/ Freeing El Cap at 63 (almost)

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mountain.martin 08 Nov 2019
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HeMa 08 Nov 2019
In reply to mountain.martin:

Indeed... even more so, that he also was starting this thing in '79... And nearly did Salathé free already then (~200 feet or so, needed to be aided/french freed).


Some more interesting reads here:
https://rockandice.com/climbing-destinations/el-cap-free-timeline/

https://rockandice.com/snowball/finally-free-todd-skinner-and-paul-pianas-first-free-ascent-of-the-salathe-wall/

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Sean Kelly 08 Nov 2019
In reply to mountain.martin:

Great read. Hope for us 'old farts' yet!

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petemeads 08 Nov 2019
In reply to mountain.martin:

Indeed!

I just wonder why 63 is considered 'old' though - I did the winter comp at Climbing Station yesterday in the Veterans category, which apparently includes anyone over 45, but I am pretty sure that old starts at 70... I'm not old yet, despite doing the Salathe in 1978 (with all the aid).

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rgold 08 Nov 2019
In reply to petemeads:

At 76, I'm taking the position that "old" starts at 80, with the hope and prayer that further revision may be possible.  I have a few climbing partners in their early 80's, and can barely remember 63...

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ashtond6 09 Nov 2019
In reply to petemeads:

> Indeed!

> I just wonder why 63 is considered 'old' 

its not considered to be 'old' but it is considered to be old for climbing a 1000m 7c+

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Climbthatpitch 09 Nov 2019

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