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simpson vanishes...
November 05, 2010, 03:07:15 pm
... from Wild Country's list of UK sponsored climbers. I wonder where he's gone? Perhaps he's given up climbing again.

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#1 Re: simpson vanishes...
November 05, 2010, 03:11:54 pm
maybe he's eloped with si o'conman.

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#2 Re: simpson vanishes...
November 05, 2010, 03:14:49 pm
Or maybe he got sick of playing media games.

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#3 Re: simpson vanishes...
November 05, 2010, 03:17:01 pm


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#4 Re: simpson vanishes...
November 05, 2010, 03:17:26 pm
He's taken up street art?

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#5 Re: simpson vanishes...
November 05, 2010, 03:20:56 pm
He's taken up street art?

If he has I'm certain he will be world-class

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#6 Re: simpson vanishes...
November 05, 2010, 03:24:31 pm
... from Wild Country's list of UK sponsored climbers. I wonder where he's gone? Perhaps he's given up climbing again.

for someone that 'doesn't give a shit' you seem to care a bit too much.

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#7 Re: simpson vanishes...
November 05, 2010, 03:38:27 pm
Aw, hey, don't be like that. I'm only trying to cause trouble.

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#9 Re: simpson vanishes...
November 05, 2010, 05:14:00 pm
I heard he could spray a mile of street art in less than 4 mins!

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#10 Re: simpson vanishes...
November 05, 2010, 08:24:06 pm
Not really news. About time though!

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#11 Re: simpson vanishes...
November 05, 2010, 10:49:56 pm
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Simpson vanishes

Not satisfied with conquering the wonderful world of sports climbing he has moved in to take on the mighty David Copperfield and eventually maybe even Paul Daniels and The Magic Circle.

 8)

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#12 Re: simpson vanishes...
November 06, 2010, 08:30:14 am
Not really news. About time though!
I'm a bit dim and rather off the scene so can you just clarify what you mean here.
Why isn't it news?
About time what?

(I've read the other channel re: his athletics claims and some people apparently in the know about such things have made some interesting observations.)

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#13 Re: simpson vanishes...
November 06, 2010, 09:17:05 am
Not news in my opinion. Why should somebody getting dropped by their sponsors get any news coverage?

About time as there has been much discussion regarding the validity of many of Rich Simpsons claims - his ascent of Action Direct, Liquid Ambar, the list is long and impressive. There's no proof of any of these ascents (eg: no belayers, photos, videos, eye-witnesses) and so his sponsors have got a little concerned and dropped him, and quite rightly. Claims for sub 4 minute miles, 2h hour 30 minute marathons have only added fuel to the fire.

I couldn't care less if he is genuine or a bullshitter. What pisses me off is that many of the ascents he claims were many other climbers goals, and this can be very demotivating. An example - the climbers who were trying A Muerte prior to Rich's 'first ascent' probably never tried the route again once the prize of the first ascent had be claimed. What a shame if Rich's claim was false to have stolen that motivation from other climbers. If he has done the routes, good for him, but claiming to be a world class climber without any proof is eventually going to come back and bite you in the arse.

Not news, because I think Rich may have already had far more than his fair share of media coverage.

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#14 Re: simpson vanishes...
November 06, 2010, 09:40:28 am
Cheers for clarifying your point Percy.
Not news in my opinion. Why should somebody getting dropped by their sponsors get any news coverage?
The mainstream press features regular stories about which footballer/media whore has been dropped by which shaving products/expensive underwear company. It's not BIG news, but still news. I'd say this is the equivalent within our rather small and sad climbing world.

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I couldn't care less if he is genuine or a bullshitter. What pisses me off is that many of the ascents he claims were many other climbers goals, and this can be very demotivating. An example - the climbers who were trying A Muerte prior to Rich's 'first ascent' probably never tried the route again once the prize of the first ascent had be claimed. What a shame if Rich's claim was false to have stolen that motivation from other climbers. If he has done the routes, good for him, but claiming to be a world class climber without any proof is eventually going to come back and bite you in the arse.
Agree with all of this completely. In fact forget I ever asked, I'm off to eat a croissant.



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#15 Re: simpson vanishes...
November 06, 2010, 10:25:18 am
I agree about presenting the evidence to back up your claims. Not an issue if you just climb for the fun of it and happen to be a beast, but if you have sponsors and actively seek media coverage then it's a little different. FWIW, I think Simpson probably is genuine (about the climbing at least).


The vid of him training for AD and the clips of him doing sections of it demonstrate that if nothing else then he was about capable of that level. I'm not saying for a second that it proves he did it, just that he probably was probably strong enough and not a total si o'connor.
« Last Edit: November 06, 2010, 10:33:15 am by lukeyboy »

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#16 Re: simpson vanishes...
November 06, 2010, 11:10:52 am
Si O was pretty strong too.

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#17 Re: simpson vanishes...
November 06, 2010, 11:57:04 am
Si O was pretty strong too.

Fair enough, didn't realise that.

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#18 Re: simpson vanishes...
November 06, 2010, 12:19:20 pm
And I note that UKC ratified his 4 minute mile, obviously researched thoroughly as it was a NEWS item.

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#19 Re: simpson vanishes...
November 06, 2010, 12:55:05 pm
Si O was pretty strong too.

No he wasn't. See John Watson's hilarious clip of him on the mighty "Atlantic Bridge" (V14 >> V4)

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#20 Re: simpson vanishes...
November 06, 2010, 04:26:06 pm
Performing sections of AD for the camera is not that difficult - apparently there is no move harder than Font 7b/+ on the whole route. Redpointing AD though is a totally different animal. Put another way, even I could theoretically make a film of me linking bits of AD, but I would struggle to redpoint 8a these days.

The film of him doing lots of one armers is impressive, but ability at specific training exercises is no indication of any ability for rock climbing (there is plenty of evidence for this :lol:)

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#21 Re: simpson vanishes...
November 06, 2010, 04:59:47 pm
No he wasn't. See John Watson's hilarious clip of him on the mighty "Atlantic Bridge" (V14 >> V4)

Where might one find this video? Searches of youtube, vimeo and here didnt turn anything up...

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#22 Re: simpson vanishes...
November 06, 2010, 05:00:45 pm
Why should somebody getting dropped by their sponsors get any news coverage?

Are you speculating that he was dropped or do you know that for a fact. He may have resigned.

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#23 Re: simpson vanishes...
November 06, 2010, 05:03:12 pm
There is that video of him climbing pinky perky at 8B in the school room though?

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#24 Re: simpson vanishes...
November 06, 2010, 05:10:47 pm
No he wasn't. See John Watson's hilarious clip of him on the mighty "Atlantic Bridge" (V14 >> V4)

Where might one find this video? Searches of youtube, vimeo and here didnt turn anything up...

Here, but it's from StoneCountry originally.

Si O's been seen doing relatively awkward stuff.

There's a vid of Simpson on Staminaband (?) somewhere