Fat guy decides to do a little free soloing


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Peter Haan

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, CA
Jul 6, 2014 - 07:19pm PT
Henry Barber just above, I see.

Bubbles, or we always bring up the great John Donne. Extremely high level gutsy Brit climber but truly a big boy too.

I think there is something of course utterly ridiculous about climbers pillorying this guy for being so dumb as to get in trouble this way when, however stupid his outing was. His motive was made of some of the same stuff that brings us all to climb.

Honnold talks about his earliest gym visit where his parents' attention was diverted briefly and next thing they knew their very young Alex was most of the way up one of the gym walls unroped and of course unvetted as well.

I have rescued totally informed climbers who basically didn't need help but thought they did. That's a common situation. But if they think they do, it is a good indication they probably should be rescued as their mental wherewithal has dissipated to a perilous minimum.

I will admit it does make a unique video and sure it's funny since we know he comes out okay.

Social climber
Jul 6, 2014 - 09:57pm PT
What is with the feeding frenzy here, Pilgrims? You sound like a bunch of hags at a pie bake-off, as Terence Stamps parries in Priscilla Queen of the Desert. It is amazing how far the rescued guy got too.

Haan brilliance. Agreed. Buddy was on some steep stuff. Bozo move yeah but glad he's alive.


Mountain climber
Jul 6, 2014 - 10:18pm PT
Slightly similar story from 2004, and a climber whose name most people now recognize.

With the incident below, he maybe just needed some steep rock - snowshoes and ice can be dangerous ;-)


Man rescued after Tallac fall

A 19-year-old man used his cell phone on Sunday to call for help after slipping on ice and falling face first several feet down Mount Tallac.

Alex Honnold of Carmichael suffered face abrasions and a concussion from the fall, which happened at around 10:30 a.m. He was found at about 12:30 p.m. and flown to Washoe Medical Center in Reno...

...While snowshoeing alone, Honnold apparently lost his footing and fell, and was briefly unconscious before using his cell phone to call his mother. His mother then called the El Dorado County Sheriff's Department.

A California Highway Patrol and a CalStar helicopter were dispatched to look for Honnold. He was spotted by CalStar, and the California Highway Patrol helicopter landed on the side of the mountain to pluck him to safety, said El Dorado County Sheriff's Sgt. Larry Olsen.....

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Jul 7, 2014 - 08:22am PT
The guy was outdoors haveing an adventure. kudos for that. sorry it did not work out for him but hope he does not give up on the outdoor life.

Sport climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 7, 2014 - 12:31pm PT
Yep. Hopefully this guy will climb more, with a bit more fore-planning and with people who know what they are doing. Obviously, he has some natural talent. As far as "fat", I have known people far larger than him who are quite fit if not "in shape" so to speak. :)
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