Tomaz Humar on Reticent Wall
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This is page 10 of my presentation.
OK, so here's the story - bitchin' bad-ass Euro climber comes to Yosemite, where nobody has heard of him, and announces that he is going to solo Reticent Wall, one of the hardest in the Valley!
And nobody believes him! They just don't believe he can do it! And not only do they not believe him, but they won't help him, either.
So poor Tomaz is dragging his film crew around Yosemite trying to get beta and a topo for Reticent, and nobody will give it to him!
Look, this guy is bad to the bone. Check out some of the stuff he did before coming to Yosemite.
Check out what he did on Ama Dablam Do not even think about reading one page further until you have clicked on the Ama Dablam link above!
Here's an exerpt from Ama Dablam:
"After twelve hours we slowly run out of vertical ice and face the crux: an overhanging rock barrier. We put away our ice-climbing equipment and get everything ready for technical climbing. We have before us a short pitch of powder snow on a slightly overhanging rock. Those twenty-five meters of sheer despair took me two hours and a half, and I do not know to this day how I managed to cheat my way over, as I was unable to peg a single piton."
"While I am unclipping the belay, the rope we have used to haul the rucksacks jams a few meters below. Vanja lowers me to unjam it. At that moment there's a loud noise from above and the bag with all our ice equipment - ten ice screws, the Abalakov hooker, the ice hooker, the deadman, and all the bolts - zooms past my head down into the depths below. We both yell in terror. When our shrieks die away, we carry on as though nothing's happened."
If your hands aren't sweating and your toes aren't freezing after those little anecdotes, then you had best read on.
Please click here to continue to the next photo and to read what Tomaz' detractors said to him!
[Photo of Tomas Humar taken on Reticent Wall by MATEJ MEJOVSEK, which Tomaz emailed to me, along with permission to publish here at RC.com]
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