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11/16/2012

Adieu Patrick Edlinger

Patrick Edlinger, nicknamed Le Blond for his long golden hair, was simply one of the best climbers of his day and was one of the great French climbers who ushered in the sport climbing age of bolts and hard redpoint routes. Edlinger was also a minimalist climber who often worked up dizzyingly high cliffs without a rope, climbing with precision and purity.

Patrick was the central climber in several French climbing films, usually free-soloing airy routes in his beloved Verdon Gorge (Gorges du Verdon) a few miles from his home as well as at Buoux. Edlinger became famous after being featured in the 1982 film La Vie au bout des doigts, cranking hard routes at Buoux, one of the world's first sport climbing areas.