Fat guy decides to do a little free soloing

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Peter Haan

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, CA
Jul 6, 2014 - 06:32pm PT
Thanks Apogee, once again. Right on. This is partly just another case of fat-shaming someone and of course it's someone we will never meet.

My closest climbing partner back in the day and still today started his august climbing career being rescued by rangers at Pinnacles as a teenager. He had wandered up Machete Ridge without benefit of equipment, know-how or a informed partner. He went on to lead 5.12X up until the early 2000's and was a prominent guide for nearly twenty years. Doug Robinson was also rescued on Pywiack Dome as a kid; he did the same Honnoldy thing of just "climbing". It is hard to stop, you know; it is so fun just to launch away.

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.
scrubbing bubbles

Social climber
Uranus
Jul 6, 2014 - 06:49pm PT
This is partly just another case of fat-shaming someone


there's been plenty of solid climbers fatter than that guy. Whillans did the FA of Annapurna S Face with a huge beer gut!!




that guy in the video could just be the next Don Whillans!!
Rock!...oopsie.

Trad climber
the pitch above you
Jul 6, 2014 - 07:11pm PT
not mine
not mine
Credit: not mine

I thought this was going to be about this guy.
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.
Tami

Social climber
Canada
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.


scrubbing bubbles

Social climber
Uranus
Jul 6, 2014 - 10:09pm PT
& being a bit Rubenesque keeps the rotor wash from blowing you off the cliff
kunlun_shan

Mountain climber
SF, CA
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 ;-)

http://www.tahoedailytribune.com/article/20041227/NEWS/112270009

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.....
scrubbing bubbles

Social climber
Uranus
Jul 6, 2014 - 10:44pm PT
^^^ that bump on the head might explain a lot
tradmanclimbs

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.
Sagebrusher

Sport climber
Iowa
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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