Dude! I got it! Screw two days of going down the Fishy Fork. Grab you a wing suit and fly in! Heck yea! Then all you have to do is walk the gear out. Um, well, right after you figure out a way to land that is.
This video is perfect for this discussion, as it's simple and shows some true driving.
This video goes in sharp contrast to today's videos. It's very popular for "driving" videos today to have expensive, flashy cars, subpar or uninteresting driving, and excellent editing and camerawork. People surround themselves with "coolness" and technology to make up for a lack of understanding the true pursuit of driving, and of climbing. The newest gear, the fastest or most expensive bit of kit, and all that. People get away from "the drive". I've seen so many fancy videos where a driver is cruising, but the editing is done in such a way that so many people see it as being amazing. No amount of editing work and fancy stuff can mask driving that's uninspiring, flacid, tepid, and empty.
I don't expect many mountain goers to understand me on this. Most mountain folks I've spoken with do not understand why people ride bikes on the various roads, or what makes driving or riding "fun" or "interesting". Some people say it's "for the adrenaline rush", which I think is kind of insulting. Oh well, bollocks for them.
The same goes for alpinism. So many people surround themselves with the most expensive pieces of gear, and then they do the same damn climbs up uninteresting terrain that doesn't truly challenge them. Worst of all, it's unimaginative.
I don't think most people know why they do any of this sort of stuff. Chasing empty lists of peaks or cars or anything. Buying guns and guns and guns only to find out they don't even know how to truly use a single one. Modifying their car with go fast bits only to park it and rev really loud, without knowing how to truly drive it at the limit, without even coming close to understanding even the slightest bit of Zen that is truly driving. Buying fancy gear without knowing how to push their mind to accept what they are truly capable of, and what life truly is. It's like building an amazing church, yet never going inside or reading a bible.
Not a rant, just some thoughts. I rarely speak my true thoughts, partly because I can't put them into words. It will never translate properly. Maybe some will understand, not that others understanding is essential. Cheers.
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