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Which climber inspires you to climb the way you do?
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Nov 4, 2011
Sorry, it's a sign of the times... celebrity climbers and social media. But I think it's nice having role models or people who inspire you. So I'm curious who's on your radar.

Please keep it positive and rated PG since we're talking about real people (and they may run across this!) And no idol worshipping either! Don't want this to be a debate about climbers, it's just sharing your personal preference.

Past, present, or future. Famous or not. Know personally or not. As long as you share why!

Peter Croft. I get the sense it's really not about the grade or ego for him, he'd be fine just scrambling on a ridge with good friends.

Yuji Hirayama. There's a vid of him describing climbing like surfing, just riding the rock and not thinking too much.

I love both their versatility of climbing styles and their calm demeanors. They just seem like standup people who, despite their accomplishments, would be just as happy belaying a beginner.
Legion Lee
Joined Oct 13, 2010
0 points
Nov 4, 2011
I'd say Dave Graham. I've seen many videos of him climbing and just talking and the extent of his conversations is nuts. Also his motivation Scott Grover
Joined Aug 24, 2011
0 points
Nov 4, 2011
Loc Nguyen, because if he cant send 5.12 and v6 hes for damn sure gonna spray like he can.

Wait, did we say inspires?
Joined Aug 4, 2008
60 points
Nov 4, 2011
Since the first day I climbed in 1967: Jim Erickson. Ed Wright
Joined May 14, 2006
35 points
Nov 4, 2011
Definitely TC. Boulders V13, established some of the hardest sport in NA and destroys big wall now. Super inspiring to see him in Endo Valley this summer and then check him out on the Dawn Wall with Kevin Jorgeson in Reel Rock. Amazing climber.

Will Gadd on the ice side. Been doing it forever and has some wisdom to share.

BryanV Vernetson
From Fort Collins, CO
Joined Nov 14, 2008
0 points
Nov 4, 2011
Im going to go with Adam Ondra. Not because he's currently leading the way for new standards (onsights 14c on the reg, onsights 14b big walls, onsights v13, wins world cups, etc), but because of his epic wobblers. I've seen some serious tantrums in my day (try hanging out at the Project Wall in Rifle), thrown a few myself, nothing compares to his.

It seems like ever since Chris Sharma stepped onto the scene, throwing a wobbler just isnt cool anymore. I felt like the wobbler was a dying art until AO.

Thanks Adam, you're an inspiration to us all.
Ryan Palo
From Bend, oregon
Joined Aug 18, 2006
500 points
Nov 4, 2011
Basically any of the Yosemite pioneers from 60's, 70's, and 80's. The list is quite long. I've met very few of them in person, but whenever I see a route was FA'd by someone like Chuck Pratt or Dale Bard, it spikes my interest in climbing that route. Kind of like how a kid would collect trading cards of his favorite baseball heros... I like "collecting" routes that were FA'd by Yosemite legends.

The more modern "rock stars" like Caldwell or Honnold climb way too hard for me to ever repeat their FA's and FFA's.
Bryan G
From Yosemite
Joined Nov 17, 2007
4,863 points
Nov 4, 2011
Strangely enough it is Alex Honnold these days, but not because of the free solos. Even though he doesn't climb 14+ I am always amazed at how incredibly fluid and smooth he is on the rock.

It's often difficult to relate to someone climbing one of the latest cutting-edge Euro super-projects, but watching Honnold float up 5.13s is incredibly inspiring in its own way.
Peter Franzen
From Phoenix, AZ
Joined Jan 1, 2001
3,715 points
Nov 4, 2011
Didier Berthod, Todd Skinner and Sonnie Trotter. I know that two of them are out of the game, but they all do or did go out and push things to the limit on hard gear routes. Established new bold lines and were quick to step up and repeat those set before them. Right now Sonnie is working the Prophet with Will Stanhope (another great climber). Ian Cavanaugh
Joined Sep 6, 2010
575 points
Nov 4, 2011
Jonathan Siegrist, Ramon Julien Puigblanque, and Chris Sharma. All three of them climb with passion and aggression. Siegrist and Puigblanque are both shorter than the average climber and still crush it(I'm 5'6" with no ape index). Sharma for chasing some of the hardest redpoints in the world. koreo
From Denver, CO
Joined Aug 24, 2009
0 points
Nov 4, 2011
John Gaskins Rob Gordon
From Hollywood, CA
Joined Feb 2, 2009
80 points
Nov 4, 2011
Who inspires me to climb the way I do? I honestly probably climb more like the kid in socks and rental shoes at the gym. So, to you, pizza party kid, I salute you. Colonel Mustard
From Sacramento, CA
Joined Sep 13, 2005
1,055 points
Nov 4, 2011
+1 for Tommy Caldwell. He's a total nerd and an amazing climber with no ego. NickViator
From Denver, CO
Joined Dec 24, 2010
0 points
Nov 4, 2011
JasonT wrote:
Loc Nguyen, because if he cant send 5.12 and v6 hes for damn sure gonna spray like he can. Wait, did we say inspires?

