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RIP, Austin Howell, the freesoloist guy
« on: June 30, 2019, 06:47:53 pm »
I guess he pitched 80ft off something and died... Damn... condolences to family and friends.  He did the freesolist.com website.

https://www.instagram.com/freesoloist/?hl=en

https://www.thefreesoloist.com/mojo

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZEH6uH6wG31WJPxwbRjhDA

BURKE COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV) - A man was killed when he fell approximately 80 feet while rock climbing at Linville Gorge in Burke County Sunday morning, according to officials.
Emergency Management personnel say 31-year-old Austin Howell, of Illinois, was reportedly free climbing “in one of the most difficult portions of the Linville Gorge” just before noon when he fell.
Rescue crews, using rappelling equipment, were able to get to Howell at 1:18 p.m. as other climbers were performing CPR. Howell was pronounced dead at 1:30 p.m.
Officials say rescuers from 15 different agencies utilized equipment and manpower to extricate Howell.
No further information has been released.
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Re: RIP, Austin Howell, the freesoloist guy
« Reply #1 on: June 30, 2019, 10:42:14 pm »
That’s just very sad.  To be honest though, after looking at his social media, I think he was lucky to survive six years of free-soloing.  People like Honnold, Croft and Bachar seem much more mentally dialed-in for that pursuit, by comparison.
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Re: RIP, Austin Howell, the freesoloist guy
« Reply #2 on: June 30, 2019, 10:45:04 pm »
That’s just very sad.  To be honest though, after looking at his social media, I think he was lucky to survive six years of free-soloing.  People like Honnold, Croft and Bachar seem much more mentally dialed-in for that pursuit, by comparison.

I would have to agree... if memory serves, he was bit of a Reardon devotee

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Re: RIP, Austin Howell, the freesoloist guy
« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2019, 10:36:35 am »
We were wondering if he was filming at the time, as he had his channel/etc with all the videos.  Maybe not since it was only 5.10

whoa... he pitched off a 5.10?

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Re: RIP, Austin Howell, the freesoloist guy
« Reply #4 on: July 01, 2019, 11:34:48 am »
That’s just very sad.  To be honest though, after looking at his social media, I think he was lucky to survive six years of free-soloing.  People like Honnold, Croft and Bachar seem much more mentally dialed-in for that pursuit, by comparison.



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Re: RIP, Austin Howell, the freesoloist guy
« Reply #5 on: June 23, 2020, 02:24:24 pm »
That’s just very sad.  To be honest though, after looking at his social media, I think he was lucky to survive six years of free-soloing.  People like Honnold, Croft and Bachar seem much more mentally dialed-in for that pursuit, by comparison.

I would have to agree... if memory serves, he was bit of a Reardon devotee
Might be time for a clear-eyed review of Reardon: cut loose soloist with poor regard for his own life, posing liar or misunderstood rock and roller with a thing for ninja turtles and panties
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