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PostThu Sep 27, 2018 7:26 am 
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Insane and amazing

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PostThu Sep 27, 2018 11:53 am 
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Couldn't help noticing, and chuckling, that this morning's headline on abcnews.com puts El Cap in Yellowstone National Park.  At least the article was correct even though the headline wasn't.

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PostThu Sep 27, 2018 2:43 pm 
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Amazing is an over used word these days but Alex is an amazing climber. To have the where-with-all to control your self in such a situation, and then push through, takes something most of us only have a little of.

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PostThu Sep 27, 2018 5:15 pm 
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Schenk wrote:
...takes something most of us only have a little of.

"a little of"?  lol.gif

Not me! None!

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PostFri Sep 28, 2018 9:12 am 
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moonspots wrote:
Not me! None!

Amen! Me either!
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Ignorant armchair climber asks:

Am I not correct that the hardest parts of these climbs are rehearsed using pre=placed protection? Then, when conditions are just right the climbers link the moves no ropes/no pro?

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PostSat Sep 29, 2018 4:41 am 
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tmatlack wrote:
Ignorant armchair climber asks:

Am I not correct that the hardest parts of these climbs are rehearsed using pre=placed protection? Then, when conditions are just right the climbers link the moves no ropes/no pro?

Tom

As I recall from the book "The Push" by Tommy Caldwell, to complete a route means to do each section in sequence over whatever timeframe necessary to do so, but it's all (finally) done in one multi-pitch push. This may involve many attempts/successes for each of all pitches, but each one has to be completed solo.

I *think* that's correct. I really do like rock climbing, but I'm also at least 1/2 century past the "fearless age", so I'm on rope always, and have yet to lead except in the gym. And even that is on easy routes compared to "real" rock.

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PostMon Oct 08, 2018 10:40 am 
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I went to a presentation by Alex Honnold where he was talking about one of his previous major big wall free solos. He said they spent a lot of time practicing on rope and memorizing all the moves, as well as cleaning the route of loose dirt and debris. Then when he feels ready and the conditions looks good, he does it in one push.
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PostFri Oct 19, 2018 7:48 pm 
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I saw it the other evening - definitely one for the big screen, for maximum realism.  The cinematography was fabulous.  The film spends a fair bit of time capturing who Honnold is off the wall, provides some insights into what makes the guy tick, in more depth than interviews I've seen. But it's still a mystery what the attraction is to that much risk; has to be a combination of compulsion and denial.  I hope he quits free soloing while he's still alive.  I understand one of the last elder statesmen of free soloing (Jon Bachar) died while soloing a fairly "easy" route.

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PostTue Oct 23, 2018 4:50 pm 
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I just saw it. What an incredible film. Thereís this sense of dread all the way through it, which makes normal movies feel...inadequate. I think this was my favorite movie of the year.

I hope Alex Honnold quits while heís ahead.

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PostTue Oct 23, 2018 6:25 pm 
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IMAX or normal theater?
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PostTue Oct 23, 2018 6:57 pm 
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I saw it on a normal screen, but the bigger it is the better. Jimmy Chin and the rest of his (climbing) camera crew were great.

They spent a fair bit of time exploring the filming aspect of the movie and how it effected both Alex's thinking and that of his friends who were recording the climb on camera. That part also worked well, because it was an important component of the drama.

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PostTue Oct 23, 2018 7:12 pm 
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It wasn't shot in IMAX.  But definitely should be seen on the big screen...don't wait for video streaming!

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PostTue Oct 23, 2018 10:02 pm 
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Thanks, both of you.
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