/ Interviews on soloing

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dshearer - on 26 Feb 2013
Can anyone point me in the direction of a good interview on soloing (either video or text). Preparing a lecture on extreme sport motivations for my student and would like to begin with something like this - Perhaps Alex Honnold, Dean Potter ?? Have briefly searched youtube, but thought that someone might know straight away on here?
LaMentalist on 26 Feb 2013
bullybones - on 26 Feb 2013
In reply to dshearer:
Not an interview, but John Long's essay The Only Blasphemy is top-notch. Several versions about, the best is in 'Mirrors in the Cliffs', edited by J Perrin.

Solaris - on 26 Feb 2013
In reply to dshearer:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/High-Lonesome-Climbing-Stories-Adventure/dp/156044858X/ref=sr_1_14?s=books&a...

Some interesting and also tragic interviews in this book.

Jim Perrin's Street Illegal essay is a classic and is in one of his recent collections of essays.
dshearer - on 27 Feb 2013
Thanks all - some really useful stuff. Realy like the John Long essay. Had seen the Alex Honnold vid during my search yesterday - probably doesn't quite get to what I am looking for as the anchor is really hamming the 'he must be crazy' slant - think i will inlcude it as a link for out of class
NickD - on 27 Feb 2013
Another vote for Perrin's "Street Illegal". He examines his own motives in the piece, and the bit when he "comes to" on the runner is priceless.
dshearer - on 27 Feb 2013
In reply to NickD: Think I will have to order this - but too late for this lecture.... last minute as usual!!!!
Kemics - on 27 Feb 2013
In reply to dshearer:

Doesn't go in too deep but it's a long (2hour +) interview with Honnold.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OusYaNWBy08

My favourite is his expression "well after 60ft you're pretty much hosed if you come off"



Mark Collins - on 27 Feb 2013
In reply to dshearer: Here's your answer:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYISD5jOGxg
Michael Reardon interview, made poignant by his early death.
john arran - on 27 Feb 2013
In reply to dshearer:

Not an interview but this may be of interest - http://www.thefreeclimber.com/articles/tfcJulesVerne.htm
It's a piece I wrote many years ago for a magazine about a solo I did of a notable route in the US in which I tried to convey my motivations and apprehensions honestly.
Ghastly Rubberfeet on 27 Feb 2013
In reply to dshearer:

This may fit the bill for what you are looking for.

I used to climb with Derek Hersey in the UK.

He was always soloing.

He carried on when he moved to the States.

This is the first of 3 clips on Youtube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3dTIePeRWc

Sadly he is no longer with us.
snoop6060 - on 27 Feb 2013
In reply to dshearer:

There is a 4 part thing on the Alpinist website. Part one is with Alex Honnold.

http://www.alpinist.com/doc/web08x/wfeature-solo-honnold

Kafoozalem - on 28 Feb 2013
In reply to dshearer:

Great thread. Well worth taking the time to check out these links. Love the Alex Honnald interview recommended by Kemics and John Arran's account of Jules Verne.
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Double Knee Bar - on 28 Feb 2013
In reply to Kafoozalem: yeah a fantastic thread. Would be great to be "stickied" in some way, UKC suggestion on bookmarking good threads on their survey.
These videos are hidden gems and John Arran's article is great read.

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