I'm Feelin Like Writing A TR...Its Been A While..I'm Nervous

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micronut

Trad climber
Topic Author's Original Post - Jul 9, 2013 - 03:50pm PT
The creative juices are flowing. The story is a good one. But I find myself a bit timid at the wheel. The words just aren't there yet. I'm ready to tell my tale but I'm having trouble pulling the trigger. The adventure was pure. The end a nail biter. I just need the time and the vibe to bring it all together. Here are some of the elements of the story:

First El Cap Attempt
A year of Wall Prep and Training
New Friends
Amazing Photography
Old Friends
Supertopoian Encounters
Bears
Dehydration
Fear
Success
Mark Hudon
Failure
Injury
Pending surgery
Post wall depression
Re-kindled stoke that a million armies could never suppress

So come on Supertopo...help me out...I need inspiration to get this thing done. Stay on me....I want to give the masses what the masses want. A Trip Report that will go down in history. I want to be rich and famous and garner the adoration of hundreds of strangers on the internet who hang out in the day arguing over politics instead of climbing. This will be my opus. I believe it is time to sing. Help me find my tune. I will not let you down.

Until then,

MNut Out.

Macronut and Micronut.  Pitch Two of Lurking Fear
Macronut and Micronut. Pitch Two of Lurking Fear
Credit: LuckyNeck







S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Jul 9, 2013 - 03:51pm PT
Can't wait to read it!!!
Gene

climber
Jul 9, 2013 - 03:54pm PT
What! No mullets?

Your TRs are a joy. I hope you soon find your Muse. We need your brand of amusement.

g
Elcapinyoazz

Social climber
Joshua Tree
Jul 9, 2013 - 03:56pm PT
Stop being a layabout nancyboy and start pounding them keys, these things don't write themselves you know. Fat doob will cure the nerves.

Hop to. Chop chop. Get to crackin'. Order up.
socialclimber

Trad climber
CA
Jul 9, 2013 - 03:57pm PT
Just like riding a __.

Can't wait to read a TR!

Charles
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Jul 9, 2013 - 03:58pm PT
Here's what I do (after suitable simmering in the pot of crock)...

sort your images, pick the first one, write the words above that picture, continue to the next one. Relax and let the images and your memories decide upon the words, real time. Don't even try to frame the story, just TELL IT.

Maybe its like that Largo no-thing.... don't stare at your story, don't stare at the paper. Look into your heart and let your fingers do the talking from there.

At least, that's what I do!

DMT
micronut

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 9, 2013 - 04:46pm PT
Ha! You guys are awesome. So much wisdom in these replies. Thanks Dingus. I'll do exactly that tonight. And Sully, so sorry to hear of your loss...your stoke is contagious and your words of affirmation much appreciated. I'll send you my address and look forward to the book. Time to pony up and dip my pen into the inkwell. I have a literary itch to scratch. My 11th grade lit teacher will be proud of what I'm about to create.


Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Jul 9, 2013 - 05:22pm PT
Dingus nailed it.

sort your images, pick the first one, write the words above that picture, continue to the next one. Relax and let the images and your memories decide upon the words, real time. Don't even try to frame the story, just TELL IT.

Cornerstone of all my posts.

You got this buddy. Can't wait.

Mike
Trad is Rad

Trad climber
San Luis Obispo California
Jul 9, 2013 - 05:49pm PT
more than anything make me laugh
Batrock

Trad climber
Burbank
Jul 9, 2013 - 05:59pm PT
Oh come on and just do it. I have been waiting for this ever since you bailed.
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
Nothing creative to say
Jul 9, 2013 - 06:01pm PT
like where this thread is going

needs more pics tho
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Jul 9, 2013 - 06:06pm PT

like where this thread is going

Yeah. . . like just start writing. . . right in this thread. . . a little "riff" at a time. . . then maybe we can jump in and edit it. . . yeah. . .like we could "Go All Wiki On It."

:-)
climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Jul 9, 2013 - 06:16pm PT
I don't care as long as there is a MULLET involved.
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Jul 9, 2013 - 06:16pm PT
Oh, oh, I just noticed my name on that list, this might get ugly...
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Jul 9, 2013 - 06:42pm PT
Looks like you already have an outline; just fill it in.

And don't forget the classic "so there I was".....
msiddens

Trad climber
Jul 9, 2013 - 07:03pm PT
Agreed- more mullets
Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Jul 9, 2013 - 07:09pm PT
We know you can do awesome reports!

Keep the humour and keep humble-----and post photos of humans in scenery, not scenery.
phylp

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Jul 9, 2013 - 07:11pm PT
But this thread is good, too. Like a movie trailer.

The only thing that's missing is a release date...
snowhazed

Trad climber
Oaksterdam, CA
Jul 9, 2013 - 07:13pm PT
Usually what I want to write has already occurred to me during the experience, I just need to go back there and re watch the film.

