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danhelmstadter

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Definitely, Pervertical.

 

"I felt, in the past, 'Oh, things are so good, I'm afraid that they might go away.' But, now that time is passing, I actually see that it's OK for things to go away and I'm even more free."

 

Two of the most beautiful faces in North America.

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"...all alone with the wind, the ravens, and my team of photographers. My self infatuation remained unshakeable long after I returned to the horizontal world..."

 

:grlaf:

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Don't forget "driver" SS, she was a passenger in that brief truck shot. I agree, some of the voice over was challenging, but some of that footage was really wonderful.

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Don't forget "driver" SS, she was a passenger in that brief truck shot. I agree, some of the voice over was challenging, but some of that footage was really wonderful.

 

The footage was definitely cool and nobody disputes the skills. I just can't bear the pretension of modesty and accompanying faux-spirituality. Just shut up and climb already.

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Dean and Steph are definitly badass and have accomplished some amazing and mind boggling solos, but I agree, man. I mean all this bullshit about I solo because it makes me free and unfettered like eagles and the wildflowers in the wind is so fucking hypocritical when you're climbing with the digi in your face.

 

I'd have more respect if they dropped the pretense and were like, "I solo this shit because I'm badass," like Riordan or Bachar.

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How did they get those wide shots of her climbing the crux section without getting the two camera guys on the fixed lines in the shot??? Did they make her climb it twice? Did they wear camo? Or did they have some high end video production skillz?

 

SS, you called it, man.

 

But, she is still beautiful despite the hot air effusing from her pores. Hopefully they paid her well enough (so she can climb more and work less) to offset the gags and giggles from the peanut gallery over her commentary. She may have said these things, but they are just sound-bites from what is probably a much longer discussion. Bold statements like that accompanied by melodramatic camera work and cheesy background music (Crimson in Clover??) contrasted with her doing something truly awesome is bound to make us climbers throw up.

 

It would have been better to have little to no sound during the climbing and longer shot duration to appeal to my tastes. But then again, I'm not going to buy this video to begin with, so who gives a flying f_

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I'd have more respect if they dropped the pretense and were like, "I solo this shit because I'm badass," like Riordan or Bachar.

 

Word. I was thinking the same thing.

 

You mean you didn't like the Alpinist piece where she quoted Christina Aguilera lyrics and described the spiritual enlightenment and egoless state derived from an unelaborated vaguely alluded to personal crisis that created a tortuous personal introspection that caused her to jump from airplanes in fancy suits and ultimately led to a solitary personal journey up the Diamond with two different photographers and which begat the death of the ego and the self?

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Then there's that book she wrote that was all "I dated Dean, and then I dated Kennan, and now I married Dean and he's my soulmate for life" and almost as soon as it's published she divorces Dean. The next edition is gonna have some interesting revisions.

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Speaking of overwrought figurative language, how about the new Alpinist. Some of the writing is so BAD its seriously humorous. In particular, one published fictional "story," written by a female contributor, is extremely high cheese content soft-core climbing porn. Must be difficult to find content these days.

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She may have said these things, but they are just sound-bites from what is probably a much longer discussion.

 

Viewed as a whole, her long discussions are just as awful as the sound bites that compose them. They are fractally intolerable.

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Speaking of overwrought figurative language, how about the new Alpinist. Some of the writing is so BAD its seriously humorous. In particular, one published fictional "story," written by a female contributor, is extremely high cheese content soft-core climbing porn. Must be difficult to find content these days.

 

That's just the same as Alpinist X though.

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it's impossible to talk 'bout climbing w/o sounding like a schmuck - that's why spray is the biggest forum here and the biggest thread there is about fucking cats and the muir hut :)

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When Charlie did it he basically couldn't sit staring at the fire thinking about having just broken up with a gf any longer and just disappeared, wouldn't bet for sure even he knew what he was going to be doing beyond not sitting there any longer (and no, I wasn't with him to know for sure, but climbed [briefly] with him not long before and heard the tale through mutual friends and that's the story they told). Can't really fathom the staged commercial version, but then there was no money to be had back then for just climbing well. But, if that's all you're going to do, the money has to come from somewhere.

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i like how she chapsticks up 'fore the big send!

 

wouldn't want chapped lips when you have to smooch ass to sponsors right after that send..

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Can't really fathom the staged commercial version, but then there was no money to be had back then for just climbing well. But, if that's all you're going to do, the money has to come from somewhere.

 

She should get Ivan to write her script then instead of the losers she has doing it now.

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"the fear is the danger."

 

NICE!

 

i like how she chapsticks up 'fore the big send!

 

You know you do the same thing. :lmao:

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She should get Ivan to write her script then instead of the losers she has doing it now.

"my gawd, i'd hadn't been so thrilled since i first got fucked in grade-school!"

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The official script was written some time ago:

 

Y'know, I'm just happy to be here and hope I can help climbing. I just want to give it my best shot and good Lord willing, things'll work out. Gotta climb'em one day at a time, Y'know...

 

 

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