Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Angler's Inn Bouldering (...with apologies to Tony Bennett)

I broke a promise to myself to get a post in once a week.

On the plus side, I'm still receiving paychecks. As Bill Murray would say "So I got that going for me.....which is nice."

I figure since this is a climbing blog that I should put something up about climbing.

Ben and I went bouldering a few weekends ago on the Maryland side of great falls. It was sunny but there was snow on everything we climbed. This sun also led to significant melt that would drip onto the holds. Combine this with top outs on slushy ice and you have Maryland winter bouldering. This time last year I distinctively remember being in the Queen Creek, AZ area getting a tan.

AZ - Where winter should be spent

Here are a couple videos put together by the lovely Mr. J (also the other climber in this video) over at "Go Big or Go Home".

These routes go as maybe V1 and maybe V3+ at most. I'll admit to the V3 taking 5 tries to send since I was wiping snow off of my hands and shoes in between climbs. This also makes it hard to judge ratings.....surprisingly. (Just skip to the 4:40 mark in the second video to watch me slip on the ice and make an ass out of myself. It's the only redeeming thing to come from that trip)

It should be noted that the musical choices are VERY deliberate. The climbing took place the morning of the super bowl and we were talking about how all the "cool kids" put up videos of them sending V14 with the contractually obligated indie hip-hop song from that band you're not cool enough to have ever heard of.

Nothing against this philosophy. I figure if you can send v14 you can do whatever the hell you'd like with that video. You deserve it. But I still would like to see Woods or Robinson or Pringle or Graham put up a Miley Cryus song maybe with some unicorns and butterfly transitions in their most recent FA of a v13 campus-only problem.

But once Ben had put these videos to share up on "Stalkerbook" he was sent this nice little note:

Hello, We have removed your video entitled "Boulder 13" uploaded at 4:20am February 2nd, 2009. We did this because we learned that your video might include copyrighted material owned by a third party, such as a video clip or background audio. If you are the copyright owner, or have permission from the rights holder to upload and distribute this material on Facebook, you may file a counter notice of alleged infringement by following the link below. "Please note that if you re-upload this video without filing a counter notice, or if you upload another video that infringes on the rights of a third party, our system will again remove the content. This could cause your access to the Facebook Video application to be disabled, or your Facebook account to be disabled. To file a counter notice: XoXo "The Facebook Team"

This cracked me up more then angered me. Of course I see the irony in being brought down by a Tony Bennett song after thinking Vanilla Ice woulda been too damn cliche. Although when I give in and buy a new camera I will post everything on Vimeo. Is there really any other reason besides a larger random viewership to posting on Vimeo instead of YouBoob?

(BTW, I'm this close to just deleting my facebook account simply because of the "status update" bullshit. Fuckin shit, 4 posts in a single day about your hubby washing the poo off of your kid's toes is fucking disgusting. Also every time you go shopping, then get to the shopping mall, then leave the mall, then arrive at home...DOESN'T require a status update!!!)

It's just viral narcissism at it's worst. I've already removed one (supposed) friend because of that shit. I counted and I've got 9 status updates.....IN THE PAST 10 MONTHS.

I know people that won't get through tomorrow afternoon without doubling that. No exaggeration. I'm now checking it twice per week max unless someone actually reaches out to me with a pertinent message.

Sigh....anyways....hence the rationale behind the music in our videos, corny as hell but implied modesty was the ultimate goal.

And I wouldn't have it any other way.

1 comment:

mike said...

Watching you fall off boulder problems makes me wish I was there to call you a little girl to inspire the send.