Ha Ha, so true.
Jimmiy Dunn, a good friend. Every time he's over it really gets me wanting to better myself all the way around. He still trains everyday.
From ?
Joined Aug 26, 2008
120 points
Nov 4, 2011
Ed Wright wrote:
Since the first day I climbed in 1967: Jim Erickson.

SW Marlatt
From Arvada, CO
Joined Feb 8, 2006
25 points
Nov 4, 2011
honnold. S Denny
From Aspen, CO
Joined Sep 25, 2008
15 points
Nov 4, 2011
Warren Harding. He didnt care or worry about style. He just wanted to climb and have a few (OK a lot) strong drinks with his partners afterwards. erik wellborn
From manitou springs
Joined Apr 3, 2008
145 points
Nov 4, 2011
PETER CROFT. He seems so stoked on climbing, I also like what and where he chooses to climb. Crazy bold and endlessly persistent. Ralph Steel Dragon Dude
Joined Aug 23, 2011
35 points
Nov 4, 2011
This guy.
Rock Climbing Photo: This guy
This guy

Edited to add Jeff Stephens nails it. Four of my greatest climbing heros.
phil broscovak
Joined Apr 27, 2002
1,268 points
Nov 5, 2011
These four guys are OK climbers. They took on bold challenges. They made creative innovations. They had technical prowess and physical strength. They endured wild epics. They had positive attitudes. They explored wild places in good style. And they survived.

Jeff Stephens
From Carbondale, CO
Joined Sep 10, 2008
60 points
Nov 5, 2011
Peter croft on a bomber piece... "you could fall 100ft.... and it would not matter at all". Climb like him.
Abel Jones
From Boulder, CO
Joined Dec 24, 2010
155 points
Nov 5, 2011
Holy crap, that's a group to have a beer with.

Philo, every time I'm out in the hills at night on some epic, remembrance of your artwork keeps me warm on the inside.
Buff Johnson
Joined Dec 19, 2005
545 points
Nov 5, 2011
Matt Segal. Watching him climb Musta Been High on The Sharp End convinced me to push numbers on gear. Hank Caylor, too. Either really well portrayed in the media(including mp), or just one of the most psyched kinda guys.

Also, a lot of local guys get me stoked. Had the privilege to belay Nick Rhoads send a super impressive route, had Jack from the DLFA solo a route I was nervous about leading(peter's project), and Jay Knower really opened the door for my climbing career by bolting some excellent routes at a small crag in the middle of nowhere, and he has climbed 5.14. Just impressive stuff, gets me stoked.
Josh Olson
From Durango, CO
Joined Mar 7, 2010
260 points
Nov 5, 2011
I like climbing with this crafty guy on the right, Roland. Who doesn't like climbing with him?

You probably don't recognize this guy without the cowboy hat. He's known at Tarbuster on the Taco, aka. Roy.

Both of these guys know what the climbing is about obviously, but they know Other Things, too. I shitte you not.
From Colorado Springs, Colorado
Joined Jan 1, 2001
1,230 points
Nov 5, 2011
Warren Harding. He didnt care or worry about climbing style what ever it took getting up was his style of climbing. The Nose route showed his skills in not giving up when things went bad on a big wall. His love for climbing and living life his way. Ron Thompson
From Idlewild, CA
Joined Dec 13, 2009
120 points
Nov 5, 2011
Petro. He could kick the shit our over every climber on this list even if they ganged up on him. Sam Lightner, Jr.
From Lander, WY
Joined Apr 9, 2006
1,915 points

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