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Re: Your Finest Solo
« Reply #45 on: March 26, 2013, 05:58:39 PM »
Fuck all of you-- you have to see in person... i'm going down there thursday.. MAYBE she will pose for a good tip.. i don't want any heart attacks from you old fuckers

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Re: Your Finest Solo
« Reply #46 on: March 26, 2013, 08:58:32 PM »
I'm havin palpitations already.

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Re: Your Finest Solo
« Reply #47 on: March 26, 2013, 11:15:46 PM »
John is such a tease, worse than this cute bartender of his!

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Re: Your Finest Solo
« Reply #48 on: March 27, 2013, 08:40:52 AM »
Elephants Head Gully the first day climbing with those old blue Salomon boots that really changed "movement over ice." At least for me at the time. Bloodline and Duofold at Newfound. Pinnacle Gully. Skyladder route on Mt Andromeda. Never really felt comfortable soloing rock except easy stuff in a alpine setting - real easy stuff. The only rock solo I can think I actually did was Pete's Tree, a 5.4 on the lower slabs at Pawtuckaway (could be completely wrong on the name). Totally gripped at the time.

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Re: Your Finest Solo
« Reply #49 on: March 28, 2013, 07:25:42 AM »
A memorable solo I did was the Cain Route on the Bugaboo Spire. I couldn't seem to find a way around the giant gendarme to the left- a 5.6 VERY airy slab. So I opted for the right side which is a dead vertical (if not slightly overhanging) 5.8 fist jam crack. Although harder, it just felt more secure.

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Re: Your Finest Solo
« Reply #50 on: March 28, 2013, 10:37:56 AM »
The Kain route was probably my best solo, too, though inadvertent. Mark was carrying a rope, but every time my sphincter puckered up he was too far ahead to call for a TR! Bastard.
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Re: Your Finest Solo
« Reply #51 on: March 29, 2013, 07:40:30 AM »
I seem to have done harder free solo's in my later years, but I was proud of my on sight solo of Yellow Ridge, back in 1966.

Although not technically too hard, soloing Mt.Blanc, from the valley of Chamonix, in February, back in 1971, was quite an effort, and pretty crazy.

I had one of my best days in the mountains last summer, soloing the Upper Exum, on the Grand Teton, car to car in 10 hours, at the ripe age of 66, arthritis and all.


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Re: Your Finest Solo
« Reply #52 on: March 29, 2013, 08:33:28 AM »
I soloed the Upper Exum years ago. Ten hours car to car is very respectable. And you're obviously 66 years young Steve.

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Re: Your Finest Solo
« Reply #53 on: March 29, 2013, 09:34:04 AM »
I had one of my best days in the mountains last summer, soloing the Upper Exum, on the Grand Teton, car to car in 10 hours, at the ripe age of 66, arthritis and all.

Way beyond respectable....you are a machine!! now when are you taking me out the Winds???
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Re: Your Finest Solo
« Reply #54 on: March 29, 2013, 10:49:01 AM »
remember the Llamas to carry your booze

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Re: Your Finest Solo
« Reply #55 on: March 29, 2013, 12:04:54 PM »
remember the Llamas to carry your booze

lol...good call!  ;)
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Re: Your Finest Solo
« Reply #56 on: March 29, 2013, 03:48:14 PM »
Unfortunately, I tend to spray/brag, unlike a few great climbers I know, who are extremely humble.

I know most guys would put down their "hardest" solo, but strange as it is, I did a better job after 50 years old.

At 55, I soloed Cro-Magnon, at Crow Hill, but it really isn't that impressive, since I already had done the route close to 1000
times.

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Re: Your Finest Solo
« Reply #57 on: March 29, 2013, 06:35:01 PM »
Not to bad SA-- for an old guy  :)  Cro is really 10+ ??  I met Eric and Al Rubin there when I was just a pup.  Niland soloing Jane BITD is still awesome

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Re: Your Finest Solo
« Reply #58 on: March 29, 2013, 06:41:54 PM »
I think Cro is harder than Jane :)
Especially after one gets all the secret Beta for Jane from Eric (who must have climbed it at least 1000 times).

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Re: Your Finest Solo
« Reply #59 on: March 29, 2013, 06:51:50 PM »
Maybe-- i have lead Cro, clean ONCE and jane,, semi clean ONCE.. fuckers.Jane is way  harder than Airation  ,, 2 letters