In 1975 a young German climber named Kurt Albert started painting small red dots at the base of old aid climbs in the Frankenjura to signify that they had been climbed free, without the use of direct aid. Albert, along with a new generation of strong sport climbers pushed the limits of what was possible and the small red dots, or “Rotpunkt” were added to the lexicon of modern sport climbing. Today, climbers all over the world still say that they “Redpointed” a route when they free it after several tries.
Beyond his contribution to modern sport climbing vocabulary, Albert created some of the most difficult climbing routes in the world – some took over a decade to repeat. In addition, Albert and his close friend, Wolfgang Gullich, created the basis for modern climbing training methods, including the campus board.
Check out his full obituary on PlanetMountain.com.
Dougald MacDonald over at The Mountain World pointed me to this video – absolutely amazing.
Some very cool photos were published on BD’s website. Tommy Caldwell can pull off some amazing stuff.