/ NEWS: Grandad Haston Climbs 9a at 52 years old
But not for all.
Grandad Stevie Haston Climbs 9a at 52 years old.
I thought he was still over here:
"Some of the postings by those f****** on the UKC and UKB forums about Bam Bam also made me angry which probably helped as well. "
Awesome stuff, big round of applause for that and Bam Bam! He continues to inspire. I hope he does come back to the UK and ruffle feathers again soon, and I hope he keeps posting on here.
Absolutely inspirational stuff!!
i would have thought an 8c+ into a 7a would warrant a jump to 9a....let alone into an 8a+ then 8a!!
Very inspirational indeed.
Or mentally unhinged...Inspirational and a kick up the backside in equal measure for old and young alike
Yeah, let's hope, on his present form, that he comes back very soon and kicks yet more arse as a 52-year old.
agreed, also amazing when you consider La Rambla is supposed to be an 8c+ with 5m of 7b+ on top.
absolutely outstanding effort.
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> I thought he was still over here:
I think you'll find that Carter nicked that line from red dwarf.
Good going Stevie. Amazing effort!
Top man - never doubt the Haston!
Outstanding achievement, heartfelt congrats
I didnt know MacLeod had climbed 9a. Was this El Muerta out in Suirana?
yes....it was part of his "training" for echo wall.
>"Haston Climbs 9a"
Just shows you the value of training on loose sh!t in Wales. I'm sure Jack Geldard will flash it next week (TV schedules allowing).
Inspirational. But 700 calories a day? I think I wouldn't have the energy to stand up!
Awesome stuff. He certainly 'puts his money where his mouth is'
> Awesome stuff. He certainly 'puts his money where his mouth is'
Might as well put money there, as at 700 calories a day there isn't much food going where his mouth is.
Amazing effort, have a kebab to celebrate!
The forums are generally bright and sunny Ian. If you do zoom in to the odd negative post by an individual it can rain on your head for a while, until you wake up!
If you check the individual forums you'll get what I mean and your perception will change.
Walls & Training
Expedition & Alpine
Lost & Found
Lifts & Partners
Now that is a book I'd like to read...
how about some user stats Mick :p
I'll do a special user stat report just for you Morgan in a few weeks time.
How about a book from you one of these days Ian?
But what about us old guys? I am trying to re do a route I did 22 years ago right now when I was at my top rope peak at 52, and there just is not the power endurance. Of course I could loose 20 kg and do all sorts of things that Steve has done. I guess that is the problem. You need an awful lot of enthusiasm which Steve clearly always has. But then he is achieving something unique.
Actually what I have always admired in Steve from his writing, I dont know him at all, is his dedication to the true spirit of climbing (as I see it).
Do us a favour Stevie tell us what you will have done when you are 70, then I will have 6 years to beat you at it. I don't think.
Well this is definitely the news of the year.
Mick said "The forums are generally bright and sunny Ian. If you do zoom in to the odd negative post by an individual it can rain on your head for a while, until you wake up!"
I was just dialing in on Stevie's perception of the forums not mine, I would have used different adjectives :-)!! and the fact that Stevie actually thrives and picks out criticism to fire him on.
Steve's achievement has gone out as the lead story and title in our newsletter (to 44,000).
Is on our facebook feed: http://www.facebook.com/ukclimbing?ref=ts
over a 1,000 fans
And we have several positive news reports
Grandad Haston Climbs 9a at 52 years old
Stevie Haston - New E8 on Craig Dorys
Geldard Onsights Haston Super Route. Haston Speaks
This is how positive we are editorially at UKClimbing.com.
AND if you look at the threads associated with these reports, most are in awe of Stevie's achievements.
Credit were credit is due.
Yes, you will get the odd neg comment from the odd individual. But NEVER forget how positive we are here at UKC it is in the culture of the organisation - with odd bit of piss taking.
: o )
off to Pembroke.... hurrrayyy!!!
Yeah, a 52 yr old climbing 17 grades harder than a 28yr old, where's the inspiration in that?
Ackbar - strange comment
But reporting on Fred Snodgrass, who is a really nice guy and has an amazing personality, doing his 1st 6b+ isn't really news.
Plus Stevie is quite a personality.
You are on the wrong site if that's your view. This is UKC(limbing) not UKP(ersonality).
Slightly beside the point
You really think a 52 year old doing a 9a is not noteworthy nor inspirational?
> Yeah, a 52 yr old climbing 17 grades harder than a 28yr old, where's the inspiration in that?
PMSL!!! Nice one.
Are you being serious?!
Doesn't it inspire you that you will never (well, almost never) have the excuse that you are too old.
