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Dec 26, 2012
Mashers Tower
20 kN wrote:
sludge hammer


great name for a metal band
Cornelius Jefferson
Joined Apr 5, 2006
163 points
Dec 26, 2012
I'm not sure what he's been up to lately, but Josh Wharton is about at well rounded as anyone I've ever been around. Mountains, ice, rock, boulder, gyms. He pretty much excels in any environment. I don't think Sharma has ever even tried to do any serious mountaineering or high altitude rock climbing. Josh is bold at high altitude at a high grade.

I'm assuming this thread is about people who are alive. Otherwise it gets too unwieldy.
Russell Holcomb
From Boulder, Colorado
Joined Nov 12, 2007
17 points
Dec 26, 2012
Me and my Fetish I guess.. ;)
Smarty Ports/Shants wrote:
Or gay porn. Just sayin'.
So the end of days involves me learning that my Battlnet AND xbox live screen names would be good ghey pr0n names.. sigh. Meh, if that's as bad as it gets..
Daryl Allan
From Sierra Vista, AZ
Joined Sep 13, 2006
1,168 points
Dec 26, 2012
Surprised no has mentioned Bonatti, his n face rt in winter on the Matterhorn as example oh I forgot Solo will smith
From boulder
Joined Jan 16, 2008
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Dec 27, 2012
My cool Elly....
For me still Wolfgang Güllich, he was the first climbing 5.14d red point!!!! I think there are not more than 2 or 3 doing this up to now.....



red point includes clipping the quick draws!!!!!!!
Pitty
From Marbach
Joined Apr 27, 2011
68 points
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Dec 28, 2012
There's more than one use for an Ice Hammer. Lake ...
Chris Preston, he did the first ascent of Suicide Wall (5.10d R/X) in North Wales in 1947. So I would say that in 1947 he was the best climber in the world, and should factor in any running list of significant ascents.
Excellent picture here .
Chris Owen
From Big Bear Lake
Joined Jan 1, 2002
9,625 points
Dec 29, 2012
The best climber in the world is the one who goes has fun and gets back down.The easiest trad climb is better than any sport climb and Layton Kor needs to be in there. Kevinmurray
Joined Dec 20, 2012
5 points
Dec 29, 2012
after climbing brain freeze
Scott M. McNamara wrote:
It was Alex Lowe who said: The best climber in the world is the one that has the most fun. Alex Lowe


Indeed
Chacal
Joined Nov 17, 2010
213 points
Dec 29, 2012
OK, I agree, the "best climber" is you, ..... me, when I'm having a buttload of fun challenging myself, workin' my ass off, scared half-shitless, feeling confident, then pulling thru it! DAMN THAT IS IT! GeezerDan
From Golden, CO
Joined Jun 26, 2012
0 points
Jan 1, 2013
Roof romp
John McHugh wrote:
Ueli Steck?

I second this vote. dude is really a Machine.
Zach Pickard
From Riverside, California
Joined Oct 21, 2010
30 points
Alex was friggin' awesome, he walked up to repentance on cathedral ledge and led it in one pitch with a 400 foot rope.....bad ass
Jan 2, 2013
Cut! Sadly my flash attempt met with dismal pump-f...
JLP wrote:
I've always felt the Alex Lowe quote to be widely misinterpreted. Alex was very energetic and competitive. I take the quote to mean the better you get, the more fun you have. I certainly do not interpret it as you can be the "best", even though you're just a mediocre lump, who happens to have "fun" climbing. That meaning degrades Alex into sounding like a cheerleader at the special olympics.


I'm a big fan of this alternate meaning to the Lowe quote. The best reason to get better is that climbing becomes more fun. Moves are more interesting, more complex. You learn more about yourself as you break through plateaus. The way you see rock changes.
Rajiv Ayyangar
From Portland, ME
Joined Jun 22, 2010
234 points
Jan 2, 2013
You stay away from mah pig!
JLP wrote:
I've always felt the Alex Lowe quote to be widely misinterpreted. Alex was very energetic and competitive. I take the quote to mean the better you get, the more fun you have. I certainly do not interpret it as you can be the "best", even though you're just a mediocre lump, who happens to have "fun" climbing. That meaning degrades Alex into sounding like a cheerleader at the special olympics.


Fat gumbies everywhere are shitting their pants in rage.
camhead
From Vandalia, Appalachia
Joined Jun 27, 2006
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