Kris Solem appreciation....


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Social climber
So Cal
Aug 12, 2009 - 10:38pm PT
Kris cheats!

He's way to skinny.

Anybody that weights next to nothing had a genetically unfair advantage. :-)

What you had to say a while back and your involvement was really appreciated.



Big Wall climber
Aug 12, 2009 - 10:41pm PT
Kris is Rad!

I am very lucky to have climbed with him.

hope to climb with him in the future.

Big Wall climber
The Immaculate Conception
Aug 12, 2009 - 10:44pm PT
Anyone seen the photo of Kris working the FA of 'Gold Standard' in the SEKI guide? That was the first time I had seen tights (or were those leotards) worn disrespectfully. are THE MAN! Thanks for the friendship, the mentoring and your forgiveness!

"Who Dat?"

Kris slavin' for The Chief


Aug 12, 2009 - 11:12pm PT
Hope you are feeling better these days Kris ! I really enjoy hanging out with you :)

Aug 12, 2009 - 11:38pm PT
Kris is the best. Big heart and huge climbing ability. Kris was the first to reach out to Al after his accident in which Woody was killed.
I wish you well Kris and I hope you feeling much better than the last time we talked.

Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
Aug 12, 2009 - 11:43pm PT
Kris was the first to reach out to Al after his accident in which Woody was killed.

I didn't know that. Doesn't surprise me though. Kris seems like a damn fine human. And, like I said, I never met him.

Just always came off as a decent guy here. Sh#t, I gotta meet him sometime, quality people are always good company.

Aug 12, 2009 - 11:49pm PT
That tuesday night(after the accident, I believe) Kris, Barbara, Al and I had dinner at Kris' and we discussed the accident and tried to put Al on the road to "recovery". Kris was very compassionate, offering support and some well heeled advice. A "damm fine human being" indeed.

South Carolina
Aug 13, 2009 - 12:07am PT
When I was out in California for a few days last October, Kris was the only person willing to show me around Joshua Tree. And it was an awesome time.

Here's to you my friend.

Trad climber
San Diego
Aug 13, 2009 - 12:44am PT
Me and the whole pullharder crew think pretty highly of Kris Solem. Witty responses and a good level head.

Trad climber
Central Coast
Aug 13, 2009 - 01:19am PT
Kris pitched in some beta and pics for our newest guidebook and I've never met him. Thanks Kris! Seems like a team player kind of guy, not some selfish hoser. I dig that.

chica from chico, I don't claim to be a daisy
Aug 13, 2009 - 02:03am PT
Three cheers for Ksolem & Uber Babs*** How's your health these days?
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Aug 13, 2009 - 09:32am PT
Chris looks 20 years younger than he is, and climbs twice as hard as most people I know;......he loves to climb, shares his time, ideas and energy with everyone. Everytime I see him, he's always upbeat, positive, and psyched.....he should write a book and we all should read it! Cheers to you;.....been climbing forever and still going strong....he's simply amazing.

Desolation Basin, Calif.
Aug 13, 2009 - 10:09am PT
I only know Kris through the Internets. He likes to drop the occasional F bomb on me, but it's all good.

A buddy of mine had a serious accident on Lost Horse Wall. Luckily for him, Kris was nearby and threw in to help right away. What can you say about any climber that's better than that?

OK, now it's back to summitpost. I'm overdo to call him a friggin' idiot! :-)

Trad climber
Monrovia, California
Aug 13, 2009 - 12:38pm PT
Gary - I didn't know Steve was a friend of yours.

I'll never forget, when I got up to the ledge where he was and saw how his leg was broken so the bottom of his foot was facing up I kind of winced. He looked right at me, said "Don't do that again!" and kind of chuckled.

He is a really tough guy. The whole rescue took some time, and he was absolutely solid through the whole thing. Calm and collected. I was really impressed. And it wasn't exactly over when the chopper pulled him off, either...
Ed Bannister

Mountain climber
Riverside, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 13, 2009 - 01:53pm PT
Kris does have his weakness though, too much gas pedal on the way to climbing.... beyond the adhesion of tires.

Desolation Basin, Calif.
Aug 13, 2009 - 02:05pm PT
And it wasn't exactly over when the chopper pulled him off, either...

That's a story in itself!

Steve has an artificial ankle now. He's had a long recovery. He's even gotten up on the rock.

He's got a sense of humor about it. A bunch of folks made a card for him. We wished him a "Swift" recovery!

Trad climber
Upper Leftish
Aug 13, 2009 - 02:56pm PT
More props for Kris.

I took an extended trip to SoCal last year. Kris didn't know me from Adam. And I'm just a punter of a climber - happy to get up some SoCal granite moderates. Didn't seem to matter to him.

Ended up taking me along on a couple trips - J Tree, Suicide, and a trip to ORG with him, UberBabs, and Guyzo (both rad people too btw). Had a great time working our way around the crags...always stoked, friendly, and humble. And all despite having just been through some of his own scary sh** over the year prior.

Had dinner at their place...shared a few beers. Him and UberBabs even offered my brother a place to stay when some fires were threatening his place last year. Good hearted, stand up, generous folks.


Trad climber
Monrovia, California
Aug 13, 2009 - 03:00pm PT
Ed, Let me assure you that the fast driving days are long over. No more "powder blue pooftah-mobile," I'm in the Toyota crowd now...

Jonathan - that was a blast. Howz life?

And the Mayor of Josh! Be seeing you soon I'm sure... :-)

Trad climber
In the mountains... somewhere...
Aug 13, 2009 - 03:34pm PT
Here ya go, Kris on the FA of The Gold Standard.

Kris has been a great climbing partner and friend for many, many years. I can't wait for him to get better so we can go climbing again!

The first time I ever climbed with Kris we did a Tuolumne route called Piece of Grass. I didn't really warn him about the nasty runouts. At any rate, he led the second pitch with only one small complaint about the runout to the anchors (35 feet or so) and then when I was about 90 feet out on the third pitch, with no pro, he quietly tells me that if I fall off he is going to cut the rope cause the crappy quarter inchers he is hanging on are never going to hold me. Quite a partner!
looking sketchy there...

Social climber
Latitute 33
Aug 13, 2009 - 03:54pm PT
In climbing you meet all sorts of great people, but Kris is one the nicest guys I've had the pleasure to meet and with whom to climb. He's tough, smart and interesting too, which makes hanging around him all the more enjoyable.

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