/ NEWS: French Legend Patrick Edlinger Passes Away

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UKC News - on 20 Nov 2012
Patrick Edlinger on the cover of Vertical Magazine 5, solo in Joshua Tree, 4 kbIconic French climber Patrick Edlinger has died aged 52. The French sport climbing pioneer passed away on Friday the 16th of November.

Edlinger was well known not only for his hard sport onsights in the early 80's, but also for his audacious solo ascents of technical and hard routes such as Orange Mécanique, an 8a at Cimai, and multiple solos in the huge Verdon Gorge.

Read more at http://www.ukclimbing.com/news/item.php?id=67619

El3ctroFuzz - on 20 Nov 2012
In reply to UKC News:

Not good news. RIP! I couldnt see any soloing in the video, blind?
Atmos on 20 Nov 2012
In reply to UKC News: To see Patrick Edlinger free soloing, search for "la vie au bout des doigts" (French title, that would be "Life at the fingertip" in english) on youtube, It is the (short) movie that shot him to stardom in France in the early 80's.

You'll ear him talking about climbing, training, solo, and living at the margins, over images of him deep water soloing in the south of France, training (including his famous pull up on a single pinky), and then free soloing a multipitch route from the French cliff of Buoux.

In "opera vertical", which you might be able to find on the internet too, you'll see him climbing with a friend, then at the end he perform a barefoot solo of a part of the cliff (this one is in the Verdon Gorges).

These images have left a deep mark on the French (and arguably, world) climbing community.
ArnaudG - on 20 Nov 2012
In reply to UKC News:
Very sad indeed. The man was a legend. Got me into climbing when my dad bought me the book of Opera Vertical in '84.

Cheers
A.-
DAVETHOMAS90 - on 20 Nov 2012
In reply to UKC News:

Thanks for the inspiration Patrick.

Nice vid of Edlinger soloing Debilof barefoot here:

http://www.climbing.com/news/patrick-edlinger-reported-dead/
Nic on 20 Nov 2012
In reply to DAVETHOMAS90:

Love the bit where he casually stops to chalk one of his feet!
kingie52 - on 20 Nov 2012
In reply to UKC News: Sad news, and only 52. He most certainly inspired my early days of climbing. RIP Patrick Edlinger.
kenkenyon - on 22 Nov 2012
In reply to UKC News: According to the German magazine Alpin's website he died after falling down his stairs at home and suffering a brain hemorrhage. He managed to drag himself to his bath where his body was found. Tragic to die so early and especially in such circumstances.
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chasm - on 22 Nov 2012
In reply to UKC News:
RIP Patrick you were an inspiration to see climbing

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