as I said in the other thread, love him or hate him, you can't deny his climbing prowess, and his route "The Reality Bath" (WI6+?) remains unrepeated as far as I know*
I think when you climb at that level you do not really care to repeat other people's suicidal routes. If you succeed, it's just a repeat. If you die...well no one will give you a cookie. Small reward for a great risk.
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.
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.