Fear Of Falling

One story that re-emerged during the big Dawn Wall push was this incredible story from 2000 when a young Tommy Caldwell, along with Beth Rodden, John Dickey and Jason Smith, was abducted by rebels in Kyrgyzstan:

“What the hell was that?” he shouts, donning his helmet instinctively, assuming the rifle crack is the clatter of rockfall.

“We’re being shot at, Singer!” Beth Rodden calls out in alarm from the other portaledge.

“That’s irrational,” Smith replies. “It’s probably local hunters.”

Then the third bullet hits right between the two platforms. Rock chips fly out of the crater, spraying the climbers.

“That was definitely for us!” Rodden shouts.

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9 Responses to Fear Of Falling

  1. Wex January 20, 2015 at 1:46 pm #

    I’m going to be a hater and say enough Dawn Wall/Tommy Caldwell.

    With all the attention and seven years of media I don’t even know if I want to see the “final video.” Yawn

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    • Jake January 21, 2015 at 9:31 am #

      You should just not watch it then. Should anyone besides you care that you’re uninspired by a bad-ass project that finally got sent, regardless of the media coverage.

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    • T January 21, 2015 at 4:14 pm #

      Just curious, what’s the narc’s record for being downvoted to oblivion?

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      • Narc January 21, 2015 at 4:15 pm #

        This came up in another thread at some point and I was able to look it up. Not sure where that was though.

        The above comment is nowhere near the most downvoted though.

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      • Andrew January 22, 2015 at 1:36 am #

        That dude inexplicably ranting about Pamela Pack definitely has the most average downvotes in one comment section.

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        • Narc January 22, 2015 at 10:51 am #

          Fortunately for us all I removed all those comments

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          • HeMan January 25, 2015 at 7:12 pm #

            For some reason I think about that thread once a week.

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  2. David January 21, 2015 at 12:57 pm #

    Wex, i hate to say it, but you might be in for a lot more… Ondra is apparently interested in the dawn wall, (http://www.planetmountain.com/english/News/shownews1.lasso?l=2&keyid=42429 at the end, but you need to understand a bit of bad italian)

    So… 7 more years for the “Ondra to send Dawn Wall in a day” project… i can’t wait!

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    • Ryan January 22, 2015 at 5:18 am #

      Thanks for the link. Indeed, it sounds like he plans to at least check it out.

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