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RIP Patrick Edlinger
November 16, 2012, 09:36:59 pm
According to Le Dauphiné Libéré Patrick Edlinger is dead.  The cause of death is not known
 
http://www.ledauphine.com/france-monde/2012/11/16/escalade-patrick-edlinger-est-mort

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#1 Re: RIP Patrick Edlinger
November 16, 2012, 09:39:32 pm
I posted in reply to 205Chris in the RIP thread but agree this deserves its own - a terrible and shocking loss.

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#2 Re: RIP Patrick Edlinger
November 16, 2012, 09:48:41 pm
Certainly.


Patrick Edlinger & Patrick Bérhault  :wavecry:

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#3 Re: RIP Patrick Edlinger
November 16, 2012, 10:02:13 pm
gutting, another legend gone. rip.

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#4 Re: RIP Patrick Edlinger
November 16, 2012, 11:12:00 pm
RIP. Hattrick Edgeclinger - une legende.

"Bloc"



http://www.rockfax.com/wp-content/uploads/pdfs/quotes.pdf

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#5 Re: RIP Patrick Edlinger
November 17, 2012, 09:23:18 am
Really sad to hear this.  :'(

When I lived in Aix, I climbed a lot round Toulon and was always bumping in to him at the crag. He was a really nice guy, pretty quiet but friendly and fairly humble (unlike a lot of the Parisians).

The term legend tends to get overused these days but, I think Edlinger sort of deserves it for the impact he had on the development of sport climbing into what it is today.

The article doesn't really give much away about the cause of death but the quote "I am a free man, I have no regrets about my life" has an ominous tone about it.  I hope he died happy.

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#6 Re: RIP Patrick Edlinger
November 17, 2012, 10:25:06 am

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#7 Re: RIP Patrick Edlinger
November 17, 2012, 10:26:09 am
That's really sad news. I bumped into him a few times in Australia and the Peak.

He was always friendly and approachable and his contribution to climbing (especially sport climbing) was immense

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#8 Re: RIP Patrick Edlinger
November 17, 2012, 10:47:22 am
Without being middle-aged and having some famiarity with French climbing it's hard to grasp Edlinger's importance in climbing's story.

He was a revolution, as was Berhault in a quieter way. I think his influence measures up alongside Jerry, Bachar, Yaniro, Gullich, Albert. I can't see how you can have free-climbing as it is now (we don't even call it that now, do we?) without the French re-inventing it in the early 80s, and it was Mr Ed who led the way. He was a purist in many ways. And a very bold one at tha,  as Stevie Haston says.

I met him once at Cimai.  He seemed shy actually, amazing considering he became the first media star of the sport with Life on the Fingertips. French climbers will be in a state of shock: he's as iconic as Jerry is here, to them.

« Last Edit: November 17, 2012, 10:58:16 am by mrjonathanr »

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#9 Re: RIP Patrick Edlinger
November 17, 2012, 12:34:05 pm
Fully agree.

Only met him once, verdon 1985.

Soooo much style. Lead the way... I still have a copy of opera vertical.

Sounds like he new his demise was coming, poor bastard.

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#10 Re: RIP Patrick Edlinger
November 17, 2012, 01:30:27 pm
“Tu sais, je suis seul à pouvoir trouver une solution, c'est le combat le plus dur que j'ai jamais mené, comme un solo impossible, mais je vais m'en sortir,” Edlinger told his biographer, Jean-Michel Asselin, about his struggle with alcoholism.

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#11 Re: RIP Patrick Edlinger
November 17, 2012, 01:35:35 pm
This is terribly sad. My French isn't good enough, how did he die?

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#12 Re: RIP Patrick Edlinger
November 17, 2012, 01:57:32 pm
I should really refrain from translating from a language I did not even take in school to one I only learned in School. Anyway, I took it to say roughly:
“That said, I am barely able to find a solution, this is the hardest fight I've had, like an impossible solo, but I'll find a way out.”

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#13 Re: RIP Patrick Edlinger
November 17, 2012, 02:34:26 pm
That said, I am barely able to find a solution,You know, I'm the only one who can find a solution, this is the hardest fight I've had, like an impossible solo, but I'll find a way out.”
Please excuse the liberty of correcting your sentence, it wasn't far off

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Il fut le premier à ériger sa discipline en véritable art de vivre, ouvrant la voie à de nombreux adeptes pour qui l’escalade, le respect de la nature et le dépassement de soi sont devenus une philosophie
Valérie Fourneyron, sports minister   http://www.franceinfo.fr/autres-sports/carnet-patrick-edlinger-est-mort-804983-2012-11-17

''He was the first to raise this discipline to the level of an art to be lived, leading the way for many to follow for whom cllimbing, respect for nature and overcoming of oneself became a philosophy.''    She adds that he was an exceptional man, beloved of the French people, who will be sorely missed.