Can't see how you can relate his passion which seems just as big to being less than that of Macleod and Pearson, in many ways I reckon he has a bigger personality and passion than Macleod or Pearson.
Sometimes a bitter of negativity does fire people up. You telling me if you where stood below boulder problem or climb you wanted to do and someone told you you weren't good enough for it you wouldn't get you fired up and probably give it a go and maybe that extra spark would get you up it? I know its happened to me!
> Yeah, a 52 yr old climbing 17 grades harder than a 28yr old, where's the inspiration in that?
While I can't agree with the sentiment that his achievements are un-inspirational, they don't especially inspire me. I'm not sure why. It may be the fact that he's climbing grades that are unimaginable to me, or that his methods don't appear to be physically or mentally healthy - I don't know. Certainly a superb achievement though.
And then we read the guidebook ;-)
Maybe people are confusing 'inspirational' with 'impressive'? I guess it's quite inspiring that he's proving it's possible to perform better than ever at an age when you're supposed to be well past it, but given what he has to put himself through to climb that hard (700 calories a day??) I can't say it inspires me much personally, because realistically I know I can and will never do that, and wouldn't want to. Impressive it obviously is though. Hooray.
Bit of imagination required Moley. Inspired doeasn't mean slavishly following. Soemone might be inspired enough into doing a bit more and eating a bit less to climb 7a. It certainly kicks into touch the self-limiting belief that you can't climb hard in your 50's.
Wow! absolutely amazing effort, inspiring for sure. Definately motivated to train hard and reach those dizzying heights!
Go Haston! This fills me with joy - anything is possible! What a total legend.
Yeah fair enough, point taken. 'Inspiring' is just one of those words that is thrown around a lot. Like it's a cliché that it's a cliché that the word genius is overused in sport.
On another note, what do you do to celebrate when your body is a temple? I just can't imagine.
One of life's great paradoxes covered well here:
scroll down to 'Earning the raspberry cheescake'
> Bit of imagination required Moley. Inspired doeasn't mean slavishly following. Soemone might be inspired enough into doing a bit more and eating a bit less to climb 7a. It certainly kicks into touch the self-limiting belief that you can't climb hard in your 50's.
absolutely .. time to lose a few Kg and train harder!
> On another note, what do you do to celebrate when your body is a temple? I just can't imagine.
easy - read Bradley Wiggins' bio.
Athens - gold medal - 2 year bender - start training again - Beijing - more medals - go on the piss again - train harder - come 4th in Tour de France.
Absolute piece of piss ;-)
Really? I find it dead inspiring even though I know that I probably won't ever follow the same approach (mostly because I like food so much)
But what it is, to me, I think, is a bit of a holy grail that you can continue to climb practically cutting edge stuff in your 50s if you want it enough. Ok, it has always been fairly evident in climbing that you can continue to improve much later in life than in other sports, (and there have been a nuber of climbers reported doing this, Rab Carrington is one, Geraldine Taylor is another) but where this is different is 9a feels reasonably close to the limit of what has been done on rock.
It demonstrates not just that personal climbing barriers can be broken at the age of 52, but barriers in the sport as well. THAT is inspiring.
Brilliant blog post from Dave Mac!
Though I walk through the valley of the booze isle, real ales, red wine and lager shall not, my soul tempt.
Serious!?! No, I can without doubt say that would not fire me up. This is why I was not inspired by his ascent. Because he said that people critising him (although actually just politely pointing out their point of view on climbing ethics) inspired him to climb it. It's a bit sad, really.
inspiration has by definition got to be a personal thing, i know where ackbar is coming from, he says it impresses him just doesnt inspire him and that surely is just an honest viewpoint.
Just fantastic. The most inspiring news story for years.
A shame Mr Parnell doesn't have the good grace to go and hide in a hole for a few months rather than try to claim some credit!
So, then, what? You're standing below a boulder problem, some self-appointwed guardian of local ethics tells you it's too hard for you, you get a bit cross and send it next go - that's not an inspiring ascent, it's just sad, is it?
Typicall Brits is`nt it, always knocking someone who is at the top of their game !
Keep it up Stevie,
From a near extreme end of trad (loose, hard and dangerous and in good style) to a VERY high end of sport in a few days - that's amazing Stevie, and inspiring, even to a 60+.
> Typicall Brits is`nt it, always knocking someone who is at the top of their game !
Hardly typical, most of the contributors on this thread are congratulating Stevie. Hardly typical, most of the contributors on this thread are congratulating Stevie. If you're in slag Britain off mode, try get the English a bit closer ;)
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