Respect.Here in Ukraine we have some stout old climbers too. Last time I saw some, they were five from Sevastopol training for speed climbing at veterans contest. On 7a+ routes. They said it is easy enough so they can run up it fast enough, and indeed they did. Last time I heard about some others I know in person, they were climbing [USSR] 5b F6c+ A2+ route on the middle of Sokol wall in Sudak, Crimea. One 60+ y.o woman I know from Kyiv was leading it. On overhanging section where ppl tend to aid solely, she free-climbed with occasional aid move. I believe it was http://www.mountain.ru/article/article_display1.php?article_id=1930
explanations of that route (the route is titled "Scent of a Woman"):/ tree-waymarkScent is here ->> difficult slab climbing/- live slab, don't touch!<- world class lie-back crack climbing<- the pro is bad (careful, take good care of yourself)(old bolts from "comma")horisontal shrub ->aid A2+(yeah you have to climb through THAT:)) (means: 10 meters w/o solid pro)don't be afraid ->_/ sh!t here :-)
Yeah, it's true about old Ukrainian climbers. I'm really wondering if I would be able to do that in their age (if I would reach one)
As a guy that got started climbing later in life(44 YO) I find Becky to be an incredible inspiration.Go get 'em, Fred!!
Yes, nice to know we still have some time to "kill" isn't it :)
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