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bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Mar 28, 2013 - 09:41pm PT
SEALs are not common or normal. They are unusual flukes in the types of people we would task with the job of dropping EVERYTHING on a minutes notice to obey their orders from the Pentagon.

This is not like doing bong-hits and soloing Half Dome. These SEALs have to live life on the edge. And their families do too!

They have to go on a moments notice! They have to go into combat instantly. They have to be ready!

Potter? John Long? Bachar? Braun? I don't think so.

But of those 4, Werner might be best adjusted.....

ms55401

Trad climber
minneapolis, mn
Mar 28, 2013 - 10:56pm PT
Being a SEAL is also a head-game that Potter would probably sh#t his pants in.

biggest involuntary laugh of the month, made my month for sure. thanks
WBraun

climber
Mar 29, 2013 - 12:17am PT
Potter WILL make your head spin Blue .....
Blakey

Trad climber
Sierra Vista
Mar 29, 2013 - 04:29pm PT
I was once introduced as 'An Outstanding American' by my Commanding General.

The audience figured I was a Brit - Doh!

Steve
Jebus H Bomz

climber
Peavine Basecamp
Mar 29, 2013 - 04:34pm PT
Potter? John Long? Bachar? Braun? I don't think so.

Riiiggghhht.
Blakey

Trad climber
Sierra Vista
Mar 29, 2013 - 04:36pm PT
As to whether or not top notch climbers would be good in combat......

Well, some would, but being good at either doesn't guarantee you would be able to cope with the other. When you're climbing you might think the mountain is trying to kill you - but of course it isn't....

When you are in a dirty fire fight you know the bastards on the other side are trying to kill you and IMHO you have much less control over the outcome.

Some folks get habituated to either and cope admirably, and at one level some of the characteristics are the same. But I wouldn't put a lot of money on all hot shot climbers being any use in a trench.

Steve
Don Paul

Big Wall climber
Colombia, South America
Mar 29, 2013 - 04:51pm PT
It's just an old Russian tank, there's hundreds of them everywhere. It's dangerous to take one step off that road. The whole place is a minefield and there are red markers that mean it hasnt been cleared. Afterwards my friends told me never to do this again, since the tanks may be booby trapped. In fact, Afghanistan has part of the Hindu Kush and it would be a great destination for climbing, except for the land mines. The insurgents like the mountains too.
Dave Kos

Social climber
Temecula
Mar 29, 2013 - 05:41pm PT
It's true, Navy Seals never know when they will be called to attack some guy smoking drugs and watching porn at a house in the suburbs.

And the really good ones only lose one multimillion-dollar helicopter in the process.
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Mar 29, 2013 - 06:06pm PT
Your timing on your insults is perfect.

http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/03/29/17520371-member-of-seal-team-6-killed-another-seal-injured-in-parachute-accident?lite

Just the training is dangerous enough.

Sombody cratedrs almost every other class at HALO school.
Dave Kos

Social climber
Temecula
Mar 29, 2013 - 06:42pm PT
HALO?

Ohhhh....badass-sounding military acronyms!

I was in the XVIII Airborne Corps...never did HALO, but I jumped out of a few planes.


So someone in the military died today?

How about we post a news story about every American that gets killed on the job?

http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2012/09/24/americas-10-most-dangerous-jobs/#photo-2

My father had job #9 on the list. He knew a few guys that got killed on the job.

He worked hard and risked his life to provide a useful service. A service that you are using right now as you stare a this screen. A service that is certainly more relevant to the security and safety of Americans than killing some tribesmen on the other side of the world.

Yup, just a few days ago:

http://www.turnto10.com/story/21777655/verizon-line-worker-killed-in-charlestown-industrial-accident

But electrical workers, and roofers, and taxi drivers don't kill brown people with expensive machines. They don't get the "hero" label. They just risk their lives every day to support our economy and provide for their families.

I do respect the the military. I respect anybody that has a tough job and does it well. But the idea that people in the military are more altruistic than others is bullsh#t.

With every job, people choose what they do for their own reasons.


TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Mar 29, 2013 - 08:02pm PT
You never did it,

in the dark

from 35,000 feet

in close formation with for or five others

with a 100 lb pack between your legs.

and opened at 1,000 AGL or less
Dave Kos

Social climber
Temecula
Mar 29, 2013 - 08:04pm PT
Never said I did.


But you know a lot of about this stuff!

Tell us your personal tales of military courage!

How many episodes of "Surviving the Cut" did you watch from your couch?
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Mar 29, 2013 - 08:10pm PT
Never said I did.


But you know a lot of about this stuff!

Tell us your personal tales of military courage!

How many episodes of "Surviving the Cut" did you watch from your couch?


Um, you don't have to be a SEAL to appreciate how grueling their training and missions are. They have to organize missions at the drop of a hat from the DOD/CIA. They are constantly ready to go, and with amazing professionalism/integrity/clarity.

They are the best. The British SAS is pretty close though.

Lithuanians are supposed to be "crazy" hardcore too!
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Mar 29, 2013 - 08:17pm PT
My boy throws airborne pukes off his plane for a living almost weekly.

Worked the HALO school for a month or two as well.

As an electrician and electrical contractor I worked hot circuits for years,all the way to 12KV.

Nothing compares to what these guys do just for practice.

BTW Seals, or Berets don't have to pass or even take that class to keep their jobs.

The AF TAC guys do.
graniteclimber

Trad climber
The Illuminati -- S.P.E.C.T.R.E. Division
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 29, 2013 - 08:43pm PT
Um, you don't have to be a SEAL to appreciate how grueling their training and missions are. They have to organize missions at the drop of a hat from the DOD/CIA. They are constantly ready to go, and with amazing professionalism/integrity/clarity.

They are the best.

Word.
graniteclimber

Trad climber
The Illuminati -- S.P.E.C.T.R.E. Division
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 29, 2013 - 08:46pm PT
I do respect the the military. I respect anybody that has a tough job and does it well. But the idea that people in the military are more altruistic than others is bullsh#t.

You want altruism? Join the Peace Corps and send us a postcard.
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Mar 29, 2013 - 08:52pm PT
Yeah, American military troops are very professional. Sometimes too much so for my taste, but they are the best.

Know why? Because nobody else does anything! We have to go first and catch all the BS criticism.

F*#k everybody else and our detractors. I can count on one hand the military troopers I have respect for.

Australia, Canada, France, Britain, Lithuania. O.k., Israel too....
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Mar 29, 2013 - 11:09pm PT
Speaking for myself I would be wary about going up against a bunch of Rooskie Spetsnaz.
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Mar 31, 2013 - 11:09am PT
Speaking for myself I would be wary about going up against a bunch of Rooskie Spetsnaz.

Oops, yeah, the spetznaz dudes are on par with our SEALs. Those dudes are tough!
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Mar 31, 2013 - 02:29pm PT
Well coz, I recall a comment by a SEAL about a butane lighter, so I am not so sure about your promotion comment, but I know it was a by product of testosterone fueled bravado.

Certainly they are our best, and their training is rigorous.

They are a precision scalpel in a very large tool box.



Kos' link seems to dead end at #10 (taxi driver).
I wonder if "climbing guide" is on the list. Seems to me that it exceeds the fatality rate of crab fishing.
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