Best 20th Century climbing personalities


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Social climber
Flatland, Ca
Jan 28, 2007 - 12:03am PT
A post like this reminds me of how great the climbing community was/is.

I know it was better. I have had my share of fun times. I know that there are some great times to be had by the future generations.

But... Come on... Who of the good/great climbers of this and the next generation can possibly hole a candle to any of those pictured above. Nowhere near the personality of even one of those listed above can be found today. Or, at least I have not run across one yet.

Those pictured are truely rare.

Keep it going, and cheers to all of you who make this time a great time to be in.


right here, right now
Jan 28, 2007 - 12:11am PT
Nice words for sure.
Poignant too.

I do think Jason Kiehl cultivates quite an expressive personality.
don coyote

mahogany ridge
Jan 28, 2007 - 10:39am PT
It's all relative.Justin Kramer,RIP.Trevor Pilling,RIP.And uh yah,Charlie F,godspeed(in a nasal tone)

Trad climber
the pitch above you!
Jan 28, 2007 - 11:39am PT
Old Skool: Charlie Knapp (RIP)

Mellow "badass" Cats: C-Mac, Caldwell, Sharma

Trad climber
Falls Church, VA
Jan 28, 2007 - 02:40pm PT
Let's not forget Chuck Pratt just because he was so quiet.
Read his Mt. Watkins essay if you haven't done so yet.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Sep 12, 2018 - 02:28pm PT
Giant bump.
Looks the part.
Looks the part.
Credit: mouse from merced
Larry Nelson

Social climber
Sep 12, 2018 - 08:12pm PT
Maybe the most stoked personality in Alaskan climbing, Steve Garvey had a near cult following. RIP.
Credit: Larry Nelson
jeff constine

Trad climber
Ao Namao
Sep 12, 2018 - 08:21pm PT
Credit: jeff constine

Andrzej Citkowicz far away from Poland
Sep 12, 2018 - 08:47pm PT
Locker, R.I.P.

another nickname

Social climber
Yazoo Ms
Sep 12, 2018 - 08:52pm PT
"Best " in what way? What's a "climbing personality?"

It seems that certain notable climbers have almost no personality at all.

There are lots of ways to interpret the question. But no matter how one takes it, there's obviously no reasonable answer.

Ice climber
Sep 12, 2018 - 09:01pm PT
In what manner do the selections difffer from 19th century climbing personalities?


The Good Places
Sep 12, 2018 - 09:05pm PT
we are almost dead and they're solid dead

Trad climber
Sep 12, 2018 - 09:30pm PT

Wait, maybe they count for 21st century.. still good though.
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