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Mick Ward 04 Feb 2020
In reply to purplemonkeyelephant:

Maybe they'll take a look at Bare Faced Grills next!

Mick

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AndyC 04 Feb 2020
In reply to purplemonkeyelephant:

I have met Børge Ousland - he's The Man!  

No time for social media wannabee hype!

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subtle 04 Feb 2020
In reply to purplemonkeyelephant:

Thanks, I enjoyed that

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Dell 04 Feb 2020
In reply to purplemonkeyelephant:

We all know people like this. 

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Iamgregp 04 Feb 2020
In reply to purplemonkeyelephant:

I read this this morning and was going to post here too, glad I searched first!

What load of absolute horseshit this fella has been spouting.  I'm really glad that an organisation as reputable as Nat Geo have called him out on this.

I know they do programmes with Bear Grylls and he's a bit of a blowhard, but he's not in the same league as this guy.

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Andy Hardy 04 Feb 2020
In reply to purplemonkeyelephant:

Wow. I assume they have a crack team of lawyers at their disposal! (have to say I'd not heard of O'Brady before)

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Wanderer100 04 Feb 2020
In reply to purplemonkeyelephant:

I'd be interested to hear what our resident Antarctic expert, Damo, has to say about this. 

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Doug 04 Feb 2020
In reply to Wanderer100:

he's quoted in the article

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Fredt 04 Feb 2020
In reply to purplemonkeyelephant:

“O’Brady needs to be called out for his false claims,” says writer Jon Krakauer.

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pasbury 04 Feb 2020
In reply to purplemonkeyelephant:

I’m sure O’Brady had a jolly adventure, that’s not the problem is it? It’s spin and what you claim.

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DaveHK 04 Feb 2020
In reply to purplemonkeyelephant:

Is it still schadenfreude if the misfortune is deserved and the 'victim' comes across as a bit of a knob? Or is it something else I'm feeling?

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Wanderer100 04 Feb 2020
In reply to Doug:

Got it. Right at the end of the article!! 

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jon 04 Feb 2020
In reply to Doug:

> he's quoted in the article

.... and he's got a glacier named after him too! How cool is that?

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kamala 04 Feb 2020
In reply to Wanderer100:

A really interesting post, as ever, from Damo here:

https://www.ukclimbing.com/forums/expedition+alpine/colin_obrady-698069?v=1#x8920645

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TobyA 04 Feb 2020
In reply to Wanderer100:

I guess you've worked it out by now "our" Damo is Damien Gildea! So he's quoted through the article. This is why when Damo comments on one of my gear reviews I take his thoughts very seriously! Not many people who can drop into conversation lines like "yeah, its a pretty good bag to -40 but I wouldn't push it much beyond that"!

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Frank R. 04 Feb 2020
In reply to kamala:

I remember reading Gildea's blog post about it - it was great! I just had a bit of a deja vu with this new NatGeo article, as I thought "I know that, having read about it somewhere, about a year ago", so thanks for the reminder 

It's a sad state of things when marketing triumphs over genuine achievements like Ousland's and others.

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kamala 05 Feb 2020
In reply to Frank R.:

You're welcome. 

It's always a pleasure to read well-written posts that show such a depth of knowledge as Damo's do, so they tend to stick in the mind...

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DaveHK 05 Feb 2020
In reply to purplemonkeyelephant:

Quite liked this passage from the article:

"creating criteria for ever-more finely sliced accomplishments and using subtle new qualifiers to claim sponsor- and media-friendly “firsts.”"

This is nothing new, I've boasted for years about being the best climber on my street.

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Wiley Coyote2 06 Feb 2020
In reply to jon:

> .... and he's got a glacier named after him too! How cool is that?


How cool? Well bloody freezing, I suppose

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Wanderer100 12 Feb 2020
In reply to purplemonkeyelephant:

BBC article about the 1996 Antarctic crossing  by Borge Ousland.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/stories-51449493/crossing-antarctica-solo-a-lonely-journey-across-the-ice

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jon 13 Feb 2020
In reply to Wiley Coyote2:

> > and he's got a glacier named after him too! How cool is that?
> How cool? Well bloody freezing, I suppose

Though warmer than a few years ago, obviously...  

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AlanLittle 13 Feb 2020
In reply to jon:

Exactly. Nowhere near cool enough these days!

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DaveHK 14 Feb 2020

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