Earl Wiggins-Master of the Craft

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chill

climber
between the flat part and the blue wobbly thing
Jun 5, 2013 - 06:32pm PT
I knew him somewhat in Colorado Springs and climbed with him a few times in the Royal Gorge and Pikes Peak. Really nice guy. If you just met him and talked to him you'd have no idea about all the hardman stories. He wasn't the sort of person to put that out there to impress people.
Someone mentioned that he was hit by lightning. I think that was on the Diamond, while climbing with his first wife, Cheryl. It blew him out of his aiders and knocked him unconscious.
Then there was the fall on an ice climb in Little Cottonwood that broke both legs...
and the 80 footer on the Cruise while climbing with his brother Art. He finished the top half of the route with a broken forearm.
A short but extraordinary life.
Kalimon

Social climber
Ridgway, CO
Jun 5, 2013 - 10:46pm PT
This is high grade BBST . . . Earl was an audacious soloist, EB's and all, pound for pound one of the greatest of his time.
Fluoride

Trad climber
West Los Angeles, CA
Jun 5, 2013 - 11:38pm PT
I just watched "Luxury Liner" - the documentary on the FA of Supercrack.

Am in awe of Wiggins, Webster and the like. Heard all the stories but first time I'd seen it on video. Leading SC with hexes. And the second pitch by Webster to the rim. Wonderful.

RIP Earl.
Kalimon

Social climber
Ridgway, CO
Jun 5, 2013 - 11:55pm PT
Flouride . . . the Black Canyon beckons.
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