Friday, May 16, 2008

The Sound of One Knee Popping

Ahhh, youth. Here's 17-year-old Pete Whittaker at the key move of Dynamics of Change (E9 7a), a recently completed "last great problem" on English gritstone. The next step? Stand up on that left leg. My leg would simply snap off at the knee if I tried this. The other pic gives another perspective on this serious and unlikely move—if Whittaker blows it, there's a strong chance he hits the ground. Tip of the hat for the photos to Hot Aches, which has the whole sequence online.

1 comment:

Bob McKerrow - Wayfarer said...

Great effort by Pete Whittaker. I remember at 17 gliding over rock and pulling myself up on one hand. Once I used my knees and my rope mate said, "Never use your knees when climbing. " I replied, " I am not using my knees for climbing, I am down on my knees praying. "

I must say my knees were popping that day.

Then there is a saying in polar exploration which says "if you get into trouble, get down on your knees and pray for Shackleton."