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Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 12, 2013 - 11:09am PT
Harry, thanks! I hope Nick sees that, should be just what he needed. After our winter epic he said "I never want to climb that again!", looks so much different not frosted over

Anders, thanks. Funny, I specifically didn't go for this one becuase I wanted someone else to have it, but I end up with it anyways... ;)
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Jan 12, 2013 - 08:38pm PT
Did anyone climb at Squamish today? How was it? Sounds like it'll be a touch cooler and breezier on Sunday.
RyanD

climber
Squamish
Jan 12, 2013 - 09:17pm PT
Anders,



Brrrrrrrrrrrr, it was chilly but fun. We got there a little too early I think. Stick to the sunny slabs & ur golden.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 13, 2013 - 12:31am PT
We are still gonna try tomorrow Anders. Looks like it will be chilly...
Captain...or Skully

climber
Jan 13, 2013 - 01:11am PT
It's Winter, you guys... If it ain't in The Sun, You're Done!
Or suffery(!?), anyway. Unless you like that frozen sh#t.
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Jan 13, 2013 - 01:30am PT
Unless you like that frozen sh#t.

It's what we live for.

Well, okay, it's what they live for. I've been living in the US long enough that I've turned into a wussy American. But until I left Canada, "that frozen shit" was the sh#t.
RyanD

climber
Squamish
Jan 13, 2013 - 03:28am PT
Harry just watched that AC vid, cool stuff man. What kind of camera were u packing around BITD when u caught all this awesome footage?
Bruce Kay

Gym climber
BC
Jan 13, 2013 - 10:58am PT
Harry - How'd you transfer all that video to digital? I'm just asking because Paul Berntsens material is all still on tape and is really starting to lose it in quality. I only have VHS copies and I'd really love to get it preserved. I'm sure Paul has some better preserved tape but I know he hasn't had the time or inclination (or money?) to transfer it.

Harry that last tape of yours was sublime. It sure isn't the camera that is key, its the handling and of course the editing and story. Did you ever use sticks or something to steady it? Excellent framing and composition too



By the way, for those blackcomb rock aficionado's ..... Tuesday they're calling for 2200 meter FL , sunny and clam.



I think they mean calm. I really doubt there would suddenly be clams up there.
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Jan 13, 2013 - 01:15pm PT
Keep clam Bruce. HEe hee.

Are you sure about that FL ? The wxoffice is callin' fer a high of 3 in Whizzler on Tues.

Quite chilly here in Van. The ground is froze up.
Bruce Kay

Gym climber
BC
Jan 13, 2013 - 01:18pm PT
Inversion. Theres a huge warm advection ridge off shore trying to push on shore. They claim another one for next week too.

Its looking like a drought maybe.


Anyone up for cragging call me
RyanD

climber
Squamish
Jan 13, 2013 - 01:23pm PT
I think Kieran Relic Nathan n I gonna do some sub zero bouldering up in the bluffs just east of cockburns in an hr or so if u want to scuff the heels on your climbing shoes Bruce your welcome to join.
harryhotdog

Social climber
north vancouver, B.C.
Jan 13, 2013 - 01:31pm PT
What kind of camera were u packing around BITD when u caught all this awesome footage?
Hey Ryan, I'll give the abbreviated history of my experience with video cameras.
In 1985 I bough my first system from jvc, Camcorders were not out on the market yet so your camera was connected to a portable recorder by a cable like this one. My camera was larger than this one and did not include the shorts ( when did it become illegal for males to reveal their quads anyway?) This system weighed 12Ibs and was regular VHS (low quality 240 lines of resolution)I dragged that thing up countless mountains including Waddington.
Credit: harryhotdog



My first camcorder came out a year later in 1986, it was big but weighed in at 5Ibs. It was also regular VHS but considerably lighter and used a mini casette
Credit: harryhotdog



In 1989 super VHS and High8(Sony)came out and it was a considerable improvement with 400 lines of resolution. The Angels Crest vid was shot with this camera which weighed in at about 18 oz.
Credit: harryhotdog



I had a couple of cameras after this but only for size reduction as the format was the limiting factor for resolution.
Then in 1997 the first digital camcorders came out,what a difference. I paid $3700 for this one at that time,they saw me coming. The advantages of the DV format was that you lost no quality from copy to copy unlike analog and the quality was light years better than super VHS.It only weighed 8oz.
Credit: harryhotdog



I used this format untill 2007 when I bought an HD video camera which is unbelievable compared to previous formats.
So as the camcorders got better over the decades the amount of trips I recorded went down exponentially do to life getting in the way. I'm now waiting for that magical software that will convert old footage into HD quality,I think I'll be waiting a long time.
RyanD

climber
Squamish
Jan 13, 2013 - 01:50pm PT
Nice Harry! thanks for the behind the scenes look at hot dog productions®©

That's awesome you were towing those rigs up walls & mountains, really cool to see your camera progression! That first one with the hip recorder must've been a beotch to tow around. Looks like it was worth it though because you have some pretty awesome memories captured.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 13, 2013 - 01:59pm PT
Crazy Harry! I'm so glad i didn't start filming until High 8.

As far as converting to HD check this software out!

http://www.effectmatrix.com/hd-video-converter/index.htm
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Jan 13, 2013 - 02:04pm PT
For bonus points, when was the first film of climbing at Squamish made? What route? (Tricouni not eligible to particpate - sorry!)

Somewhere I think Harry even has film of me climbing, as does Allen A.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 13, 2013 - 02:07pm PT
Was it the grand wall one with Jim Sinclair you showed us at the historical presentation? Can't remember the name...
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Jan 13, 2013 - 02:09pm PT
Not "The Vertical Desert", although apart from CBC news clips of the Grand Wall ascent in 1961, it was probably the first professional movie made of climbing at Squamish, and shown on TV.

As it was -9 in Squamish at 9 AM today, and there are some urgent things to do here, I decided to pass on climbing today. Maybe later in the week, if/when an inversion takes charge.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 13, 2013 - 02:14pm PT
;) thought so Anders. We are going to go check it out, but I'm keeping my expectations low ;)
harryhotdog

Social climber
north vancouver, B.C.
Jan 13, 2013 - 02:28pm PT
Hey Bruce, I have a hardware/sofware sysrem on my computer for converting. I'd be happy to convert any footage you have but if it's high8 I would need the camcorder also. I never used a stick and you can tell most of the time. I never considered myself a cinematographer just a climber who videoed some of his climbs. Now with so much time passed I wish I had put more emphasis on close-up people shots and interviews as that's what people like to see after all these years.
Bruce Kay

Gym climber
BC
Jan 13, 2013 - 02:34pm PT
Thanks for the offer Harry. I have a couple of Berntsen VHS tapes that need preserving ASAP. I'll contact Paul and see if he has something better quality first.


Mike - a cloud layer is just rolling in.... sunny climbing now null and void

also sent you an email re sled
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