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Werner Braun running it out on Astroman (5.11c), Yosemite Valley. Photo by Charles Cole.
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By Jay Eggleston
From: Denver
Dec 11, 2009
Wow! That is a bit of a runout.
By Guy H.
From: Fort Collins CO
Dec 12, 2009
I feel sorry for his belayer... Why not free solo the thing?
By Phil Lauffen
From: The Bubble
Nov 30, 2010
Protection eez what you put in ze wife, yes?
By Kurt Prond
From: Bozeman, MT
Mar 29, 2011
I agree, I feel bad for the belayer. I wouldn't climb with someone who did that.
By adam brink
From: Boulder, CO
Mar 30, 2011
I wouldn't worry too much about the belayer. I think Werner is pretty solid on Astroman.
By Osprey
From: ...
Mar 30, 2011
Dude, R U KIDDING ME!
Werner wasn't known as Mr. Astroman for nothing. It would be an honor to rope up with the guy on this route.
By Guy H.
From: Fort Collins CO
Mar 30, 2011
Clipping the anchor and then running out 40ft for a photo op is poor form. I'm sure he has the route wired, but that is not the point.
By Russ Walling
From: www.FishProducts.com
Mar 30, 2011
^^^^^

Right on. The dude is reckless and just showing off. Total BS. I would never climb with anyone that thinks being super solid and running it way out is cool. It's not people. Someone is going to get hurt or worse! I sure hope that belayer is using a tiblock or something.
By J. Albers
From: Colorado
Mar 30, 2011
A tibloc (chuckle). Seems like a fair solution.
By Chris I
From: Fresno, CA
Apr 26, 2011
Just one piece could keep you and your partner from having a very bad day!
By snowhazed
From: Oakland, Ca
Oct 10, 2011
What a bunch of pansies on this site- its all hands to there
By Salamanizer
Administrator
From: Vacaville Ca.
Oct 10, 2011
It's all hands after there too! Pansies = yes.
But Russ is right, that Werner guy is still an asshole;)
By Rob Dillon
Oct 29, 2011
There oughta be a law! This picture is the height of irresponsibility and should be taken down. I sure hope that belayer is certified- can't see her card from this angle.
By darryl banks
Jan 1, 2012
do u guys know who werner braun is? he soloed this every mornin for 15 yrs in his peak
By FrankPS
From: Atascadero, CA
Jan 1, 2012
Every day for 15 years? I want proof of that dubious claim! :)
By Kurt Prond
From: Bozeman, MT
Jan 17, 2012
Jesus. Why does everybody have to get angry? I was just making an observation. Kudos to the man for free soloing Astroman a lot. He could still make a mistake and die. As for everyone else, chill out for crying out loud, it doesn't matter.
By Marty Garrison
Apr 8, 2012
It's quite a run out but the truth is the climbing is rock solid to that point. The stem is the rest before the real business begins. I always tried to get a rest there before venturing off into a couple of inch and a quarter moves then fall into the lay back for ten or fifteen feet. I did however always plug a couple of 2.5" friends in that lower section!
By dice magee
Sep 26, 2012
what the heck is the point of having all that gear if you aint gunna use it... gunna get killed being stupid.. get a cramp hope you can set a solid piece
By Russ Walling
From: www.FishProducts.com
Sep 26, 2012
Yeah, and he is an older guy too. What if he strokes out or has a seizure or something?? What then? The old guy will probably die and the belayer will need a rescue. Bad deal all the way around. PUT IN SOME PRO MAN!!!
By Osprey
From: ...
Oct 15, 2012
Werner talks about the photo
By Kevin DB
Mar 26, 2013
C'mon. What if he has a seizure? If you spend your time worrying about these things, maybe you should take up badminton or something.
By Paul Davidson
May 30, 2013
^
another fish caught, hook line and sinker

Man, I'd never tie in a with a guy like Werner.
Too many years of climbing, too many years of YOSAR,
he might turn the epics into afternoon strolls.
In fact, there's the proof in the pic

(really, do you nay sayers really not know who Werner is ????)
By Doug Meneke
Mar 18, 2014
I would NEVER climb with him because he could have a heart attack and make me die and he has high cholesterol in his family tree and his tree is infected with beetles and will probably die since he climbed without drilling new bolts every 3 feet which he probably is not certified to do which will enrage certain PANSIES on this site because only THEY know the right way to do things without a run-on sentence. Maybe you should all tell him to LEARN HOW TO CLIMB!!! I'm sure we will all respect your opinion much more than we do now.
By Nic the brit
Aug 6, 2014
Great photo. Awesome dude by the sounds of it. I'm all for free soloing but even if I did a route which i had soloed before with a rope on I would some gear in like maybe at some part of the climb I thought was weird or didn't like. Mostly to keep my second happy, I think it's different when there is someone below you holding the rope because unlike soloing they are involved in the process but hey that's just me.
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Werner Braun running it out on Astroman (5.11c), Yosemite Valley. Photo by Charles Cole.

Submitted By: C Miller on Dec 11, 2009
On this route:
Astroman (5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a )
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