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Committed Project

Postby falcon568 » Fri Sep 13, 2013 8:14 am

I'm probably way late to the party on this one, but just found the site documenting Mark & Janelle Smiley's quest to climb all 50 classic climbs. Looks like they are nearing completion. Incredible videos of all their climbs on the site (which are pretty well done). Especially liked the ones documenting Hunter and Moose's Tooth.
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Re: Committed Project

Postby Derby Ale » Fri Sep 13, 2013 8:47 am

Very Interesting. I have a feeling that Shiprock is going to be damn hard for them to get permission. The Navajo regard Shiprock as sacred. I've been chased off just trying to photograph it. I wish them luck with securing permission, and can appreciate and respect that they are at least trying to do everything correctly in their endeavor.

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Re: Committed Project

Postby Brian C » Fri Sep 13, 2013 8:59 am

It has been fun to follow their progress and also see how much better they gotten with the films.

I'd bet that they have already climbed Shiprock but just can't publicize it without official permission from the Navajo Nation.

They're biggest (and close to only at this point) obstacle will be Hummingbird Ridge.
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Re: Committed Project

Postby Stone_man » Fri Sep 13, 2013 3:33 pm

Yeah, I've enjoyed quite a few of those Smiley project videos as well, they are very well done. I think it's a very cool quest, and in some ways easier to relate to them as a moderate climber myself--since, in their own words they're not superstar climbers so it's more about determination and grit....and maybe some luck! I attended a Neptune presentation last year that they put on and they seemed like very cool, down to earth people.

I guess you might know a thing or two about Shiprock, eh Brian? From what you've read about in books, etc., I mean. :wink:

Hummingbird Ridge has never been repeated beyond the first ascent, correct?

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