 2014 - 12:29am PT
ok, that's freaking proud. way to have a good time boys. ss
bhilden

Trad climber
Mountain View, CA/Boulder, CO
Feb 19, 2014 - 01:31am PT

I smell 'Piolet d'Or.'

Not this year, the "big list" has already been published...
http://www.planetmountain.com/english/News/shownews1.lasso?l=2&keyid=41567

The list you refer to is for climbs completed in 2013. If I am not mistaken I believe Caldwell and Honnold completed their climb in 2014:-)
TomCochrane

Trad climber
Santa Cruz Mountains and Monterey Bay
Feb 19, 2014 - 01:35am PT
!!!!!
klk

Trad climber
cali
Feb 19, 2014 - 02:11am PT
just amazing.

i like this bit:

By this point their rope was reduced to 38 meters in length
mcreel

climber
Barcelona
Feb 19, 2014 - 02:26am PT
Amazing! Was it Royal Robbins who wrote about Yosemite climbers going off to the rest of the world to apply what they learned in the Valley? Or are they applying in Yosemite stuff they learned in Patagonia?
bhilden

Trad climber
Mountain View, CA/Boulder, CO
Feb 19, 2014 - 02:45am PT
“The future of Yosemite climbing lies not in Yosemite, but in using the new techniques in the great granite ranges of the world.” — Yvon Chouinard, 1963 ...
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Feb 19, 2014 - 04:36am PT
hey there say, rolo... very impressive rocks... :O

thanks for the map, it helps me understand better...


also, as to this:

It should be noted that their success was in spite of very bad conditions, with much ice and snow in the cracks and on the ridges courtesy of one of the wettest summer seasons in many years.

Caldwell and Honnold wore rockshoes to climb Pilar Goretta and the north face of Aguja Poincenot but climbed everything else wearing approach shoes (!!).

This was Honnold's first climb in Patagonia… Over the years Caldwell has done a number of impressive ascents in the area, most notably the first free and onsight ascent of Linea de Eleganza on Cerro Fitz Roy.e


thank you for the special note as to the climbers of special rock...
and how it was done-- "wettest season" and all, :O
bigbird

climber
WA
Feb 19, 2014 - 05:34am PT
bhilden-

Point taken... Though technically one is nominated for a the award the year following the ascent, usually in february...

Impressive none the less... Hailing them as the next generation of "super-alpinist"? Maybe... I have my doubts... Mad free climbing ability does not make you an "super alpinist"... A strong pallet of diverse skills is needed to partake in that activity...

Then again I don't know them personally... They might have substantial mixed, ice and aid climbing skills I don't know about... In that case they might very well be the next generation of super alpinist...
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