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dynosore


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OK, if I see one more thread praising whoever's on the cover of R&I 3 of the last 12 months I'm going to puke. I've never been impressed by people who are really good at one thing but don't do much else. What climbers have inspired you as a human being, not just as a climber? My list:

Anatoli Boukreev-risked his life to save OTHER teams' members on Everest, soloed Lhotse nonstop (!) -The Climb is a must read book.

Ricardo Cassin-first ascents, war hero, equipment designer

Bradford Washburn-master photographer, Alaskan ascents, awesome career and devoted husband

Tomaz Humar-unbelievable climbs, yet humble

Thoughts?


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Craig Luebben.


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Chris Sharma. He does all three types of climbing. Sport, bouldering, and DWS are all under his divine command!


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Chouinard.

Stannard.

Steck.

Barnes.

Miwok.

MacNamara.

Stumps.

The Utah Lowes. Pretty much all of them.

DMT


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johnwesely wrote:
Chris Sharma. He does all three types of climbing. Sport, bouldering, and DWS are all under his divine command!

please stop posting on this forum.


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HAHA he asked nicely John


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mr.tastycakes wrote:
johnwesely wrote:
Chris Sharma. He does all three types of climbing. Sport, bouldering, and DWS are all under his divine command!

please stop posting on this forum.

Ha! There is that one trad video in Zion and Clark mountain is an "high altitude" location.

There you go. Now all he needs is an airplane to hang out of and snap photos, and a couple museums and he will have Washburn beat.


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Messner was always an animal!! My favorite by far


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dynosore wrote:
OK, if I see one more thread praising whoever's on the cover of R&I 3 of the last 12 months I'm going to puke. I've never been impressed by people who are really good at one thing but don't do much else. What climbers have inspired you as a human being, not just as a climber? My list:

Anatoli Boukreev-risked his life to save OTHER teams' members on Everest, soloed Lhotse nonstop (!) -The Climb is a must read book.

Ricardo Cassin-first ascents, war hero, equipment designer

Bradford Washburn-master photographer, Alaskan ascents, awesome career and devoted husband

Tomaz Humar-unbelievable climbs, yet humble

Thoughts?

Haha, this is probably about my thread. I have to agree though, that this is probably a much more interesting discussion.

One climber that I admire as a person is John Gill. I saw John give a slideshow in Aspen in June, and I thought he was very intelligent and interesting. More so than a slideshow, he gave a lecture, which is fitting of him being that he was a college professor.

While he was putting up some of the hardest problems in the world, he still found time to get a PhD in classical complex analysis.

When I heard him lecture on the history of bouldering in Aspen, I said to myself that, climbing aside, if I can be in as good of shape mentally when I'm 72 as he is, I will be happy.


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Whoops, sorry I misread the title and thought it said "Round Climber Thread".

My bad, carry on. I'll just sit here in the corner and eat some cheese.


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Gabe Walker - Selfless guide, linguist, cave climber, ice diver, tyrolean traverser and expert girlfriend dropper.


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Jim Donini
John Roskelly
Alex Lowe
Catherine Destivel

Lots of em out there


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kachoong wrote:
Gabe Walker - Selfless guide, linguist, cave climber, ice diver, tyrolean traverser and expert girlfriend dropper.

Also, a profligate bolter and inventor of the Bolt-o-Matic 9000.


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kachoong wrote:
Gabe Walker - Selfless guide, linguist, cave climber, ice diver, tyrolean traverser and expert girlfriend dropper.

It wasn't his girlfriend, so it wasn't his responsibility.


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I have to say, anytime I run into a climber who absolutely crushes, at whatever their discipline, that I haven't heard of and doesn't just spray you down? I am pretty impressed. I've climbed with a bunch of those folks too, very fun.

