The Saga of the Triple Lever---A Trippy Report

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Chip

Trad climber
Sittin' Pretty in Fat City
Oct 29, 2009 - 06:46am PT
How fitting a piece, Rich. Are you sure you are a math professor? I did not know Kevin as well as you did, but find myself thinking of him riding his bike out to the cliffs most times when I drive up the hairpin turn below the Trapps.
rgold

Trad climber
Poughkeepsie, NY
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 29, 2009 - 12:48pm PT
"Why can't the climbing mags find stuff half as good as this???

I swear, if I read one more lame ass, half assed self promoting article by a Bisharat or the same ol same ol from Samet, I'm canceling everything but Alpinist and starting my own rag."


Thanks for the kind words, but let's remember those guys have to churn something out every month. We'd use up our best stories in probably less than a year and then we'd have to start faking it. Start your own rag and you too will confront this problem...
Technogeekery

Trad climber
Tokyo, Japan
Oct 29, 2009 - 05:00pm PT
A funny story, and very well told - thanks!
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Oct 29, 2009 - 06:01pm PT
Hilarious story, Rich! Thanks for sharing it. What tickles me most is your collective faith in Jim's finger strength! Likely the only time that he was the weak link in any endeavor! Somewhere between extreme gymnastics and circus arts it could have opened up a wholly new category in Accidents in North American Mountaineering! LOL
426

climber
Buzzard Point, TN
Oct 29, 2009 - 06:16pm PT
This and needle's eye really cracked me up. Before I opened it i was asking, "Triple Lever, huh?:"
rgold

Trad climber
Poughkeepsie, NY
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 30, 2009 - 11:57am PT
Here's the now-famous picture of Gill doing a one-arm front lever:



A cursory web search suggests that this stunt is really unique. It doesn't seem that anyone else can hold these, although there are some videos of guys pulling up into them. At any rate, there can't be more than a very few people, besides Gill, who can do 'em.
Jello

Social climber
No Ut
Oct 30, 2009 - 12:12pm PT
CLASSIC!!! Think Gill could be the top man of three in that one-arm front lever? Now that would be something...

-LaughingJello
couchmaster

climber
pdx
Oct 30, 2009 - 12:30pm PT
I had not yet gotten over the greatness of your Eye of the Needle first ascent story you had posted when I hit this one. Rich, you must have hundreds of these!!! Love to see them.

Great stuff!
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Oct 30, 2009 - 02:03pm PT
Straight out of a cartoon, the image of three guys with Kevin on the bottom thud-thud-thudding down the stairs. Amazing that no damage was done!

Good story to look back on. Reminds me of that recent TV reality show where guys did stunts their moms could have told them not to try, what was its name?
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Oct 30, 2009 - 07:20pm PT
I have said this elsewhere but that kind of power in a man of Gill's size is simply awesome!
Curt

Boulder climber
Gilbert, AZ
Oct 30, 2009 - 07:35pm PT
Hey Rich,

Kevin could also do one.

Curt
rgold

Trad climber
Poughkeepsie, NY
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 30, 2009 - 07:47pm PT
Really Curt? I never saw it, and I spent quite a bit of time doing stupid tricks with Keven. But I'll certainly take your word for it; Kevin was very strong at iron crosses, and that lateral levering strength is a necessary component for the one-arm front lever.

While looking (in vain) on the web for evidence that anyone else can hold a one-arm front lever, I did come across a feat of strength beyond anything I saw Gill do: the one-arm rope climb.

http://www.drillsandskills.com/video/onearmrope.mpg
Curt

Boulder climber
Gilbert, AZ
Oct 30, 2009 - 07:57pm PT
Rich,

I don't know if you ever visited Kevin and Barb while they were in Custer, but he had a 4x4 cantilevered from his counter top, from which Mark Jacobs and I both saw Kevin hold a one-arm front lever. Very impressive--although Gill's front lever (Gill being about 9 inches taller) was probably even more impressive.

Curt
rgold

Trad climber
Poughkeepsie, NY
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 25, 2009 - 08:15am PT
Moving from the sublime to the ridiculous, this shot of me doing a straddle front lever, provides mute commentary, compared to the perfection of the earlier Gill photos, on the ravages of time.


Photo: Steve Molis

My excuse for the far less than ideal form and the straddle leg position is that the shot was taken yesterday on my 66th birthday and I'm lucky not to be spending my time in more or less the same position six feet under.
Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Nov 25, 2009 - 12:28pm PT
Okay Pilgrims, just back from the Punishop wars:

http://supertopo.com/climbers-forum/1021044/THE_FAMED_McGOLDBEIN_TRIPLE_LEVEL_RE-ENACTED
Fritz

Trad climber
Hagerman, ID
Nov 25, 2009 - 04:41pm PT
Rgold: Thank you for the story. I am sure there might have been injuries on the trip down the basement stairs if you all had not been "loosened up" by some drinking.

And Peter: Thank you for helping me in my "visualization."

Can't wait to have a drink or two and go outside to my "pull-up" tree limb and see if I can still do one. Last time I did was 1983-----never seemed hard then.
madbolter1

Big Wall climber
Walla Walla, WA
Nov 25, 2009 - 05:10pm PT
I popped my navel inside-out laughing. Good show!
jstan

climber
Nov 25, 2009 - 05:30pm PT
Now for a shock folks. Better sit down for this.

Writing is the activity for which Goldstone has the least native talent. Everything else he does leaves his writing in the dust.

I had to put that in my pipe and smoke it forty years ago. Try it. You'll like it.
GBrown

Trad climber
North Hollywood, California
Nov 26, 2009 - 12:00am PT
Rich (a) Happy fracking Birthday fer cryin' out loud!!! (b) Much thanks for this thread. Slapstick is always funniest when set in diamonds.
Reilly

Mountain climber
Monrovia, CA
Nov 26, 2009 - 12:08am PT
rocket sled
doh! :-)
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