You'll kill it
guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Jul 9, 2013 - 08:49pm PT
Dam, only Micronut could get 21 hits on something he hasn't even written yet! dah nerve.
Kalimon

Social climber
Ridgway, CO
Jul 9, 2013 - 08:52pm PT
I hope you didn't drop your jumars again . . . cough it up little nut.
briham89

Big Wall climber
san jose, ca
Jul 9, 2013 - 09:05pm PT
Credit: briham89
MisterE

Social climber
Jul 9, 2013 - 09:09pm PT
You bailed on Batrock? No wonder you are struggling with this TR.
micronut

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 9, 2013 - 10:38pm PT
Guido,

I got these screen junkies eatin outta my hand. 21 hits on this little thread......it'll probably be in the hundreds by the time you wake up tomorrow morning. It's just an appetizer for what's to come. This thing is gonna be bigger than Harry Potter part 9.

I'm actually thinking of putting the first paragraph in this thread just to whip yall into a frenzy.

A good Trip Report is 90% PR these days anyway. it takes marketing savvy to stay ahead of Vitaliy, Pellucid Wombat and Hudon these days. I'm all about staying in the 70-90 comments range at a bare minimum with my TR's. It takes work to stay ahead of the scoundrels.

Here's a photo to get folks salivatin.....
Credit: micronut
briham89

Big Wall climber
san jose, ca
Jul 9, 2013 - 10:41pm PT
A good Trip Report is 90% PR these days anyway.

You know what they say... 60% of the time, it works every time.
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
Nothing creative to say
Jul 9, 2013 - 10:47pm PT
That pic looks like someone got pulled over. Just saying, that's a good way to start a trip report.
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Jul 10, 2013 - 06:04am PT
Scrambled up to the ledge at the base of a popular Squamish route one day with another grizzled old guy and found a party already roped up. Young woman on belay, young man on the sharp end.

He was all muscular and wearing a tank top, and when he saw us old guys he started doing a bunch of "stretching" to get ready. Except what he was really doing was flexing his muscles so that everyone present would see how much burlier and manlier than us he was.

But his partner was no fool. She just stared him down and then said: "Stop posing, and send."

Good advice, and applicable here.

Your TRs are great, so stop posing and send!
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Jul 10, 2013 - 07:12am PT
I want to be rich and famous and garner the adoration of hundreds of strangers on the internet who hang out in the day arguing over politics instead of climbing. This will be my opus.
Rich and famous?
Scott, yer already famous around this campfire for humorous Trip Reports, and being rich is way overrated!!!

lookin forward to it,
Tad
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Jul 10, 2013 - 08:36am PT
Follow WML's lead and use music in your TR.

The thread title made me think of this song, maybe there's a place for it in the TR, maybe not.



BTW, your TR's are some of the best out there!
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Jul 10, 2013 - 08:48am PT
This thing has all the build up of a Kevin Costner movie :-D

DMT
Some Random Guy

climber
The Long Slow Road To Nowhere...
Jul 10, 2013 - 06:35pm PT
..I'm Nervous
just picture everyone in their underwear......





















































or Conrad Anker pooping
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Jul 10, 2013 - 07:08pm PT
This is starting to look like the airplane crash thread. All BS and no product.

Just a bump to help meet your minimum post requirement.....
lars johansen

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Jul 10, 2013 - 07:22pm PT
In the words of Ray Bradbury, "throw up, then clean up..."

lars
RyanD

climber
Squamish
Jul 10, 2013 - 07:38pm PT
This is good:

Scrambled up to the ledge at the base of a popular Squamish route one day with another grizzled old guy and found a party already roped up. Young woman on belay, young man on the sharp end.

He was all muscular and wearing a tank top, and when he saw us old guys he started doing a bunch of "stretching" to get ready. Except what he was really doing was flexing his muscles so that everyone present would see how much burlier and manlier than us he was.

But his partner was no fool. She just stared him down and then said: "Stop posing, and send."

Good advice, and applicable here.

Your TRs are great, so stop posing and send!


splitter

Trad climber
SoCal Hodad, surfing the galactic plane
Jul 10, 2013 - 08:53pm PT
I'm Nervous.
Nervousness/worrying = fear "Fear not for I am with you always, saith the Lord."
The words just aren't there yet.
"I can do all things, through Christ Jesus who strengthens me."
But I find myself a bit timid at the wheel.
"For the Spirit God gave us doesn't make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline."
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Jul 10, 2013 - 08:54pm PT
He'll deliver.

The new Master of the TR,
LuckyNeck

Trad climber
the basement of Lou's Tavern
Jul 10, 2013 - 08:55pm PT
for starters you can give me credit for the photo I took of you guys! ha ha ha!
Mark Sensenbach

climber
CA
Jul 10, 2013 - 09:06pm PT
Hunker down and let it fly!
Seamstress

Trad climber
Yacolt, WA
Jul 10, 2013 - 10:00pm PT
Salivating.

BTW I started writing my next TR hoping the actual trip turns out like that.