His body was discovered at his home in La Palud yesterday. The article states his biography is due out in May, and refers to his 95 accident in the Calanques after which he gave up top-level climbing.

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#14 Re: RIP Patrick Edlinger
November 17, 2012, 02:49:00 pm
From http://www.grimper.com/news-patrick-edlinger-mort:
'Patrick Edlinger, celui qui incarne à lui seul l’escalade libre en France, s’en est allé vendredi 16 novembre dans la soirée, lui qui devait fêter jeudi prochain les trente ans de « la vie au bout des doigts » lors des Rencontres du cinéma de montagne de Grenoble. La communauté des grimpeurs, qui souhaitait lui rendre un hommage appuyé, avait imaginé un scénario plus festif même si on le savait pas en grande forme. Ce drame,  qui s’est joué chez lui (les circonstances du décès ne sont pas encore établies), ne laisse hélas que peu d’incertitudes : celui qui a révélé l’escalade au grand public, qui s’est vu propulser au firmament de la notoriété et de la gloire, n’a pu franchir le dernier obstacle qui allait sacraliser sa carrière unique mais aussi le propulser trente ans en arrière. Si les grimpeurs sont définitivement orphelins, Patrick ayant rejoint Patrick, on a tous une pensée particulière pour sa famille et ses proches.'

Looks like he had might have had trouble with alcohol dependence or life/getting older in general - really sad to hear about his death. La vie and Verdon got me into climbing. Met him twice in Cimai when he came to pinch a fag. My climbing partners didn't know who he was and were complaining about the french guy asking for sigarets all day long.

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#15 Re: RIP Patrick Edlinger
November 17, 2012, 02:51:44 pm
Gutted. I had a home-made VHS of that short film about him and used to watch it endlessly, "the rock, it is my house". A true legend.

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#16 Re: RIP Patrick Edlinger
November 17, 2012, 09:05:17 pm
Can you imagine Hugh Robertson ( current Sports Minister in the UK i believe ) mourning the passing of a well known 1980's UK climber ? I don't want to tempt fate by inserting anyone's name in there.

Just goes to show how influential he was and how he was appreciated for his art.

Those vids are great to watch. What a loss.

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#17 Re: RIP Patrick Edlinger
November 17, 2012, 09:27:33 pm
Nice appreciation article on Planet Mountain.

(Which I found via a link on 8a.nu - credit where credit's due)

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#18 Re: RIP Patrick Edlinger
November 18, 2012, 12:15:33 am
Yes, but very confused on the Tribout on Edlinger freak-out regarding the “Spécialistes”

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#19 Re: RIP Patrick Edlinger
November 18, 2012, 11:01:36 am
Yes, but very confused on the Tribout on Edlinger freak-out regarding the “Spécialistes”

I think it was a combination of North v South antipathy, jealousy of Edlinger's media profile, Edlinger working it before the first ascent without permission and the fact he knocked it off pretty quick and downgraded it.

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#20 Re: RIP Patrick Edlinger
November 18, 2012, 05:34:03 pm
That's really sad news. I bumped into him a few times in Australia and the Peak.

He was always friendly and approachable and his contribution to climbing (especially sport climbing) was immense

Don't be shy Rob, tell the boys and girls your Edlinger quickdraw story...

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#21 Re: RIP Patrick Edlinger
November 19, 2012, 07:46:49 am
Multiple Patrick Edlinger videos linked from here.

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#22 Re: RIP Patrick Edlinger
November 19, 2012, 09:56:39 pm
Outcome being... Best rock u can climb... For big sort routes. Epic epitaph. Cheers. Mad memories.. I've done some of those routes.

 :'(

Tears on my iPad.


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#23 Re: RIP Patrick Edlinger
November 20, 2012, 10:26:45 am
Five days after Patricks death was announced and the 'the other channel' still hasn't even mentioned it, they truly are becoming an on-line version of Stumbler and Bumbler,  finger on the pulse ? I dont think so  :wank:

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#24 Re: RIP Patrick Edlinger
November 20, 2012, 10:48:13 am
Five days after Patricks death was announced and the 'the other channel' still hasn't even mentioned it, they truly are becoming an on-line version of Stumbler and Bumbler,  finger on the pulse ? I dont think so  :wank:

Does bashing another website really have any relevance whatsoever to this thread?

Its simple, if you don't like the site, don't use it.

If you do use it and don't like it there's no real need to post your thoughts on UKB as it only detracts from the purpose of the threads here.