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Anonymous climber preparing for the worst.   An example of a fall from the top of this exceptional climb.  Photo by Kryz Gorny

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By patrickmprice
Dec 2, 2008

So the climber in the absurdly distinct green shirt from the previous two photos "Isaac" looks like he is about to do a face plant into the wall and quickly become known as "Anonymous".
Ouch!

By Isaac Therneau
From: Rochester, MN
Dec 3, 2008

I categorically deny all accusations that I am the imbecile in this picture.

By Darin Limvere
Dec 3, 2008

Eh, still gotta give some cred... Way to put it on the line man!

By patrickmprice
Dec 3, 2008

Imbecile? No. You tried. Glad to see you are still here posting comments. I agree with Darin. The pic is awesome and it put your efforts into perspective. Go for the RP!

By Kris Gorny
Administrator
Dec 3, 2008

I don't think it's Isaac! It is clearly an imposter who decided to tarnish Isaac's impeccable climbing reputation by dressing up like him and diving off the cliff with a rope between his legs.

By Tradoholic
Dec 3, 2008

Whoa! How did that end up for ya?

By Chris treggE
Administrator
From: Madison, WI
Dec 3, 2008

Good thing you had a helme.... errr... Stocking cap on.

Isaac, we all know you're an imbecile, but it has nothing to do with this photo! ;-) Good on you for trying.

By sweatpants
From: Broomfield, CO
Dec 3, 2008

it looks like you're going to rack your balls...

By Isaac Therneau
From: Rochester, MN
Dec 3, 2008

Hypothetically speaking if this was me, the fall would end in six stitches, and two chipped teeth. Thankfully the balls remained unscathed.

By Kris Gorny
Administrator
Dec 3, 2008

Thankfully... just in case though, should anybody stumble upon an unclaimed pair of balls underneath Son of a Great Chimney, please return them to the rightful owner :)

Kudos for trying, Isaac. I remember the route was wet and if you look closely at the pic, you can see it was snowing.

By Andrew May
From: Sandy, UT
Dec 5, 2008

Thats a pretty bad a$$ photo. Could you tell he was about to whip, hence the good shot?

By Kris Gorny
Administrator
Dec 5, 2008

After the loud "oh f@#k!" I knew he was going to fall but I didn't realize it was going to be THIS kind of a fall.

By Isaac Therneau
From: Rochester, MN
Dec 5, 2008

Yes, the crying out to God and repetitive use of "OH FU*@" did happen to give me away.

By patrickmprice
Dec 9, 2008

My interpretation...

Kris - 'Isaac, I know this is going to suck, but can you wrap your leg around the rope real quick for this shot? Isaac, quit crying out to God and do it! I am about to make you a star! Make sure you yell 'OH FU*@' instead of Cheese. Why does everyone around here say cheese for pictures anyway?'
Isaac - 'OH FU*@'and then whips...
Kris - 'NICE Isaac! Got it!' and then checks to see how the shot turned out.
Kris - 'Isaac.. That was awesome! Uhhh... Isaac? You OK?'

By Isaac Therneau
From: Rochester, MN
Dec 13, 2008

I categorically deny this false interpretation of the incident, as Kryz well knows my vengeful spirit would rise up from the grave to smite him. Sadly I can only attribute this to my own stupidity, stubbornness, and lack of control at a crucial moment. Only a fool makes the same mistake twice, and I hope to never make this one again.

By patrickmprice
Dec 15, 2008

The funny thing is, I think we have all seen Kris go to great lengths so that we can all be in awe over his cool picture taking skills. Though, these usually happen to be cool landscapes... Now he has moved on to hair raising action photos!
Isaac, I still commend you on your attempt. I remember a good 15 years back, taking some good whippers on a climb that people would say I was "not up to" or they would say that "I had a lack of good judgment".
Kris was always cool though. Never anything but encouragemnet with a splash of good sarcasm. and if I recall, Kris never sugar coats a climb. His beta always made me scared to even get on a climb!

By Sam Daley
From: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Sep 2, 2010

I rated this "Great" because of the conversation. Sorry about the fall, but thanks for the laugh!

By Ryan Strong
From: Golden, CO
Jun 19, 2011

wow how does this even happen!?

By Tradoholic
Sep 7, 2011

This pic was running through my head today as I pulled the final moves, quite the serious fall!

By Colin R
From: Ottawa, ON
Jun 12, 2012

Bored at work today but man this photo certainly perked me up again - holy shit that looks scary. Isaac I tip my hat to you - if it were me I'd probably never want to be reminded of this moment again but you seem to have a great attitude about it all and it all makes for quite an amusing story...

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Anonymous climber preparing for the worst. An example of a fall from the top of this exceptional climb. Photo by Kryz Gorny

Submitted By: Isaac Therneau on Nov 28, 2008
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Son Of Great Chimney (5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c PG13 )