Kiss Or Kill MTwight J Lowe Kangtega and Nuptse SE Spur 1986


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Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 29, 2013 - 06:29pm PT
Blaque Jacque Serac!

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Jan 29, 2013 - 06:32pm PT
Good point Vitaliy. When it comes to serious alpine climbing, i, for one, have only been on one established climb- the Compressor Route on CT. I did that because my partner was a young German unfamiliar with alpine climbing.
To me, a major part of the alpine experience is exploring new ground in remote ranges. The only way to fulfill that "explorers urge" in the 21st Century.
There is still a surprising amount of untrodden real estate in the mountain realm if you are willing to dig a little.

Trad climber
Jan 29, 2013 - 07:54pm PT

"Hypurconshis" is my new favorite word. What a riot.

I eat up every word Twight writes and I admire his gusto in the mountains from when he was really gettin at it. His perspective is his perspective. Love it or leave it. Kiss or kill.

Theres a fine line between salvation and drinking poison in the jungle. I have no idea what that means but I dig it. And I have the t-shirt. I'm such a tool.

Trad climber
The great state of advaita
May 17, 2013 - 02:32am PT
I have an old X t-shirt lying around here. My wife introduced my to them and she used to go their concerts. May have one of their playlists? She used to collect them. Sorry to hear about Exene and MS. It can be something you can work with. My brother in law has had it for quite a while now and he remains quite active and gets around a lot on foot (he can no longer drive). His mind is still super sharp too... his job is to play in a sandbox at Microsoft and invent sh#t.

I enjoy Twight's brutal honesty, and his ability, at least at times, to direct that toward himself. I also have enjoyed his writing, but find I like it in small doses, like single malt (to round it out and tie in Tami!). I love single malt, but am not going to pour half a bottle on my muesli every morning. If you do find me doing that, please put me on the ice floe straightaway.

It just came to me that Twight reminds me of Anthony Bourdain writing-wise. At least in the brutal, raw honesty department. Bourdain has a sense of humor, especially about himself at the end of the day. I'm not sure I've seen that in Twight. It might make him even more interesting to reveal that.

Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 25, 2016 - 02:35pm PT
Long Overdue Bump...
Stewart Johnson

Mountain climber
lake forest
Dec 25, 2016 - 04:35pm PT
Kangtega 1986  <br/>
The northeast buttress
Kangtega 1986
The northeast buttress
Credit: Paul Teare
The late Mark Hesse before the climb

Mountain climber
13,000 feet
Dec 25, 2016 - 10:04pm PT
Mr. Twight could coin a phrase, " I shat my pants"

Mountain climber
13,000 feet
Dec 25, 2016 - 10:12pm PT
I repeatedly wonder at two climbers and the things they did in foul or desperate conditions...

Jello - Jeff Lowe, things that seem ignored that are mind boggling, the north face of Ama Dablam, solo, in a day, with peplaced bivvy gear, so if he did not summit and start down, he died... no problem but for the 7,000 feet of ice he had to climb, at altitude.


Norman Kingsley - 200 first ascents in uncharted beta absent peaks, dolomites, alps, and more.... with manky gear.

Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 8, 2017 - 04:11pm PT
Ed- I believe that the route Jeff soloed was on the south side of Ama Dablam.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 30, 2017 - 09:11am PT
Bump on demand...
Gnome Ofthe Diabase

Out Of Bed
Sep 30, 2017 - 09:28am PT
I know, a drift so far as to be admonished for:


The 4th post down from "eagel"

I climbed El Cap 3 months into my 16th birthday . . .

is then followed by
"mighty hikers rebuttal,

that a Dave lane also in 1976,at 15 climbed ElCap . . .

it was huge for D Lanman to post,
sad that warmer responses were not a part of his experience here at the mexican food trck.

(Dave & his brother Steve wre/Are? righteous folks)

on the sad note who is the dingbat "Dave" who took to grinding on eagel's responses?
i will not add more,
just that it is to bad that one dave couldnt cut -that Dave- some slack. . . . mike

A long way from where I started
Sep 30, 2017 - 10:56am PT
I don't know why the poster above is junking up a thread about Mark and Jeff (and the nature of Himalayan climbing), but, to get it back on track, I note Brian in SLC's post near the beginning:

[quote]Mellowed? Nah...[/quote]

To bring this up to date, it looks like Mark has moved on from Gym Jones, the training concept/place he co-founded. Check out this post from a friend of his:

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