Total history lesson complete with nerd graphs!
I was in Hood River a few years back and i made it a point to look up Mark Hudon and tell him how great and inspirational those articles were: State of the Art Art of the States and Long Hard and Free
It may have been the only (the last time)time i was able to say I was proud to be an American
What a great thread! Be great to catch the history of Valley climbing back up to the present from where this left off seeing as how climbers like Caldwell and Honnold have brought the focus back. Thoughts like how free soloing has become front and center and the differences between where/how sport climbing (which focused a lot more on bringing the physical)has been adapted to allow a more mental (i.e. free soloing at a higher physical level)approach to a higher level. And the explosion of bouldering and where that has taken climbing as well. It's interesting that the hardest physical climbs are not in the valley but that free soloing has brought the focus back to the valley. The how's and why's would be very interesting to hash out.