Climb Forever?


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Trad climber
SF Bay Area, California
Oct 30, 2017 - 01:41pm PT
At moments like this, it doesn't matter how old we are, or what we can or can't do as well as we used to, or who our age is climbing harder, or who is older than us and still at it. The day speaks for itself, and I think John and I both sensed how lucky we are, after so many years, to be up here yet again in the sunlight.


Moments like this are why I keep trying, in spite of injuries and non-climbing life factors. It's heartening to hear, and encouraging to keep trying the steep way up...

Thanks for sharing!



paradise, ca
Oct 30, 2017 - 02:10pm PT
I climbed in a place called the Mile End Gym while working in London. Met a guy that was 83 years old and still climbing twice a week. If you tried to talk about anything but climbing he would stop you and say "this is my climbing time". I'm 68 and when I grow up I want to be just like that guy or my 73 year old climbing buddy John Robinson. I breathe when I'm away from climbing but I finally catch my breath when I'm standing at the bottom of some wall. Those of you that have a real passion for something, anything, will understand what I mean.
Ojai Alex

Trad climber
Ojai, CA
Oct 30, 2017 - 06:19pm PT
^^^ We have a local like that here. I’m damn sure he’s logged more days on rock than any other person still active in Ventura or Santa Barbara Counties.

If you catch him at the crag and try to bring up anything not related to climbing, you will be ignored.
Don Lauria

Trad climber
Bishop, CA
Oct 30, 2017 - 11:23pm PT
Climb forever? Thought Fred might, but time caught up with him. Love ya, Fred.

Social climber
Moorpark, CA.
Oct 31, 2017 - 10:41am PT
rgold..... thanks for the post and the pics...

Fred was so amazing, he was able to keep going and going and going...

when I get old I wish to be like Fred....

heck when I was 23 I wanted to be like Fred.


Sport climber
Nov 10, 2017 - 10:37am PT


Boulder climber
The high prairie of southern Colorado
Nov 10, 2017 - 05:04pm PT
^^^^ Keep this in mind when talking about climbing forever. These performers at one time were on Dancing With the Stars.

A long way from where I started
Nov 10, 2017 - 06:42pm PT
Is that Tarbuster in the back left corner of that Dance Company?

Trad climber
Los Angeles, CA
Nov 10, 2017 - 06:56pm PT
That footage of the 19 month old boy, if genuine is indicative of reincarnation. This little tyke looks like a reincarnated climber. Could be Chuck Pratt, John Bachar, Bob Kamps, or any number of people who were more or less well known climbers. In that sense, yes you can climb, if not forever, at least over a period of a few lifetimes. A person who dies young but really loves climbing is more apt to come back sooner. I was impressed with the deliberate, controlled way he moved up the wall. Like he was crawling, but in a vertical direction.

Trad climber
Poughkeepsie, NY
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 17, 2017 - 05:47pm PT
Marcel Remy at 94 (!) Fortunately, he could take the elevator down...

See additionally

T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Nov 17, 2017 - 07:17pm PT
Proud effort Marcel!

Trad climber
Poughkeepsie, NY
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 18, 2017 - 09:11am PT
Bump for Marcel Remy. If you compare the Miroir d’Argentière ascent to the Fred Beckey Dolomite video, I think you'd conclude that at 94, Marcel may well have been ahead of even the great Beckey, an outlier among the outliers...

Sport climber
Nov 20, 2017 - 11:10am PT

Jo Montchausse - The Duel:

Trad climber
Poughkeepsie, NY
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 5, 2018 - 03:32pm PT
Another over-90 climber.

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Feb 5, 2018 - 04:15pm PT
Still trying to keep it going. First ascent of a sweet little peak in Patagonia over Super Bowl weekend.
Credit: donini
Credit: donini
Credit: donini
5.9+ R with an “interesting” approach. Seven hours in and out and a thirteen hour summit day...resting these old bones today AND maybe even tomorrow,

Kudos to Marcel! The truth is Fred wasn't climbing the last few years although he certainly wanted to.

Feb 5, 2018 - 04:26pm PT
Too bad we age at different rates. It would be great to be like these guys.

Trad climber
Polebridge, Montana
Feb 5, 2018 - 06:25pm PT
ah, way to go Jim. Wish I would have been there with you. Maybe you would have had to take the crux lead from me after I backed down like that time you bailed me out in The Black Canyon.


Social climber
great white north
Feb 5, 2018 - 07:25pm PT
Proud effort Jim!
Jon Beck

Trad climber
Feb 5, 2018 - 10:19pm PT
Awesome Jim!

Rob Kelman climbed the Durrance route at Devils Tower, 87 yo. I met him at J Tree in 2016, supposedly he wanted to do some off width while he was there.
Alan Rubin

Feb 6, 2018 - 05:50am PT
The climbers in the video Rich posted are both from western Mass. The climber is Ed Daniels, a long time stalwart of the Berkshire AMC climbing group, who turns 93 next month. His youthful belayer is our retired Congressman, John Olver, a mere 82 or so. Both get to the gym at least one morning a week, and still also climb outside during the warmer weather--true inspirations.
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