those who can, do. those who can't, post.
and no, this is most certainly not an endorsement of wilful acts of self-indulgent behaviour like cutting down ancient junipers that in NO way can be compared to ontario lions head cedar trees, squamish bush, or east cost maples-rather it is a stinging condemnation of those unable to stay the hand when it comes to rushing to the defence of so-called rebels -when the act of cutting down said junipers is the moral equivalent of mountain top mining in kentucky-it is not rebellion but the ultimate act of conformity of "trading all my tomorrows for a single yesterday"
I don't see why its off route to mock someone who claims ignorance if junipers. Lol lol lol.
I've cut down a f*#king shitload of trees, a f*#king sh#t load! Live trees.
Nary a one was 500 years old. Nary a one was a juniper. Nary a one was on public land. Nary a one would raise the hackles of this group.
I'm still a tree hugger; literally. Particularly junipers, I like to touch them. They do have ancient, bondaged (but patient) souls and as such I feel a deep communion with them.
I won't apologize for that. If that renders me couch-tater, so what?
I'm still going to mock that dude for pretending he didn't know he was whacking an ancient tree.
By contract I do not think his employers should drop him. I do not think folks should be calling for his job, but recognize that opinions do vary. I don't give a flying f*#k what IMAGE these pro athletes are supposed to present for their corporate overlords. I don't care what the general population thinks of climbers either. The general population is pretty f*#king stupid too, with lots and lots of ignorance about junipers and chipping and such. They'd best stay the f*#k home and play first person shooter games on their weewees.
But roughster makes a good point, and Patrick Compton also knocks it regularly out of the park.
I think the response is appropriate. If we don't police ourselves, the land managers will.
I also think Pringle should give his side of the story. I'm having a hard time understanding why he thought it was okay to make an approach with a guy carrying a chainsaw to a crag in a pristine NF with the intent of route development and not calling him out. I guess when the stoke is high to send sick projs, who cares right?