The Classic 'Pumping Sandstone' by John Long (Climbing 1978)


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Topic Author's Original Post - Aug 25, 2007 - 08:19pm PT
In celebration of kicking those dips, thought you might enjoy some shots from the glory days back when ADD stood for all day dynoing. Gotta love the slack TR and the swami. Your brisket was never more chiseled!

Cover caption: JL at midpoint on the notorious Ripper Traverse near Pueblo, this being one of John Gill's most vicious 'test pieces.' The strain on his tendons is so intense, it is nearly audible to the onlooker," John Gill (and photo).


Social climber
The West
Aug 25, 2007 - 08:34pm PT
I always wondered if his folks really split without leaving him a forwarding address.
Rick A

Boulder, Colorado
Aug 25, 2007 - 08:39pm PT
John's parents were the two of the most loving people you could ever hope to meet. This was probably the only time where Johnny used hyperbole in his writing...

San Fran Cisco
Aug 25, 2007 - 09:19pm PT
thanks, mimi!

Trad climber
Mammoth Lakes, CA
Aug 25, 2007 - 09:34pm PT
How about that Bachar dude - all he could do was scroll reefers and sheet!
Man what a loser.... heh heh

A tent in the redwoods
Aug 25, 2007 - 10:48pm PT
classic stuff

Aug 25, 2007 - 10:51pm PT
What you can't see in that article is the smoking fast dyno moves that Largo could do.

It was unreal.

Social climber
Ventura, California
Aug 25, 2007 - 10:53pm PT
Great stuff Thanks!

I think the rope was there to keep him on task

Trad climber
Boulder Colorado
Aug 25, 2007 - 11:15pm PT
seems like that article was a big one (along with Pat's book on John Gill) toward making Bouldering what it is today.


Boulder climber
Gilbert, AZ
Aug 25, 2007 - 11:15pm PT
Those are all great problems... by John Gill.


Vision man...ya gotta have vision...
Aug 25, 2007 - 11:21pm PT
From a climbing mag around '80 or so. Article about climbing the boulders of Tahquitz. The one with the tilted shot from the Kong Boulder on the cover. This dude is honed...

seamus mcshane

Aug 26, 2007 - 09:48am PT
Verm wrote that Largo looked like "an albino bull gorilla on a Nair kick:" in that "Where Boneheads Dare" picture.LOL
Too funny!!!

beneath the valley of ultravegans
Aug 26, 2007 - 11:20am PT
You've gotta have vision--for sure--but the real key is TUBE SOCKS!


Trad climber
Boulder, CO
Aug 26, 2007 - 11:24am PT
I thought bouldering was invented about 5 years ago! This article can't possible be true.
The user formerly known as stzzo

Trad climber
SF bay area
Aug 26, 2007 - 12:14pm PT
I never thought I'd see a photo of John Long toproping... Good stuff.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Aug 26, 2007 - 12:29pm PT
How about those nifty tape spats on the Kong Boulder shots for style points.

Trad climber
Aug 26, 2007 - 12:43pm PT
Does he have a cigarette in his mouth? How's the kick the habit going?

Topic Author's Reply - Sep 1, 2007 - 09:01pm PT
Hooooman! How bout some of that speckled stuff? The third installment of the series (Pumping Iron, 1977, being the first with that Arnold guy who went on to Pumping Handshakes). Check out his brisketoliciousness™™ at work.


Social climber
Ventura, California
Sep 1, 2007 - 09:23pm PT
I had forgotten this “pumping granite”

Love the last sentence, last paragraph, hell the whole thing!

bob d'antonio

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Sep 1, 2007 - 10:05pm PT
That article was like a small bible that sent me on a search for bouldering salvation.

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