Heh, I had a great time climbing with the Miwok too, right up until the giardia hit me.Crazy


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gmggg wrote:
mr.tastycakes wrote:
johnwesely wrote:
Chris Sharma. He does all three types of climbing. Sport, bouldering, and DWS are all under his divine command!

please stop posting on this forum.

Ha! There is that one trad video in Zion and Clark mountain is an "high altitude" location.

There you go. Now all he needs is an airplane to hang out of and snap photos, and a couple museums and he will have Washburn beat.

He has to live to be at least 97 too.....another great read is the account of his first ascent of Mt. Lucania, those guys were hard core!


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Lynn Hill- most beautiful, sexy, strong willed, stubborn ass, graceful, down to earth, rad hippie earth momma climber on the planet. I pretend I am Lynn Hill when I climb.

I am envious every time I see a Sherpa. I want to live in the Himalayas and roll out of bed and lug some rich pansy's crap up Everest while I'm smoking a cigarette too.


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Ed Viesturs, Read No Shortcuts To The Top, great book

(I'll probably get a flamethrower in my face for this one) Bear Grylls, read The Kid Who Climbed Everest and it might change your opinion on him.


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LoneWolf1986 wrote:
Ed Viesturs, Read No Shortcuts To The Top, great book

(I'll probably get a flamethrower in my face for this one) Bear Grylls, read The Kid Who Climbed Everest and it might change your opinion on him.

Well, Grylls did spill his pee bottle in his sleeping bag and slept in it at camp in the Western Cwm... I'd say that's badass!


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kachoong wrote:
LoneWolf1986 wrote:
Ed Viesturs, Read No Shortcuts To The Top, great book

(I'll probably get a flamethrower in my face for this one) Bear Grylls, read The Kid Who Climbed Everest and it might change your opinion on him.

Well, Grylls did spill his pee bottle in his sleeping bag and slept in it at camp in the Western Cwm... I'd say that's badass!

He sure did, hey, at least it was warm for a little while. Wink


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Lots of good ones here already. I'd add Hans Kraus and Fritz Wiessner.

GO


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Paul Rose, Bill Lim, Kenny Low, Carey Zumpano, Brad Young, Zoe Bundros, the Rose Bros, Richard Bush, Aarin Dilbeck, Jeff "Yards" Gilbert, Rob Behrens and the Crud 'N Mud gang. Celine and Eric from Squish, BC.

Liam Halsey and Crazy-hair Pete, who cruised reg route on half-dome and the nose two summers back. Pete is a below the knee amputee with prosthetic leg.

Andy Kirkpatrick and that Scottish dude. They have taken multiple paraplegic people up the Captain. And Andy is the funniest guy you'll ever meet.

Countless, countless people with exceptional talents, many of whom you've never heard of...

and of course the heros of yesterday and today who redefine what is possible.


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dynosore wrote:
What climbers have inspired you as a human being, not just as a climber?

It's more likely that I am inspired by classic climber's stories/epics than I am the person that they are, since it's rare to meet them in person to really get to know them. I have been inspired by stories of Whillans, Tackle, Cassin, the Lowes, Bonnati and Messner (and others) and in some instances, depending on the author, their great character has colored the pages I read. I'm sure many of the greats are (or were) fantastic people at the forefront of their game and at the same time inspiring ambassadors...it really would be nice to have the chance to know them all. I have been fortunate enough to meet a few inspiring well-known climbers and each of them were in their own way remarkable people.

Growing up and in the early days of my own climbing it was more about the stories of epic climbs and first ascents that fuelled my inspiration. Also, it was the local hardmen who weren't neccessarily known world-wide but who were a great influence on my progression and aspirations, mainly because they were local... familiar... I had met some of them and knew that it was possible to strive for similar goals.


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Ned Crossley; who taught people how to climb and ski and a whole bunch of other things for more years than I've had hair on my nuts in a place where personal freedoms and adventure are always secondary to the organizational goals.


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Galen Rowell, who was a kick-ass photographer on top of being a kick-ass climber.

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