/ Hidden Talent - Channel 4 - climbing
OK - maybe worth having on in the background while you get on with something more worthwhile...
Come on, don't be miseries, It looks quite good. A nice idea. It might open up a whole new world to these people.
Fair comment - I'll reserve judgement till we get to the ad-break at least.
Nice to have a climbing programme which looks at the detail rather than over egging the drama
Hah - yeah. Must admit I didn't check previous postings on the subject before putting something up. Mea culpa.
> Nice to have a climbing programme which looks at the detail rather than over egging the drama
You wouldn't be referring to a certain Mr Grylls, would you?
Strange programme. I think she might have done something quite impressive, but they did such a good job of hiding it in melodramatic bollox and wrong facts that it was hard to tell.
Well I say fair play to that woman climbing. Good on her.
Look like she might have actually led a bit of the route! That must be a first for these type of shows. Did anyone notice if the gear was preplace? I didn't notice if she set off on her pitch with a rack and didn't see her place any gear... Still either way good effort it's far from the easiest climb in the world.
It looked like led that traverse pitch but it doesn't get a tech grad even so v easy. Still, huge exposure etc. She had gear and I even noticed a runner fell out when they pulled back. I am hoping she led it but H&S checked it all.
Talking about VS without putting it into context is disingenuous at best.
It would appear the route they took is not in the UKC logbook though? Odd.
I would have been more interested in finding out just how hard she could climb.
Obviously the mental aspect is huge in climbing and VS is harder than most people who rock up to the crag for the first time would be able to manage but I'd be more interested in finding out if there were people out there with a physiological advantage for climbing like unnaturally high grip strength and ability to deal with lactic acid build up in the forearms.
Also, it would be interesting to see if anyone naturally uses climbing techniques it takes the rest of us years to learn properly.
There is a link on the Ch 4 site to try out the aptitude Test to see if you would be a good rock-climber which is part psychological/ part physical. Needless to say that I failed both parts so after 40+ years of climbing I finally find that I am useless! I'm off for my Horlicks...
Apparently I'm not cut out to be a climber.
I tried again with some invented answers, and apparently it's because I don't like wild parties and don't want to go bungee jumping.
"Apparently I'm not cut out to be a climber."
Whats the climbing thing(s) youve done that you are most proud of?
> Is it not? It looked like the original route (excluding the 1st pitch) http://www.ukclimbing.com/logbook/c.php?i=30197. Or did you spot some variation that they took?
perhaps it was, i could have been thrown by them not doing the usual first pitch and the grade they gave the route they did.
Not sure 'proud' is the right word to apply to going out and having fun!
Avoiding the question? You really not proud of anything you've climbed?? I could reel off a long list, usually completely unrelated to grades, sometimes even to the climbing.
Just not sure 'proud' is the right word!
Pleased or relieved perhaps depending on circumstance :-)
OK,here's a few
Shark on Lundy - my first and probably last E1 lead, I thought I was on the VS next door so persevered to the top .
Central Buttress on Beinn Eighe, went way off route but rather than lowering off, followed my nose to the top.
Nani on Naranjo de Bulnes, TD- with a V+ crux, had never climbed D before or anything that hard that wasn't bolted.
And strangely proud of getting as far as kitting up at the bottom of Zebra Slabs near Carnmore before the rain stopped play, just because nobody ever climbs there.
Can I have my own Channel 4 series please?
I agree - as I said on one of the other threads. Shame that they had to put on an intimidfating damp seastack rather than something which could demonstrate just how hard she could climb/lead in good conditions.
Again, as I've said on another thread, I thought she showed good technique right from the off. The layback on Merlin, palming down on slabs, footwork etc. Very hard to learn quickly if it isn't instinctive I would guess.
> I agree - as I said on one of the other threads. Shame that they had to put on an intimidfating damp seastack rather than something which could demonstrate just how hard she could climb/lead in good conditions.
> Again, as I've said on another thread, I thought she showed good technique right from the off. The layback on Merlin, palming down on slabs, footwork etc. Very hard to learn quickly if it isn't instinctive I would guess.
I thought that too, some of the wee technique things (casually palming down when she was arriving at one of the belay stances and a couple of other footworky bits) were things you would see a more rounded climber doing, so for 14 days worth of experience thats quite cool.
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