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Sep 29, 2010, 1:49 PM

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Re: [sonso45] Kurt Albert seriously injured
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It’s sad news that Kurt Albert died. His definition of red point (Rotpunkt) has had an amazing influence on climbing. To paraphrase Winston Churchill, never in the history of climbing have so many climbers owed so much to so few words. And as Albert emphasized it was a definition not a statement of morality. The brilliance of the definition lay in its simplicity and its ease of understanding and to its cogency to crag climbing as a discipline in its own right as distinct from mountaineering. Of course, Albert went on to extend his concept of “free climbing” to high peaks around the world. There are few who can match the influence he had on the development of the sport.

One can’t help but note the irony of his fatal accident being on a via ferrata, apparently guiding tourists. It will be of interest to learn more of the details of this accident.

Condolences to his family, friends and climbing partners.


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