Anticipation
Anticipation
micronut

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 11, 2013 - 08:49am PT
Yo Luckyneck. I got yer back. Just gave props on that sick photo of yours. I realized Briham89 is in the shot too.

This weekend should gimme some good time to hunker down and write. I'm thinking of putting each new paragraph into its own thread, and starting new threads every few minutes so that I take up the entire front page as a TR marketing bomb to Supertopo.
splitter

Trad climber
SoCal Hodad, surfing the galactic plane
Jul 11, 2013 - 10:59am PT
...take up the entire front page as a TR marketing bomb for Supertopo.
Good idea. Get all the God haters off the front page. Seems like every other day a new thread pops up and all the God haters simply shift from one of dr.f's threads to the new one. The vast majority of the posters on those threads rarely post on any other thread. They have an agenda...to hate, they thrive on it, its their primary focus and motivation. The same dozen or more have been occupying such threads since I started to post here six years ago, and i lurked here for 2-3 years before that. They have no goal other than hate, and they haven't changed one iota. They wreak hate. Smother the front page with climbing oriented threads. Get them douch-bag haters where they belong, somewhere else, there are plenty of militant atheist threads elsewhere on the internet.

Thread after thread directed at so called right-wing causes, but it's the X'ians that they hate. They weave it into their hate filled spew, as if we'er the initiater's of whatever they are hating. In my opinion CMac and the sites Moderater's are as guilty as anyone, they allow them tto thrive. I could start dozens of counter threads, even more over the years, but the handful (3-4) threads that I have started, were climbing topics.

So, Kudos, carry on...

edit: Bro, ya got a gift of lightheartedness and humor, and are a crafty wordsmith to boot, so roll with it.

"A cheerful heart is good medicine." (Proverbs 17:22)
RyanD

climber
Squamish
Jul 11, 2013 - 11:11am PT
...take up the entire front page as a TR marketing bomb for Supertopo.

This would be amazing. Correct me if im wrong but I think there is a limit to the # of TRs that can be on the front page at one time for some, stupid reason.
LuckyNeck

Trad climber
the basement of Lou's Tavern
Jul 11, 2013 - 04:24pm PT
heyyyyyyyyyy
heyyyyyyyyyy
Credit: LuckyNeck
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Jul 11, 2013 - 04:34pm PT
Get going damn it!
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Jul 11, 2013 - 04:40pm PT
Don't forget to use music! It makes TR's so much better!

I hope to be adding my own humble contribution sometime soon. It's been way too long.
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Jul 11, 2013 - 04:46pm PT
I've been remiss too, but with upcoming trips to Tajikistan in August and China in October I'll have no excuses.
limpingcrab

Trad climber
the middle of CA
Jul 12, 2013 - 10:48am PT
Please write it in the third person. I haven't seen one of those yet
JEleazarian

Trad climber
Fresno CA
Jul 12, 2013 - 12:33pm PT
Scott,

Now you're just being a tease. I actually thought this might be that TR. My personal rule is that every disaster, failure or bail results in a good story. I will wait patiently for your next output.

John
PAUL SOUZA

Trad climber
Central Valley, CA
Jul 12, 2013 - 02:00pm PT
Suck it up Sally and git it done!!

Haha :)
micronut

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 19, 2013 - 02:38pm PT
TEASER: TR IN PROGRESS:

It’s 4:00pm in The Ahwahnee Bar. Micronut slides a clumsy hand across the smooth mahogany, between stacks of empty shot glasses towards a fresh fill of scotch, his knuckles still a bit swollen from the last few days of effort. The pretty brunette behind the bar thinks twice before splashing him another pour.
“Whoah there cowboy, lets pull in the reins. You’ve been here since breakfast and the dinner crowd is starting to stare. You don’t want to…….“ He cuts her off and points a chalky finger straight at her.
“Look Sabrina….It’s Sabrina right? “ He asks with a slur.
“You seem like a sweet gal. I got plenty of money, plenty of time and plenty of heartache. My boys are up there on El Cap right now and I’m sittin’ here on flat land with a knee the size of a cantaloupe and a nothing to show for a full year of big wall training other than whole bunch of bail. How bout you just pour.”
She drizzles a few fingers of 25 year old Macallan into a new glass and slides it his way.
“Besides, the whiskey numbs the pain……..”
Brushing some beer nut husks off his chest , he wanders over to the window. He stares out the glass, beyond the lovers in the courtyard and the tourists frolicking in the meadow. Out past the massive oaks and beyond the river. Upward he gazes….up into the seep, hard gray walls above the hotel. Up where he’d rather be. Up where he should be.
Adam or Mark...not sure who....can be seen right out on the edge up in...
Adam or Mark...not sure who....can be seen right out on the edge up in this shot I took from the meadow.
Credit: micronut
Phantom X

Trad climber
Honeycomb Hideout
Jul 19, 2013 - 03:55pm PT
Really good so far! Shades of James M. Cain.
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