/ Steve House short film
Pretty pushy route to solo.
Nice quotation from Rilke.
> Nice quotation from Rilke.
I liked that too
Agreed. I can name a few British activists who insist on spoiling nice vids with annoying clunky whirry ambient so-called music in the background. It's just mind litter.
Interesting as I thought it was a load of cheesy drivel and want those five minutes of my life refunded
I thought the film was good looking although I have some of the same cynical British reserve about the words that others have expressed more forcefully. As a keen ice climber, soloing that looks pretty nuts. No harness and no umbilicals to your tools, that's commitment!
Who knows what route it is?
Steve House went through some pretty deep introspection after Nanga Parbat. His fall from Mount Temple five years later saw him go through another pivotal period of self-reflection. Two decades of putting your life on the line, "again and again" as he says repeatedly in the film, is going to weigh heavily on your mind. I don't think it's fair to judge someone like that unless you've been to those same highs, and depths.
>... although I have some of the same cynical British reserve.
Toby, I would not write off skepticism or considered dislike of this twaddle so apologetically. I thought the last quarter was OK but the rest was tired, self-indulgent, try-hard twaddle. Sounded like he looked deep inside himself and found a Mark Twight article from 1993 to read out loud. The 'climber as mystic' schtick is worn, and was rarely done well anyway. As usual, Messner is to blame.
Everything you need to know about Nietzschean uberalpinism can be found here:
and I quote: "At this point, I need you to know that Iíve had many women. Iíve also climbed many mountains, but itís always been a choice between the two. Iíve never expected a woman to understand the fathomless depths of my tortured existence. As a child, I played with trucks and swords."
Taking the film in isolation, I agree with you. I think he's someone with a lot to say, but it often gets over-thought and lost in cliche. It's the experiences and the fallout from them that are important here, and for that you need to look beyond many of the words and much of the image.
If you keep choosing to confront death like Steve House has, and you yourself don't quite understand why, you're probably quite likely to reach for some fairly overwrought forms of utterance. Fair enough.
> If you keep choosing to confront death like Steve House has, and you yourself don't quite understand why, you're probably quite likely to reach for some fairly overwrought forms of utterance. Fair enough.
It's a great short film showcasing some crazy kit as well as House's deep existential agony ; )
Why not! Watch it and feel the torment of the soloist ; )
brilliant. ohh the pain.
Although Mick Fowler would probably write: "the last pitch of the day was more than a little challenging, fortunately though it was Victor's turn to make the tea at the bivvy whilst I enjoyed the view." :)
Excellent observation. Except you are not fair to MF: he would have left out the phrase 'more than'....
> Sounded like he looked deep inside himself and found a Mark Twight article from 1993 to read out loud.
That made me laugh out loud!
Deserves tw*tting. Obviously.
Would make a good Calvin Klein advert.
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