Renan OzturkMAN OF THE MONKEYS
IN CLIMBING, MOST PEOPLE REDUCE THE SPORT TO WHETHER OR NOT you reach the top. Renan Ozturk, however, believes that style makes the experience worthwhile, even if it comes at the expense of reaching the summit. This happened last year when Ozturk, Nick Martino and Micah Dash, in order to move quickly, left their ice gear at base camp and blitzed Nameless Tower, Pakistan, to the last few pitches where they were stopped by, you guessed it, ice. Still, being light and moving quickly up remote alpine stone is what drives Renan Ozturk. In fact, style drives almost every lifestyle sport—whether it’s surfing, skiing, or skateboarding, it’s not just about riding it out, it’s about how refined execution gets you where you want to go.
You went to Colorado College, in Colorado Springs. Why does that school turn out so many good climbers?
Where does your style of art come from?
Do you ever go sport climbing?
Which area has a better scene, Yosemite or Indian Creek?
Are there more people climbing alpine big walls these days?
What the heck is a Monkey?
Can anyone become a Monkey?
What do you think are the craziest projects in the world-—futuristic, but doable?
How is it climbing full time?
What is more important, style or objective?
Do you think your light-and-fast ethic was the reason you were denied the summit of Nameless Tower?
You say style is more important than the objective, but you also didn’t summit. If you could do it over again, is there anything you would change?
Do you regret not reaching the top?
“I was completely detached from the world below. There was nothing but climbing. No goal, no future, no past. I was climbing in the here and now. One swing of the ice axe after the other, one step after the other.”read more
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