/ NEWS: Stevie Haston 8c+ at 52
Read more at http://www.ukclimbing.com/news/older.html?month=12&year=2008#n45521
That really is IMPRESSIVE.(So more more than if it was the latest wonderkid.)
Brilliant! It is good to see him back in the news with such a bang, he seemed to have disappeared off the radar for a while. Good stuff, no more excuses from us about being to old any more then.
Howabout not being old enough to climb hard routes ?
Well impressed but he's only 51 BTW or else I'm more senile than I thought...!
I can't use the excuse of being too old now though... ;-)
I remember a skinny youth turning up at the Bradford wall in autumn 1976. Even then, it was obvious that he was something special... but just how special we had no way of knowing.
Brilliant effort Stevie! Fight the good fight - always. Love to L.
All best wishes,
> That really is IMPRESSIVE.(So more more than if it was the latest wonderkid.)
That should read "much more" not "more more"
Get with the programme Martin - old is the new young
> Get with the programme Martin - old is the new young
Oh Bollocks, I am going to have to start performing then.
So....does that mean young is the old old? *confused-dot-com*
awesome whats next 9a?
Impressive. I wonder why he never got to this level when he was at his strongest ?
I would like Haston's take on this. You assume he is not now at his strongest but strength gains are still possible until you are 60 and its strength to weight that counts and he may have dieted to a weight lower than before. He did climb an 8c some years ago but IIRC then lost interest in sport climbing especially the training and dieting sacrifices required. But clearly he must have reapplied himself again - maybe the realisation of time running out stimulating the extra motivation. Of course getting up routes at any level isn't just about strength though it is particularly important on ludicrously overhanging limestone.
There is a general rising tide that lifts all boats effect or peer pressure if you like that removes some self imposed psychologiocal barriers of what is possible through application. Training techniques have also improved. Hearing grey power achievements like Haston's (or Rab, Keith and Al Austin) has that effect on the rest of us. Great innit.
From the great man himself, over on UKB:
"Since meeting [Alex] Chabot and some other fit people I got the bug (again) and decided I didnt want to be the big fat strong guy working easy 8s. So 20 lbs of lipo-suction later I am a bit better..."
Knew Stevie had been training hard but didn't realise how hard! This is a stunning achievement.
Well he wasn't that far short of it. (And, as Simon suggests, he may well be at his strongest now.) But a few years ago, Stevie was heavily into ice climbing, really pushing the boundaries. And he's always had a penchant for scary trad. And hard-core Alpinism... More recently, he took up caving and reached a high standard very quickly.
Stevie pushes himself hard, very hard indeed. A few weeks ago he climbed a F8c. He was self-effacing about it - but clearly it was just a warm-up!
I think so but I wonder if he does ?
To follow on from his poser on his UKB thread "British standards -Shit or not shit?" - Is it stunning or does it appear stunning because in the UK most of us are just not psyched/organised enough to try/train hard enough ??!!!!
An awesome achievement made even better by his age.
I must look out an awesome rant about bolts by Stevie from a mag of about 1985.
Any bets on 9a?
I was probably judgeing 'his strongest' by his magazine articles which was obviously a mistake !
You're forgiven! I think the thing is that none of us knows what this guy was (and is) capable of. Maybe he doesn't either. Maybe that's his quest...
What's fascinating is how Stevie's wife, Laurence, saw this astounding talent and got him to focus it.
Behind every great man there's a women with an electric cattle prod.
Oldest person to climb 8c+?
Hmm... Manolo? And F9a??
Jan 22: 48 year old Maurizio "Manolo" Zanolla climbs 9a/+
Total inspiration, well done Sir. Hopefully this means he'll get back on the podium and give us the entertainment we miss so badly!
Well done Stevie, I was wondering what you'd been up to.
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