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winglessangel


Sep 29, 2010, 9:35 AM
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So, after the sad news and after reading so many articles about Kurt Albert one question could not be answered.

3 infos were given in different articles/emails/forums and I wonder what is the real one.

Kurt would:

(a) Paint a red dot on some pitons of the routes he free climbed / sent.
(b) Paint a red dot on the BASE of the routes he free climbed / sent.
(c) Paint a red dot on his notebook near the name of the route.

Anyone knows?






RIP Kurt and condolences to the family and friends.


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winglessangel wrote:
So, after the sad news and after reading so many articles about Kurt Albert one question could not be answered.

3 infos were given in different articles/emails/forums and I wonder what is the real one.

Kurt would:

(a) Paint a red dot on some pitons of the routes he free climbed / sent.
(b) Paint a red dot on the BASE of the routes he free climbed / sent.
(c) Paint a red dot on his notebook near the name of the route.

Anyone knows?






RIP Kurt and condolences to the family and friends.

I heard (my recollection of an article in "Climbing" many years ago) the answer was "b."


viciado


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From wikipedia entry for... wait for it...."redpoint"!

The English term "redpoint" is derived from the German Rotpunkt (point of red) coined by Kurt Albert in the mid 1970s at Frankenjura. He would paint a red X on a fixed pin that he could avoid using for a foot- or handhold. Once he was able to free climb the entire route, he would put a red dot at the base of the route. In many ways this was the origin of the free climbing movement that led to the development of sport climbing ten years later.


the_climber


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My understanding of it that as the practice evolved Albert would paint a red circle at the base of a route he was working on. Later filling in the circle after his successful Rotpunkt.


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