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2494 clicks; posted to Sports » on 11 Oct 2018 at 9:05 AM (9 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2018-10-11 07:58:09 AM  
Ugh, no thanks. I watched a film on Dean Potter some years back about him mixing in free climbing and base jumping, to create freeBASE. Some proper sweaty palm moments as you see him over reach and fall.  The worst thing he described was his first attempt to free climb the north face of the Eiger and base jump off the top. He got most of the way up and the weather turned swathing him in cloud, so he couldn't jump as he had no idea what he was jumping into. he had to free climb back down, that's a whole world of nope.

Dean Potter First FreeBase Ascent - Part 1
Youtube Jpo3QiXtcLU
 
2018-10-11 08:08:00 AM  
Boba Fett?
 
2018-10-11 08:30:23 AM  
Kirk was first.
 
2018-10-11 08:46:14 AM  
these star wars movies keep getting less and less related to the original ones
 
2018-10-11 09:04:48 AM  

Tr0mBoNe: Kirk was first.


Captain Kirk is climbing a mountain, why is he climbing a mountain?
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2018-10-11 09:28:37 AM  
I saw TFA title and thought, really, she has some support from somebody?

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2018-10-11 09:31:12 AM  
These articles depress me. The worst thing about getting old is not being able to physically do the activities you used to love. Impossible to fill the void.
 
2018-10-11 09:34:21 AM  
I like heights, and don't get vertigo in real life.  Videos of the process, without being in control, with the camera moving in directions I'm not expecting... Nope.
 
2018-10-11 09:34:30 AM  
It looks like Reese Witherspoon is a fine supporting actress in this film.
 
2018-10-11 09:44:49 AM  
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The only "Free Solo" movie I care about had lightsabers
 
2018-10-11 09:47:04 AM  
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/jumps out of airplanes for fun
 
2018-10-11 09:51:12 AM  
BTW - This is the line in the review where the author lost me:
"It's a superhero movie masquerading as a documentary"
 
2018-10-11 09:51:37 AM  

Ow! That was my feelings!: These articles depress me. The worst thing about getting old is not being able to physically do the activities you used to love. Impossible to fill the void.


I hear ya. I used to love scrambling up lesser hills for fun. Today I'm happy if I can stand up without my knee giving out.
 
2018-10-11 10:12:25 AM  
Those things quit being that impressive for me once I realized that there was a guy with a camera doing everything that the guy in front of the camera was doing.
 
2018-10-11 10:15:05 AM  

yakmans_dad: Those things quit being that impressive for me once I realized that there was a guy with a camera doing everything that the guy in front of the camera was doing.


and then there's the sherpa who carried the guy with the camera
 
2018-10-11 10:18:04 AM  
I wonder if there is some brain abnormality that a small percentage of the population has where they don't feel fear.  This guy, Russians who free climb broadcast towers, etc...

Most humans are conditioned to look at the situation (free climbing something like this) and their survival instincts kick in and go "Nope, you shouldn't do that, its dangerous and you have  a very high chance of dying, and just in case, here is some body paralyzing fear for even thinking about doing that"

So, do people like the one in the article, have that same response and can just ignore it, or do they just not have that response at all?
 
2018-10-11 10:21:17 AM  

Burr: I wonder if there is some brain abnormality that a small percentage of the population has where they don't feel fear.  This guy, Russians who free climb broadcast towers, etc...

Most humans are conditioned to look at the situation (free climbing something like this) and their survival instincts kick in and go "Nope, you shouldn't do that, its dangerous and you have  a very high chance of dying, and just in case, here is some body paralyzing fear for even thinking about doing that"

So, do people like the one in the article, have that same response and can just ignore it, or do they just not have that response at all?


This was actually covered in TFA.

He had a cat scan done and it indeed showed his fear threshold is much higher than a typical person's.
 
2018-10-11 10:25:59 AM  

Burr: I wonder if there is some brain abnormality that a small percentage of the population has where they don't feel fear.


The poet Robert Graves became a rock climber to overcome his fear. It helped that he had George Mallory ("Because it's there.") as his instructor and guide. One of the better climbing stories in Graves's autobiography ("Goodbye to All That") is about climbing Snowdon with Mallory, a woman climber, and the brother of the woman. The brother's keening anxieties were being disruptive as well as annoying so the woman piped up, "Conor, have a bit of wit." At which point, Conor apologized profusely and the climb continued in relative silence.

Before fear kills the mind, it whittles it down to sharp point so you can get things done.
 
2018-10-11 10:31:53 AM  

yakmans_dad: Those things quit being that impressive for me once I realized that there was a guy with a camera doing everything that the guy in front of the camera was doing.


I've never been impressed that someone decided to do something in the dumbest and most dangerous possible way.
 
2018-10-11 10:37:38 AM  

yakmans_dad: Those things quit being that impressive for me once I realized that there was a guy with a camera doing everything that the guy in front of the camera was doing.


The climber does it first and rigs it for the photographer, then he descends and climbs it again while the photog shoots.
 
2018-10-11 10:44:36 AM  
I always understood that climbing like this was difficult, but I didn't realize how difficult until I went to one of those indoor rock climbing places. I'm relatively in shape, but holy shiat, I could barely get up the easiest level of bouldering. And my hands and forearms were burning for days after.

Never mind the fear factor, I just can't wrap my mind around how guys like this are able to pull themselves up using nothing but the very tips of their fingers and make it look like they are just climbing a ladder.
 
2018-10-11 10:56:21 AM  

Obscure Login: I always understood that climbing like this was difficult, but I didn't realize how difficult until I went to one of those indoor rock climbing places. I'm relatively in shape, but holy shiat, I could barely get up the easiest level of bouldering. And my hands and forearms were burning for days after.

