There are always goals, if not expectations about how you want to, or are going to climb. I've always had goals. I often aim high, as do my compatriots. When you aim high you are likely to fall far as we all did to some degree. Initially, success was illusive, yet, as we accepted our failure and let go of our expectations we started to have more fun. The hell with the grades or specific problems you want to do. Just go climb and have fun. I find that when I let go of desire for success and completion that things flow and I enjoy the experience more.
The end of our trip was the best, the last two weeks really. There was enough time for us to really gel with a fantastic group of people. Upon returning home and reflecting on our interpersonal experiences, I nearly shed tears. Our crew ended up being " The Mantanans". We're a bunch of fucking clowns really. Riding the crest of social acceptability and generally being ridiculous. As is tradition. Bring the Ruckus, what fun is being serious? Stir some people up. Send some ripples. Make people question what fun or funny really is. And be that guy that kicks problem dogs. On that note. Specifically, people should not let their dogs run free in the table lands. Dog parties result in far more impact than climbers and very few climbers are responsible enough to pic up shit.
Ripples and Cripples-FREEStone-- Here it is folks. This is for the deaf ears that all of my comments fall on!!! Every bit of advice or commentary I have offered has fallen on DEAF ears. I will tell you now that even though our crew is an Esoteric shadow in the climbing community, we give a shit. We care which is why we make NOISE!! I care about the safety and well being of the climbing community. That's why Dean and I have invested hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars replacing anchors and bolts. I don't need any recognition for my deeds, nor do I need to stroke my ego. Clip with confidence my friends, because you can!
Ro Bot, our friend, Who just go done with a three month bouldering trip decided to pay the Freestone a visit the other day. We have all bouldered extensively, indoors and out. I have not suffered and ankle injury in a long time. Because I/ we take the time to make my landings safe and we SPOT each other. That is how people stay safe. Crevices or edges are the biggest hazards for ankles and should be avoided at all cost specifically in a gym. Well Rob pitches off the top of the concave wall right into a seam that was not covered and BREAKS his ankle. The likelihood of Rob breaking his ankle or even twisting it had he landed on a congruent is slim to none. The Velcro that is supposed to hold the two edges of blue matte together was not fastened. There was no accident report written up, and the employee who was helping Rob had the audacity to ask Rob how the problems were in regard to a previous negative post on this blog. All the while the owner of the gym looked on and didn't even apologize for the gyms negligence. Needless to say our jaws were on the floor. So I headed to the gym last night to investigate and climb. Sure enough, the same seam that Rob broke his ankle in has not been fixed and is still a gaping ankle trap, waiting for another unsuspecting victim. Its like having a hole to twist your ankle in. Not a difficult concept. I was astonished as I watched people narrowly miss the ankle monster. So as a good patron and someone who GIVES A SHIT, I say to the owner, " hey, you guys should really fix that seam, my buddy broke his ankle yesterday" and the response I get, " Oh did he break it?, yeah that'll happen cracks or not". There was no remorse, no, oh yeah we will fix that. GROSS NegliGEnce. I was so astonished by how thoughtless and stupid his comment was I turned around an left. Fix the problems in your gym or people will continue to get hurt? And its your fault!!!
To all of those who will read this. I'm looking out for the safety of the people who do not recognize these hazards. Its is my duty as a leading member of the climbing community to point out flaws when I see them and call it like it is. I don't care if you don't like me or this blog. Read facts and uncensored media here, Where we care and aren't afraid to be assholes and ruffle some feathers and send some ripples through the pond!!