Conor Dary wrote:Come on. She is probably some 5.12 climber who has taken plenty of falls.
Reminds of the stunt Charlie Fowler did years ago on the Diving Board in Eldorado Canyon. Tied a 150 ft. rope to an anchor and jumped off and fell the length of the rope, just to know what it felt like.
You certainly may be right. Something tells me she wouldn't have gotten herself into the harness and at the edge of the cliff if she had not done a good bit of climbing. And the Diving Board legend is a good one. You know Charlie Fowler died in the mountains in China in 2006?
Oh, yes. Very sad. I still have the Climbing issue with him on the cover. CF was a friend of mine years ago in Boulder, when I was running and getting into climbing. A really great guy. I use to go on runs with him up Flagstaff back around 1982, and I had no idea how good he was until I read a book about Long's Peak. And there is a story about this guy doing the first free solo on the Diamond. And in EBs no less.
But back to the video. As you noted getting into a harness is a bit of a project. And onto a rope anchored yards away. And the camera angles and the reactions seem a bit too pat. The photographer is right nearby and she doesn't even look at the camera? Or at least plead with the other guy to get her out of this. That told me right there it was staged. The gal probably free solos the Nose on her days off.