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Postby ksolem » Thu Dec 03, 2009 5:03 pm

Lieberman survived a free soloing fall that makes that video look tame.

He recovered from serious injuries and climbs like a champ today.
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Postby Rob A » Thu Dec 03, 2009 6:51 pm

man i hate (most!) Pennsylvanians, if they aren't chipping and gluing holds or grid bolting choss, they pull stupid shit like this. I stick to the un-bolted semi-choss of Jersey when ever possible!
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Postby dan2see » Fri Dec 04, 2009 3:00 am

I have also posted my opinion on rc.com. But here I'll cut it shorter.

The was impulsive, the climb was impromtu. He didn't plan it, he just jumped on the rock and up he went. He had no reason to try the stunt.

Of all his weaknesses, all his shortcomings and mistakes, this one factor brands him as stupid.
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Postby Hotoven » Fri Dec 04, 2009 3:15 am

Rob A wrote:man i hate (most!) Pennsylvanians, if they aren't chipping and gluing holds or grid bolting choss, they pull stupid shit like this. I stick to the un-bolted semi-choss of Jersey when ever possible!


PA has more mini Mountains :D

(Sorry, I have to rep my home state.)
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Postby The Chief » Fri Dec 04, 2009 4:13 am

Stupid ass Shit like this is the main reason I am doing lots of fishing these days.

Wild Brown Trout are far smarter than this moron. It's nice to spend time in their environment.

Stupid ass Humans like the one in the video, are beginning to really scar me.

What a Dumbass...
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Postby Guyzo » Fri Dec 04, 2009 3:20 pm

Jeff flew off the "Planet Of The Apes Wall" a few years back...... on a Sunday am. Witnessed by about 60 folks, a few of them still climb to this day.

Every now and then somebody will see him and walk over and say...... "So your still alive? I was there, good to see you"

He was a goner for sure, I guess if you don't die instantly from blunt force trauma, you can hang in there for a while....... They got that Helo in there really quickly and had him in UCLA with in an hour.

He was really broken up...... he is all fixxed up now, only took about 8 years. +

Another living legend right here on SP. :wink:

Good to climb with ya bro.... :wink:
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Postby battledome » Fri Dec 04, 2009 5:16 pm

H-U-B-R-I-S
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Postby TomSellick » Fri Dec 04, 2009 8:36 pm

This is why I'll tie up every time. I literally got sweaty palms and doubled my heart rate watching this. Might have something to do with my own fall last year....
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Postby Franky » Fri Dec 04, 2009 10:58 pm

wonder if he would have fallen had that rope not been there. He obviously was thinking something like "oh shit this is getting harder, oh shit this is getting harder, GRAB THE ROPE!!!, oh fuck it is a top rope and i only grabbed one side!!!"

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Postby Diggler » Fri Dec 04, 2009 11:26 pm

Watching mere mortals attempt to arrest a fall by grabbing a dangling rope makes Potter's save after his 'chute malfunction at the Cave of the Swallows that much more amazing...
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Postby Guyzo » Fri Dec 04, 2009 11:46 pm

Way back in the day.
Mike Waugh was putting up the first ascent of “Good to The Last Drop” at JT.
He was near the finish of the thing and looking at a “grounder”.
One of his partners, Dan Hershman, gets the bright idea of lowering a single strand of 10.5 mm right next to him, witch Dan did.
Mike didn’t need to grab on, but we have all wondered if you could stop yourself like that?
The sh-t you do when your 17.

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Postby EastcoastMike » Sat Dec 05, 2009 3:44 am

If I ever learn to rock climb I am CERTAINLY not going to be free soloing, ever.
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Postby Misha » Sat Dec 05, 2009 3:56 am

EastcoastMike wrote:If I ever learn to rock climb I am CERTAINLY not going to be free soloing, ever.


Never say never... I thought that too at some point of my life. Now and then I find myself soloing an easy route in the alpine environment (never on crags). It can get scary sometimes but most of time it is very enjoyable. Freedom of movement created by soloing can get addictive
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