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philo

Trad climber
boulder, co.
Topic Author's Original Post - Oct 14, 2009 - 08:53am PT
Here is my old pal Chuck with his oh so last century rack.
The few springy things he borrowed from me.
Credit: philo

And with his gweeder.
That dudes got chops.
From raunch and roll to flawless, fret-less Classical Spanish and everything in between.
If it has strings Chuck can make it sing.
Credit: philo

AND...

The man can stack.
Credit: philo

And stack.
Credit: philo

And stack.
Credit: philo

Chuck can stack nuts on lead as fast as noobs can plug a cam.
And I would trust them more too.


Credit: philo
What's up Chuck?





ydpl8s

Trad climber
Santa Monica, California
Oct 14, 2009 - 09:10am PT
Ya need a redo on postin those photo's Phil.

I saw on the Alpinist website that you're going to have some written words in the special Red Rocks section....congrats! I've been to the local shop but haven't seen a copy of #28, have they shipped yet?
philo

Trad climber
boulder, co.
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 14, 2009 - 10:04am PT
Yup should be on the shelves already or any day.

Wonderful Bachar remembrance.
And a farewell from Cassin.
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Oct 14, 2009 - 10:26am PT
And a Philo cartoon, to boot.

Good issue.
ydpl8s

Trad climber
Santa Monica, California
Oct 14, 2009 - 10:29am PT
Cool pics, no springs or mechanical thingy's to go wrong, just proper placement using static physics, kind of like the proper placement of your foot or hand! Now that's what I call Old School. (What is it with these old harcore's and their impish grins, did he learn that from Becker?)
Brian Hench

Trad climber
Anaheim, CA
Oct 14, 2009 - 10:33am PT
On the topic of stacking, it would seem to me that the older straight-sided stopper designs would be more suited to stacking than the newer curved designs. Would anyone care to comment on that? Has anyone even tried to stack Wallnuts, for example?
philo

Trad climber
boulder, co.
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 14, 2009 - 10:38am PT
Yeah Ghost the 'toon was a real unexpected surprise.

Hey MossMan Chuck always had that sh#t eatin' grin. Long before he and Bryan linked up Chuck already looked like he'd just gotten away with a raid on the cookie jar.

Chuck was one of the first modern climbers to open up Escalante canyon. Many, many times his desperate first ascent would end when the rope ran out. Long before Friends and BigBros Chuck would stack tube chocks and hexes and rap to terra firma. Often the stack would fall out when unloaded and wiggled. Nerves of steel and balls of titanium. A very talented and immensely powerful man.
philo

Trad climber
boulder, co.
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 14, 2009 - 11:08am PT
Chuckles on lead.
Credit: philo


And one more stack for the load.
Credit: philo
Brian Hench

Trad climber
Anaheim, CA
Oct 14, 2009 - 12:01pm PT
That last one is clever. He's basically taking a flared placement and making it work by using the nut to improve the contact with the rock, rather than simply making the combination wider.
Jingy

Social climber
Flatland, Ca
Oct 14, 2009 - 12:42pm PT
Hold please for a seperated at birth photo...

I got just the guy, but can't post up now...

maybe later... if memory holds
healyje

Trad climber
Portland, Oregon
Oct 14, 2009 - 01:20pm PT
Looks like a character in the best sense of the word. Used to do lots and lots of stacking, not much anymore since using HB Offsets and cams. Still do a lot of natural pro however.
philo

Trad climber
boulder, co.
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 14, 2009 - 02:39pm PT
Picture #1: Up Chuck

Picture #2: Chuck off.



The Law of Gravity will be strictly enforced.
The Law of Gravity will be strictly enforced.
Credit: philo
philo

Trad climber
boulder, co.
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 14, 2009 - 07:14pm PT
here is a link to Chuck's music business.
Check it out and listen to some music.


http://www.chuckgrossman.com/
Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Oct 14, 2009 - 07:16pm PT
Is he any relation to Steve?
philo

Trad climber
boulder, co.
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 15, 2009 - 06:36am PT
No, I don"t believe he is.
philo

Trad climber
boulder, co.
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 18, 2009 - 09:35am PT
And bomber they are!


Here is another Grossman stack done one handed.
One hand stacking
One hand stacking
Credit: philo

In fact all these stacks were done one handed.
At least it takes him two hands to play the guitar.
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Oct 18, 2009 - 09:51am PT
I wanna hear how he freed Megapump at Escalante.

Was anybody there? Accounts?
That thing looks pretty sustained.
philo

Trad climber
boulder, co.
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 18, 2009 - 10:28am PT
In his prime Chuck was a total beast. His arms were bigger than my legs.
There should be little doubt of his capacity to climb Megapump and harder BITD.

This is a stack I tried one handed.
NutZ
NutZ
Credit: philo
It is Oh Kay but nothing like Grossman's.
perswig

climber
Oct 18, 2009 - 04:20pm PT
Arcane alchemy. (One-hand placements? Holy crap.)
We should all practice this stuff once in a while.
philo

Trad climber
boulder, co.
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 18, 2009 - 04:22pm PT
Chucks a freak. He has master guitarist's fingers so he can attain all manner of weird contortions.
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