People must not create a myth, we're not different than other people
December 23, 2012 6:57 PM Subscribe
posted by Riton (10 comments total)
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"Edlinger began to climb. As the last competitor, everyone at Snowbird knew how high he must get to beat his rivals and win the event. With apparent ease, he climbed past their high-points, until pausing beneath a huge overhang that had defeated all-comers. At that moment, a narrow shaft of sunlight pierced the cloud cover and illuminated Edlinger
. When he completed the route, the only one from the world's best to do so, the crowd erupted. Until this point, American climbers had been unsure about competition climbing. After Edlinger, they were converted." - Patrick Edlinger, age 52, died on December 10, after years of battling depression following a near-death fall in the nineties that prevented him from climbing at the same level."Life at his fingertips"
- a 26 minute documentary is a fascinating account of Edlinger's simple lifestyle in his prime, and features him hanging upside down like a bat by his feet, or by one hand, without ropes, in the middle of strenuous free climb... to rest!
is another documentary, where you can witness Edlinger's dedication to aesthetic climbing, as well as his inspiration from dance or gymnastics. [part 2] [part 3]