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Title: Article on Hugh Herr
Post by: MT on March 12, 2010, 12:56:30 PM
Came across this article the other day. Great to see how Hugh Herr turned such a tragic personal experience into something positive.

I guess it was the least he could do considering that anyone who whips off of Stage Fright is going to need one of his prosthetic limbs  ;D

Cheers,

Mike
Title: Re: Article on Hugh Herr
Post by: Admin Al on March 12, 2010, 01:02:16 PM
do you have a link?
Title: Re: Article on Hugh Herr
Post by: sneoh on March 12, 2010, 02:05:16 PM
Here's the link to one of many -
http://www.economist.com/science-technology/technology-quarterly/PrinterFriendly.cfm?story_id=15595541

I was lucky enough to be introduced to Hugh by a mutual friend years ago.  Back then, he was climbing semi-regularly while getting his doctorate degree at Harvard.  These days I do not think he climbs very much anymore.  We still cross paths occasionally; I saw and chatted with him a few months back at Metrorock.  Hugh is more into the fatherhood and responsible adult thing these days than risking life and limb on 5.12 R/X :)

Title: Re: Article on Hugh Herr
Post by: MT on March 12, 2010, 03:57:37 PM
Thanks Sneoh and sorry Al. Forgot to paste the link.

Title: Re: Article on Hugh Herr
Post by: strandman on March 16, 2010, 11:18:45 AM
AH the great Hugh !!! BITD he really wanted flash Supercrack in the Gunks and almost did, maybe '81 or so. Then the Mt Wash shit.... and Albert gone....
oh well ya'll try Stage Fright some time, I would suggest a tr.

As jimmy Surette once said " it's about as hard as Genesis (the CO classic 12+), but without the bolt. There's just nothing"
Title: Re: Article on Hugh Herr
Post by: sneoh on March 16, 2010, 12:45:31 PM
As jimmy Surette once said " ... There's just nothing"

Yes, it is amazingly blank.  It felt utterly impossible to me, even before the crux.

I heard that Scott Franklin flashed it on lead, placing gear along the way.
Any truth to that?  If so, freaking incredible feat.


Title: Re: Article on Hugh Herr
Post by: strandman on March 16, 2010, 12:52:58 PM
I don't think so. I'm pretty sure that Scott pre-placed gear, but not positive. I'm not sure the route has had an on-sight.