If you've ever been to, or even paid attention to, the 24 Hours of Horseshoe Hell event held in Arkansas at the beginning of Autumn, then you've no doubt heard of Leather and Lace. They are a husband and wife team, Dick Dower and Natalie Neal Dower, from Las Vegas, whose dominance in the event is well documented. Over the years at the 24HHH, they've combined to climb 1,734 routes. Last year alone they each sent 152 routes in 24 hours to combine for an impressive 304 routes.
It's safe to say that, several times, Dick Dower has climbed more routes in 24 hours than you have in an entire season. He's in his 60's.
|Photo from Natalie Neal Dower|
As he says, "I couldn't hold the pinch, so my hand came off before my right foot, thus I fell horizontally, thankfully."
Dick titled his facebook post about the accident "A Cautionary Tale". With the heavy news that Dean Potter and a partner died over the weekend in a Yosemite wingsuiting accident, every cautionary tale is welcome. We can all learn lessons from the mistakes, but that isn't at all what this post is about.
This post is about a comeback.