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About the Author Climbing Magazine once computed that three percent of Chris McNamara’s life on Earth had been spent on the face of El Capitan—an accomplishment that left friends and family pondering Chris’s sanity. He has climbed El Capitan more than 70 times and holds nine big wall speed climbing records. In 1998 Chris did the first Girdle Traverse of El Capitan, an epic 75-pitch route that begs the question, “Why?”
Outside Magazine called Chris one of “the world’s finest aid climbers.” He is the winner of the 1999 Bates Award from the American Alpine Club and founder of the American Safe Climbing Association, a nonprofit group that has replaced over 5000 dangerous anchor bolts. He is a graduate of UC Berkeley and serves on the board of the ASCA and the Rowell Legacy Committee. He has a rarely updated adventure journal, maintains BASEjumpingmovies.com, and also runs a Lake Tahoe home rental business.
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Just added a video to this article. Sorry for all the random arm waving in the video. Guess I was nervous. And man, i still use a lot of "uhhhs." Won't be getting a TV career anytime soon. Anyways. thanks in advance for the support!
hey there say, chris... can't see the video good, due to dial up for me, ... thanks for posting... enjoyed just catching the beginning...
say, in presentation--and what you noted here, etc, as to your
'style' :) well:
the more you just continue to be your neat ol' self and not get the ol' brain's subconcious all cluttered-up by all the pre-taught antics that:
'make speakers all a clone' of such ways to present stuff, emphasize, and 'reach the audience'
the more natural you will feel (just said THIS as to the nervousness that you mentioned, and the arm-waving, and such--not to say anything against the video showmanship)... :)
say--the VOICE sound great.. good, solid and sincerely YOU, :)
not certain what Neebee is alluding to, but each time i have tried(couple yesterday and today)it stops at precisely the same spot("...the giant")and won't further procede! I have WiFi connection, so it could be related to that. Just thought i would letya know in case others are reporting similar probs.
edit: as far as the "uhms", etc. it's a casual setting and presentation and i would imagine somewhat spontaneous. and all of that(along with the armwaving, etc.)give it a more of a personal, spur of the moment, one on one type of encounter/feel to it. very natural and not contrived. also good that your not wearing sunglasses, you obviously sacrificed those to make eye contact, which also helps connect(imo)!! Kudos...
Thanks for all the hard work Chris. I got another TR in the chamber, just need to pull the trigger. Hey, all the video I shoot and make video TRs of are in vimeo. Any chance the forum will ever support video from vimeo? Its so much better/classier/creative than you tube. I would post more good video directly to the forum if that became an option. Thanks.
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Its time to institute a user-controlled filter system though. Not subforums, just the ability to filter out off topic, or based on a key word, phrase or poster ID.
All posts still go into the same bucket, so to speak, but each user could ladle out only that which they wish to see.
While I don't know the code base for this bulletin board, such a user-controlled interface is like web service 101 in the business world. Its easy to do, though perhaps tedious. If you're going to open up the code to do other things, this filter system would encourage those who can't stand the 'noise' of the (us) regulars, might be encouraged to return to activity?
Even if not, I would on some days only want to see the climbing stuff, other days, full feed. Now that I think about it you could just have the filter control built into the user interface, so the user would manually select the relevant filters on an as-needed basis. Let the cookies remember it from there. "