Apr 7, 2018 - 3:04 PM
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I find this type of adventure amazing to watch and admire their ambition. But even in my younger days I was not much of a risk taker. While not afraid of heights, I was never tempted to skydive or bungie jump. My daughter has done both.
Have you ever been exposed to the rock climber's culture?They sort of live in a world of their own, like surfers.Twice I have talked to them at some length. First at the base of El Capitan where they would watch each other climb for literally days. More recently near Fitzroy, I spent an evening with someone who had recently climbed Fitzroy (I believe its twice the height of El Capitan).Their life consists of climbing and waiting to climb. Recently 2 people did a free ascent (safety ropes but didn't use them to climb)of El Capitan. Even more amazing someone did a free solo ascent of El Capitan (no ropes at all) INSANE!
My relatively tame glacier hike with crampons and safety harness at Aiguille du Midi near Mt Blanc was adventure enough for me. see photo mark