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marky

climber
Topic Author's Original Post - Nov 16, 2007 - 02:16am PT
Post 'em if you got 'em.

Bonatti - Le Petit Dru
Buhl - Nanga Parbat
Messner - Everest
Croft - Astroman
Shipley - Keeler Needle
House - K7
Darren D.

Social climber
Nov 16, 2007 - 02:21am PT
Reardon - EBGB's (I still get the heebeegeebees thinking about it!)
Jaybro

Social climber
The West
Nov 16, 2007 - 02:22am PT
shipley, Conness way weirder than Keeler, except for the weather...

Jaybro ( and everyone else) out of the bed each morning, what is scarier than that?
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
sorry, just posting out loud.
Nov 16, 2007 - 03:04am PT
Alexander Huber - 2004 Free Solo Ascent of the Kommunist (5.14a), Austria

(source wikipedia)
Riotch

Trad climber
Kayenta, Arizona
Nov 16, 2007 - 08:39am PT
Charlie Fowler's onsight free solo of the DNB on Middle Cathedral!!!

I'm not sure when he did this, but it was the mid '80s at the latest.

If you've done the route you know what I'm saying.

Badass!!
WanderlustMD

Trad climber
Lanham MD
Nov 16, 2007 - 08:53am PT
Reardon, Romantic Warrior. I think he did it onsight...

Potter, California Roulette
Norwegian

Trad climber
Placerville, California
Nov 16, 2007 - 09:04am PT
norwegian - fat merchant crack onsight and downclimb

i know, loud mouth soup
rick d

Social climber
tucson, az
Nov 16, 2007 - 09:44am PT
wiggins scenic cruise (@ 16)
hersey- name it (I like the photo in the black w/ arrow)
rusty baillie Polar Circus
rob slater slipstream

me, layback (oh, yea- I didn't finish that one)
TwistedCrank

climber
Ideeho
Nov 16, 2007 - 10:19am PT
anytime anyone solos anything anywhere is definately ballsy imho
AP

Trad climber
Calgary
Nov 16, 2007 - 10:23am PT
Frank Jourdan, a German who likes to visit Canada. Some of his solos:
Andromeda Strain (part of a huge enchainment involving a number of routes on Athabasca and Andromeda)
Grand Central Couloir
NE face Howse peak (2nd ascent Blanchard Robinson route)
N face Cromwell
E face Assinniboine (Cheesmond Dick route 2nd ascent)

all of the above except for Assinniboine were done in a very short time period.
Dragon with Matches

climber
Bamboo Grove
Nov 16, 2007 - 10:35am PT
After soloing hardish (for me) stuff that was rehearsed into submission, I felt about as bold as my grandma.

Onsight is a whole different game and I'm in awe of men & women with those kinda stones.

Barber
Buhl
Twight
Reardon
Paul Preuss
That Norwegian dude in his bamboo raft across the Pacific, or whatever.
paganmonkeyboy

Trad climber
the blighted lands of hatu
Nov 16, 2007 - 10:52am PT
maybe slightly different then what you are after, but i was blown away by Goran Kropp's everest trip...
k-man

Gym climber
SCruz
Nov 16, 2007 - 10:58am PT
Potter on Heaven, that was pretty ballsy.
His Half Dome ascent was outside the box.

Some of those solo slacklines.

A bunch of high-altitude mountaineering stuff.

Gullich on Separate Reality

Josh Higgins

Trad climber
San Diego
Nov 16, 2007 - 11:45am PT
Is Bachar even mentioned in this thread yet?

Nabisco Wall

Moratorium (onsight)
hashbro

Trad climber
Mental Physics........
Nov 16, 2007 - 11:46am PT
Randy Vogel on Stoner's Highway (79'?)
TwistedCrank

climber
Ideeho
Nov 16, 2007 - 11:47am PT
Bacher on Solitary Confinement
Yabo on Spiderline
Blowboarder

Boulder climber
Back in the mix
Nov 16, 2007 - 11:59am PT
damn, this thread is making my hands sweat.

some of those jtree solos are beyond my comprehension.

EBGB's? wtf?

i thought i was coming off every move.
Mike.

climber
Nov 16, 2007 - 12:20pm PT
Xaver Bongard, Jolly Rodger and Sea of Dreams back-to-back. Body-cleaving belay stance and all...
Handjam Belay

Gym climber
expat from the truth
Nov 16, 2007 - 12:36pm PT
Frank Jourdan. Noone ever remembers him. I recall a story about him hiking up to Chasm Lake in RMNP with his wife and children. He sprinted up the Black Dagger/Yellow Wall and met them back at the lake where they'd been hanging out watching.
wbw

climber
'cross the great divide
Nov 16, 2007 - 01:35pm PT
That picture of Derek Hersey in the Black with the arrow, in Climbing Magazine was my one Galen Rowell moment. He was soloing the Scenic Cruise on a day when he soloed three routes. I was sitting on the South Rim, watching in awe as Derek lapped North Chasm View Wall. Amazing!

As Derek was finishing his second route, (I think Journey Home although the memory is a little fuzzy on that) I left my photographer's duties to drive back around to the other side. On the way back I stopped in Montrose and picked up the Big Mac that Derek had ordered for his stamina food for the day. I found him back at the campground lounging. When he saw the Big Mac, his eyes lit up with enthusiasm, he gulped it down and then ran down the Cruise Gully to complete the "Triple Crown".
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