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By Old and Busted
From Centennial, CO
Nov 5, 2011
Stabby

Sam Lightner, Jr. wrote:
Petro. He could kick the shit our over every climber on this list even if they ganged up on him.

Every time I fail and want to blame my build, I think of him.


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By Phil Lauffen
From The Bubble
Nov 5, 2011
RMNP skiing. Photo by Nodin de Saillan

Josh Olson wrote:
Had the privilege to belay Nick Rhoads send a super impressive route,


That would be the greatest day of my life.


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By Evan Sanders
From Westminster, CO
Nov 5, 2011
Flaming Pumpkin

Without a doubt Ueli Steck


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By GMBurns
Nov 5, 2011
Climbing at Morro Anhangava in Southern Brasil. <br /> <br />(photo by Isa Vellozo)

I don't try to climb like any of the great climbers, but over the years I'd have to say Lynn Hill and Tommy Caldwell both inspired me to see things from a different perspective.


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By Jim Reynolds
Nov 5, 2011
THe Knows of Al Kepiten

Where is Royal Robbins in this discussion? "Its not about what you climb, its how you climb it"

The man invented style


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By Tanner Wise
Nov 5, 2011
12b at turtle wall, st.george

I've always been inspired by Ron Kauk. he seems like just an ultimate all around climber. He's done it all. His footwork always seems so precise and he makes everything look so effortless. Also Steph Davis is great, who wouldn't love to be that proficient at crack climbing?


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By Andy Hansen
From Longmont, Colorado
Nov 5, 2011
Intruder, 5.11+. Zion National Park. Photo: Matt Kuehl

Sonnie Trotter and Jim Erickson.


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By Colonel Mustard
From Reno, NV
Nov 5, 2011
Colonel Mustard

My earlier point was that who we admire and what we climb like are probably very different things... I do buy into the Honnold hype though. Reardon's irreverent attitude earned its detractors but he knew what climbing was about. The control of Croft, Bachar and the aforementioned are mind blowing, pure and simple. I also like the Robbins edict to rise to the challenge of the climb. Of course, I usually fall far short of the standards they represented... My own personal style has been gutting it out with the occasional moments of technical mastery. But, mostly, just yoking up the oxen and refusing to fall.


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By budman
From Moab,UT
Nov 5, 2011
LCC

Tom Gilje


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By Hank Caylor
Administrator
From Golden, CO
Nov 5, 2011
Lone goat..

The Larry wrote:
Skip Guerin "Tough Feet"


another vote for Skip. hard partying, superstrong, underrated and always under the radar. sooooo strong back in the day, and for a long time.

edit- thanks Josh, I'm the most phsyched person about me and what I'm doing I've ever met!


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By Drew McWilson
Nov 6, 2011
no hands ledge

Conrad Anker and Peter Croft- for their awesome attitudes, Tommy Caldwell, Steph Davis, Dave Macleod, and Sonnie Trotter- because they push their limits


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By Steve Sangdahl
From eldo sprngs,co
Nov 6, 2011

JOHN BACHER.


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By Addison
From Boulder, CO
Nov 6, 2011
me at eldo

Royal Robbins, Peter Croft, Yvon Chouinard


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By ChrisJoosse
Nov 6, 2011
on Pack Animal Direct

I dunno, I seem to draw a lot more inspiration from whoever I'm climbing with than I do with anybody I've never met.

Nothing but props to the pros who climb hard, and nothing but admiration for the guys like Fred Beckey who pioneered so much, but I think the most inspiring thing I saw this year was my friend leading a 5.8 pitch on gear, really scared at a cruxy bit, pull it through. Goddamned if that wasn't a profile in courage.


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By Hansel
From Boulder, CO
Nov 6, 2011
My ride

Okiegirl

Okiegirl
Okiegirl


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By tbol
Nov 6, 2011
Climbing Left Tuning Fork on Torrey's before a classic spring descent

Too many to name...

Derek Hersey, Layton Kor, Bob Horan, Kelly Cordes, Harry Kent, Douglas Snively, Craig Lueben, EVD... Basically all the awesome Colorado guys! And guys like Paul Glover and Matt Sammet terrin' it up in the Flatirons.


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By Russ Walling
From www.FishProducts.com
Nov 7, 2011
Russ

Hank Caylor


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By Zach Cole
From Edwards, Colorado
Nov 7, 2011

Mark Twight


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By Peter Stokes
From Them Thar Hills
Nov 7, 2011
Wall Street, Moab, UT

Jim Erickson, Jim Garber, Eric Aldrich, Roger Briggs, Brett Ruckman, Sarah Watson, Bob Siegrist and his son Jonathan are some people I know who inspire me... some people I don't know who inspire me include Beth Rodden, Tommy Caldwell, Paige Claassen, Steve Hong and Emily Harrington. They all have very different styles and specialties, so the inspiration I draw varies, from the types of projects they pick to certain movements I think are cool and/or think I might be able to use myself at some point. Oh, and (almost forgot) Chris Bonnington.


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By Hamlet73
From Boulder, CO
Nov 7, 2011
pic taken in J-tree

Lynn Hill - because she could see beyond what was considered possible and free the Nose.


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By YDPL8S
From Santa Monica, Ca.
Nov 7, 2011
Korea 1 1975

I don't think there is much more of an inspiring story than Mr. Scott coming off of the Ogre with 2 broken legs!

Doug Scott
Doug Scott


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By Sir Wanksalot
From County Jail
Nov 7, 2011

YDPL8S wrote:
I don't think there is much more of an inspiring story than Mr. Scott coming off of the Ogre with 2 broken legs!


Joe Simpson.


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By Mike Anderson
From Dayton, OH
Nov 7, 2011

Great thread!

Alan Watts - inspired me to pursue sport climbing a an end in itself, as well as the value of the first ascent

Jeff Lowe, Todd Skinner, Paul Piana, Rob Miller - taught me that the style of ascent matters (to you at least)

Dale Goddard & Tony Yaniro - Made me believe that I didn't have to settle for my present level of ability, and got me started learning how to train.

Doug Robinson, Eric Perlman, et al - for making those great climbing films, "moving over stone" and "masters of stone"...a corny as they are now, those were my bible when I started out.

My brother Mark - Many people on here know he is one of the most dedicated and hardest-working climbers out there, but he also inspires me with his integrity. He absolutely does not exaggerate about his accomplishments, and more specifically, he doesn't seek out soft routes to pad his resume, in fact he seeks out the hardest routes that have a strong pedigree. He is not afraid to fail on a route. Few climbers at his level have the self confidence and lack of ego to do that.


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By Jon O'Brien
From Nevada
Nov 7, 2011

dave graham is a piece of sh*t for his "girl talk" incident at rifle... what an embarrassment to american climbers in the world theater, americans should look out for americans: very george w. bush in terms of worldwide shame...


tommy caldwell is the best, all-around climber on the planet earth!



jon


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By Darren Mabe
From Flagstaff, AZ
Nov 7, 2011
wham bam hand jam. Wrapping up the final moves of Twist of Fate, Oak Creek Canyon. <br /> <br />photo: Blake McCord

Mike Anderson wrote:
My brother Mark

+1

for both you guys. especially that you both work full-time and are daddies. That is more inspiring than any pro.


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