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An early(?) free ascent of Pincushion by Chris Hunter
© pneame, Nov 1973
Ah, I climbed with Chris Hunter in Yosemite in 1978. I was responsible for his failure on Stoner's Highway. I couldn't FOLLOW the second pitch...
jon - 18/Dec/10
Hi Jon. It's a small world, or it was - Chris was very steady. I like your phrasing - responsible for his failure, not your own! Leaves the field wide open for the latter....
I've been in the failing to second mode a few times. Never pleasant. And usually on things I ought to have been able to get up, as well!
pneame - 18/Dec/10
Maybe I worded that badly... I was trying to assume 100% responsibility! Chris just breezed up the first pitch and dragged me up it. He then breezed up the second and after a lot of scrabbling I gave up trying to follow it - it seemed better to just go down. It was my first time on Yosemite face climbing. I don't know if he went back on it or not.
jon - 20/Dec/10
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Effortless brilliance was always something that came to mind watching Chris. Yosemite granite is really challenging, IMHO. Even the faces/slabs which are my forte. Or I thought they were!
pneame - 20/Dec/10