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54 year old sends Pink Flamingo (5.13)


Submitted by rock_ranger on 2008-06-05 | Last Modified on 2008-06-06

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by John Bradbury


Chick Holtkamp redpoints Pink Flamingo (5.13) in Indian Creek at 54 years old!

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Chick Holtkamp
Michael Pang
Chick Holtkamp. Photo: Michael Pang.

Chick (Cleveland, Ohio) has been climbing at the Creek for years. For the last 6 or so he has been making a yearly pilgrimage from mid April to May, with a troop of crack addicts from his home town of Cleveland. Chick has aspirations of ticking all the 5.13's in the Creek and started with Pink Flamingo, a rattley fingers (purple Camelots) splitter.

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Pink Flamingo
Michael Pang
Pink Flamingo. Photo: Michael Pang.

Chick worked the route for 3 days before sending it clean. Next on the list, Trix are for Kids.

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Placing gear
Michael Pang
Placing Gear. Photo: Michael Pang.
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Moving through the thin stuff
Michael Pang
Moving through the thin stuff. Photo: Michael Pang.
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 devilontheloose
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 2008-06-05
Keep Cranking Hard...
 timmy_t
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 2008-06-05
http://friendsofindiancreek.org/camping.php

"Actual climbing restrictions in the plan are few. As always, no climbing where it conflicts with cultural resources (like Pink Flamingo and other routes near rock art and ruins)..."

whoops!
 camhead
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 2008-06-05
yeah, I was just going to mention the petroglyph thing. please stay of off pink flamingo. oh, and nice send.
 angry
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 2008-06-05
I don't want to take away from this send, it's impressive in a way.

Still, climbing a route that you can actually touch a petroglyph from really is unacceptable. Shame really, as I'd like to climb the route.

I can't think of another established 5.13 out there that has a petroglyph, please choose one of those instead next time.
 dpurf
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 2008-06-06
Maybe someone should tell Katie Brown the same thing.

from You Tube
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=leja1zawFl0
 Facelyss
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 2008-06-09
That guy's a stud! He's 54 and looks great, that's something in itself, but rad send man.
 Achilleus30
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 2008-06-09
You kick ass man. I can only hope, and work towards 5.13, and I'm 31. I just redpointed my second 5.11a two days ago. I have a long way to go, but I'm still improving a lot.
 granitegripper
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 2008-06-10
I bow in front of any climbing god that can send a 5.13. Doing it at 54 also indicates a gentic disposition toward injury resistance. No one can claim that until they have had decades of experiences. Again I bow before the climbing gods.
 coach_kyle
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 2008-06-10
Chick Holtkamp at 54 does not count as a 54-year-old. The header should read, "Bad-ass climbing hard slightly longer than expected".
 jughead
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 2008-06-11
Very nice send Yadayadayada at that age Blah blah blah, Dosn't make a blind bit of difference there are other 5.13s out there to be climbing without putting chalk dust and rubber smears on a rare and well preserved site of our ancient heritage. As climbers we should have the sense and self control to respect these kind of places which are only still there because the blundering general public hasnt had a chance to ruin it... yet
 pinkly_taurus
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 2008-06-19
"Chick has aspirations of ticking all the 5.13's in the Creek"

I think he might be starting a little late in life for that. Hong Kong Phooie makes Pink Flamingo look like a cake walk.
 clee03m
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 2008-06-19
He should be old enough to know better than to climb where it conflicts with cultural resources thereby threatening access for the rest of us.
 rockinboise
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 2008-06-20
I got to watch this guy climb last April at the creek, he warmed up on a 5.12. Sick...

If people were really that opposed to having a route like this climbed because of the petroglyph, you should block it off, close it, make it apparent that it should be left alone.
 woogly
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 2008-06-23
You can't effectively "block off" or "close" a route. Pink Flamingo can be climbed without touching the petroglyph (I didn't when I climbed the route in May of this year); that said, I'm not sure if I would have tried the route had I known either that the petroglyph was real or that there was an ongoing conflict surrounding the route. Walking up to the route, one might not be able to verify the authenticity of the petroglyph simply by sight, as the area also contains anachronistic graffiti; the effect being, of course, that one may take less care when climbing near the petroglyph. As I said, I was very careful, nonetheless, not to scuff it with careless footwork, which is a very real possibility. In any case, extreme care should be taken to preserve rock art (and, in parallel, climbing access). In this case, I tend more to agree with the 'unofficial' closing of the route-which keeps all but a few from climbing on it. At least the grade is relatively stratified and there is no easy toprope setup-that keeps the crowd a bit more rarified.
 chris13b
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 2008-06-27
Chick has always beend a strong crack climber.He has a strong Yosemite background.He put up an "astroman" style wall near lLeaning tower over 30 years ago
 Betahappy
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 2008-10-25
4 out of 5 stars sick man

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