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White Apache
AKA Michael Covington
For those who know him, you know that this nickname fits him perfectly. He wears mocasins, lives in a teepee, has a medicine wheel in his car and blankets with indian designs on car seats.

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MarcsoltanA true trad man...

Marcsoltan

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and he still used mostly hexes. I have a duffle bag full of those that haven't seen the light of day in years.
Posted Nov 9, 2010 1:58 am

Liba KopeckovaRe: A true trad man...

Liba Kopeckova

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Yes Marc, it is impressive to watch him. He had a bag full of new cams with tags on it, but he said that he does not like to use those. He sometimes climbs the whole pitch without any protection.
Thanks for visiting.
Posted Nov 9, 2010 2:02 am

MarcsoltanRe: A true trad man...

Marcsoltan

Voted 10/10

I have a friend with over 1000 first ascents to his name. He fell 40 feet and nearly got killed because of not having a pro below him. I used to solo routes up to 10d. I once nearly fell 120 feet soloing a 5.6.

It's best to always use a rope and plug in pro whenever possible, no matter how easy or safe the climb seems to be. This is my humble opinion, only.
Posted Nov 9, 2010 1:32 pm

Liba KopeckovaRe: A true trad man...

Liba Kopeckova

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I agree Marc, but do not feel that I can express any opinion to a real climber. He says that it depends on his feelings for the day etc.
Posted Nov 9, 2010 3:45 pm

lcarreauRe: A true trad man...

lcarreau

Voted 10/10

Interesting philosophy on Life..

So, you're saying it depends on what mood he's in, as far as protection for a particular climb ???

Hey, that's a tough call to make. I suppose
"Lady Luck" also has something to do with it.

"Hard luck and trouble is my only friend,
I've been on my own ever since I was ten..
Born under a bad sign;
I've been down since I begin to crawl..
If it wasn't for bad luck,
I wouldn't have no luck at all ..."

Posted Nov 9, 2010 8:39 pm

Joe WhiteRe: A true trad man...

Joe White

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I'd agree with that...
Posted Nov 9, 2010 8:56 pm

Liba KopeckovaRe: A true trad man...

Liba Kopeckova

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well guys, he climbed for more than 50 years, he guided many clients, and never had an accident. I don't feel that it is my right to step in and tell him what to do.
Posted Nov 9, 2010 9:56 pm

MarcsoltanRe: A true trad man...

Marcsoltan

Voted 10/10

Not to worry, Liba. Soloing is a personal decision and no one is expecting you to tell Mike that it's dangerous. He knows that himself very well. I was just voicing my personal opinion.
:-)
Posted Nov 10, 2010 12:53 pm

Liba KopeckovaRe: A true trad man...

Liba Kopeckova

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Thanks Marc,
I myself would be jamming cams inside those cracks... still, it is impressive to watch.
Posted Nov 10, 2010 1:48 pm

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