Never mind the fear factor, I just can't wrap my mind around how guys like this are able to pull themselves up using nothing but the very tips of their fingers and make it look like they are just climbing a ladder.


The dudes at the rock climbing gym next to my old work could do finger pull ups all farking day. I'm built like a Neandertal, i could work out for 1000 years and never be able to do that.
 
2018-10-11 10:57:14 AM  

The Madd Mann: yakmans_dad: Those things quit being that impressive for me once I realized that there was a guy with a camera doing everything that the guy in front of the camera was doing.

I've never been impressed that someone decided to do something in the dumbest and most dangerous possible way.


Life is dangerous enough even if you lived your entire life in a bassinet. I've never understood the impulse to make it more so. Does rock climbing make you more likely to dash into a burning building to save some one? Or donate a kidney? Or send money for hurricane relief?
 
2018-10-11 11:00:22 AM  

yakmans_dad: Those things quit being that impressive for me once I realized that there was a guy with a camera doing everything that the guy in front of the camera was doing.


In most of "these kinds" of movies you'd have a point. But for this particular one the subject of the film may well be the only human on the planet who could do what he did. I'm no rock climbing expert but I read enough about it to know that what he did was not considered possible by even the very best not very long ago. Anyway, no, the cameraman could not do everything he was doing. Certainly not on the day he did one of the craziest things anyone ever did.
 
2018-10-11 11:13:54 AM  
I gotta be honest with you. I am way the fark out of shape, but if I was, this would interest me. I have no clue how I'd do going *that* high but I have no problem with the basic ideas of climbing. (My childhood home was on the edge of the woods, in a reclaimed quarry. Spent most of my childhood outside.)
 
2018-10-11 11:14:38 AM  

drewogatory: Obscure Login: I always understood that climbing like this was difficult, but I didn't realize how difficult until I went to one of those indoor rock climbing places. I'm relatively in shape, but holy shiat, I could barely get up the easiest level of bouldering. And my hands and forearms were burning for days after.

Never mind the fear factor, I just can't wrap my mind around how guys like this are able to pull themselves up using nothing but the very tips of their fingers and make it look like they are just climbing a ladder.

The dudes at the rock climbing gym next to my old work could do finger pull ups all farking day. I'm built like a Neandertal, i could work out for 1000 years and never be able to do that.


It it really is all about how you are built. I probably would have done better when I was younger and skinnier even though I wasn't as strong.

But even knowing that, it was still tough watching a little kid barely break a sweat on her way up the course that I had just claimed was impossible.
 
2018-10-11 11:18:12 AM  
Example nope:

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2018-10-11 11:24:09 AM  
if i find this in imax i think me, an edible, a large soda, and a bag of popcorn might have a date.
 
2018-10-11 11:46:46 AM  
until now, I thought Dean Cooper had done it before he died.
 
2018-10-11 12:51:57 PM  
I would panic about 20 ft up and fall off, killing myself.
 
2018-10-11 12:53:13 PM  
I also am way the fark out of shape, and the only way I'm climbing El Captain is with a helicopter
 
2018-10-11 01:04:22 PM  

Entertherat: This was actually covered in TFA.


Again, only a small percentage of the population RTFA.  I think it might correspond with the fear threshold.

/at least that is what I tell myself
 
2018-10-11 01:20:56 PM  
I used to think I was in shape until I took my kid to one of those Ninja Warrior Obstacle Course places and tried to follow her around. Granted, I've got a bad shoulder (tore my rotator cuff and labrum in March), but I could barely do anything to keep up with her.

/Youth is wasted on the young
//As to free-climbing, fark THAT noise
///Subby
 
2018-10-11 01:28:35 PM  

robertus: I used to think I was in shape until I took my kid to one of those Ninja Warrior Obstacle Course places and tried to follow her around. Granted, I've got a bad shoulder (tore my rotator cuff and labrum in March), but I could barely do anything to keep up with her.


Sorry about the rotator cuff. You can kiss the next 6-9 months good bye.

/I needed a follow-up surgery so my lost time stretched to a year and a half.
 
2018-10-11 01:46:41 PM  
Meanwhile, at base camp, his team eagerly awaits...
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2018-10-11 02:48:10 PM  
Sky diving, HALOs, scuba brown water diving, handling snakes, all no problem.

Going up 975m with no safety devices seems to me madness.

YMMV.
 
2018-10-11 03:08:06 PM  

2wolves: Sky diving, HALOs, scuba brown water diving, handling snakes, all no problem.

Going up 975m with no safety devices seems to me madness.

YMMV.


I mean, when you think about it, the key is just removing the fear factor, and concentrating on the task at hand.  When you think about it, El Capitan isn't any more difficult a climb when you're 2,000 feet up its face than it is when you're 20 feet up -- it's just that, obviously, the stakes on what happens if you do slip and fall have raised dramatically.  So if you can just not think in those terms, just think it's the same climb the whole way up, and your altitude doesn't matter, then it would be much easier.

/no way in hell I could
 
2018-10-11 03:13:09 PM  
I know the article was a bit overwrought in places, but this line got me.

"...Honnold's sudden, violent death looms over the entire movie like a great spectral fart."

/now, I don't have any climbing experience, but I've got my hubby, so I'm an expert in spectral farts
//so relatable, much smells, wow
///I might shiat my pants watching this movie. Nope: The Movie indeed.
 
2018-10-11 03:24:37 PM  
Sky diving, HALOs

The only thing scary about HALOS (well, civilian HALOS anyway) is freezing your ass off while whatever POS jump plane you're riding in labors on up to 30K.
 
2018-10-11 06:06:42 PM  
Darwin is watching.  Patient chap, that fellow.
 
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