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Rock Climbing Photo: Werner Braun running it out on Astroman (5.11c), Y...
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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 Overhang
From: ...
Mar 30, 2011
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
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: Fort Collins, CO
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 suchoski
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 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 Steven Joseph
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
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 Overhang
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.
By Russ Walling
Feb 13, 2015
This pic just came up on my "feed" and once again I'll say it reeks of irresponsibility and total disregard for safety. Not only is he old and prone to strokes or colitis or something, but he is skipping bolts too!!!! Nothing like a low-T macho man to endanger the inevitable rescuers with his antics.
By Kevin DB
Apr 12, 2015
He could have a stroke on the ground. Better not go for a hike with him either. In fact it's probably best just to stay at home in case people out and about start having strokes all over the place.
By Aaron Livingston
From: Moab, UT
Aug 7, 2015
Jesus Christ, you're climbing in the mountains. The name of the game is speed and efficiency. Placing pro/cleaning pro takes time and can cause rope drag in some situations. So don't place if you don't need to. It's not reckless its just a matter of having the line wired! I'm sure his belayer was psyched to be there and whether or not you approve of his style is meaningless. You can go climb with your partners and plug a piece every 2 feet in case you have a heart attack the next time you see someone 4 feet above a nut placement and still climbing. You will be passed up by everybody who actually feels like MOVING up the route. Where are all the name callers saying that Earl Wiggins was an irresponsible snob for placing 2-3 HEXES on P1 of SUPERCRACK? (Crickets).............
By tresa black
Oct 19, 2016
This is an old photo. I think people that have met Werner can attest to the fact that he is an amazing climber. Not only is he humble and good natured, but he is also a badass who does not deserve the negative comments from some bratty twits who should aspire to be a fraction of the climber he is.
By King Tut
From: Citrus Heights
Nov 20, 2016
dupid werner and dose dupid thin hands for hax. :P
By donald perry
From: New Jersey
Dec 22, 2016
I see what leading it looks like here, but How do you catch a leader fall on that with a grigri if it is on your harness? I think if you use a figure 8 with gloves it would not be OK, as long as (on a more vertical climb like that) he does not land on top of you first.

Or he could just be a nice guy and put in some pro, he is carrying too much gear anyway. A lot of these guys make it to the top of this or that and show 100 photos of themselves and hardly even mention their belayer. In this case he or she appears to be expendable?

No, there is a nut right over her head, Okay!
By Jason Todd
From: Cody, WY
Mar 24, 2017
Look at the size of that chalkbag! Must be a boulderer or somethin'.
By John RB
From: Superior, CO
Aug 15, 2017
I love how people say shit like they know what they're talking about.

Werner never soloed Astroman. Croft did it first, then Dean, then Alex. Werner may have rope soloed it (a lot of people have), but never free solo.

Werner has probably climbed Astroman more than 50 times and the odds of him falling on the enduro pitch (pictured here) are essentially zero.
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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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