Flash Ascents Have Flash Appeal

Young female rock climber at sunset, Kalymnos Island, Greece

The following is an excerpt from Jeff Elison and my book Vertical Mind.

Todd Skinner summed it up pretty well.

“As with nearly all things in life, accomplishments in climbing do not come without training and preparation. And if they do, they are not as satisfying as the accomplishments requiring great effort. I tend to remember most vividly the climbs that required dedication, preparation, and skills to either complete successfully or escape safely. The traditional climbs where my partner and I pushed ourselves out of our comfort zone are often the source of campfire stories. We recount the challenges we faced and how we overcame them. After finishing projects demanding great effort and many attempts, I can often recall fine details of many of the moves for months or years. While explaining why he loved redpointing.”

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