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  1. #1
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    Gripped in a cooley

    Holy Shit. I nearly wet myself just watching this.


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    That's the sketchiest anchor I've ever seen, or imagined in a nightmare.

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    fuck that

    fuck all of that
    I didn't believe in reincarnation when I was your age either.

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    Yeah?

    NO!

    Sent from a van down by the river
    Bunny Don't Surf

    Have you seen a one armed man around here?

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    Wow, that woke me up!

  6. #6
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    how are they so chatty and calm? wtf

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    Quote Originally Posted by chaka View Post
    how are they so chatty and calm? wtf
    No kidding! They seem pretty lackadaisical and not too respectful of death's potential.
    More cowbell!!!

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    The fact he decided to continue after almost dying is mind boggling.

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    I can't believe they went up planning to use those sticks as an anchor.

    I could see using them as an improvised emergency anchor, in an unexpected situation, but since they thought ahead enough to bring an anchor, why not bring a better one?

    Also, who just drops into a couloir like that without testing the snow?

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    "Do you really know how to do this?
    confidently "Yeah, I've done it before."

    proceeds to build an anchor out of two fucking forearm length sticks a penny in diameter.
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    It can be hard to tell when Nikolai is casually putting himself in harm's way, and when that cavalier attitude is just part of his schtick. There was no schtick in this case. I hope he dials it back a notch and lives a long time.

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    I get that climbing/skiing super high consequence stuff is this guys schtick, and how he makes his living, and i also get that he is phenomenally skilled both physically and mentally, and likely edits everything to look far sketchier and bro-brah cavalier than the actual reality...but damn. It sure seems like he searches out the sketchy shit to push his limits on, where you only find your limit once.

    Its certainly a different vibe than Cody Townsends Fifty Project... which IMO shows a more relatable/agreeable risk assessment and management style.

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    I bet he doesn't wear a mask.

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    It’s fine, but the snow is super bad, almost pure ice...maybe you shouldn’t do it.

    LOL - you think?


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    His vids are generally 1) highly entertaining and 2) absolutely terrifying
    My stomach dropped on his start off the top in this one - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-TGKSD9tzk

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    I don't think I would have mentally recovered from the scare of that to even consider trying it all over again, let alone use twigs as an anchor on my second attempt. Dude is fucking nuts!

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    That's a lot of risk to get a ski.

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    Quote Originally Posted by m104da View Post
    His vids are generally 1) highly entertaining and 2) absolutely terrifying
    My stomach dropped on his start off the top in this one - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-TGKSD9tzk
    That dude is on another level.
    But Ellen kicks ass - if she had a beard it would be much more haggard. -Jer

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    Quote Originally Posted by old goat View Post
    That's the sketchiest anchor I've ever seen, or imagined in a nightmare.
    I would rap off that anchor a hundred times rather than drop in on skis. Wtf was he thinking?

    Someone needs to teach him to pole whack.

    Or at least to climb up what you want to ski down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Core Shot View Post
    Or at least to climb up what you want to ski down.
    This is what i thought. I always rather boot up a tight chute or couloir rather than drop in blind, but climbing up also has risks.
    24° 06°

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    Anyone else find the danger driven clickbait of that guys videos pretty gross? Honestly, looking at his vids/how blatantly dumb this mistake was I wouldn’t be shocked if that dude put himself in that situation on purpose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kathleenturneroverdrive View Post
    Anyone else find the danger driven clickbait of that guys videos pretty gross? Honestly, looking at his vids/how blatantly dumb this mistake was I wouldn’t be shocked if that dude put himself in that situation on purpose.
    Title: "Death over rappeling"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJM-snUQUDc

    Title: "Unsuccessfully dodging an avalanche"
    Title: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIUCzs3YO4k

    His impromptu rappels and blind drops are simply unnecessary risks directly attributable to inadequate route and line knowledge. In the second video, he bootpacks up unstable snow with exposed rock slabs underneath without crampons.
    "We didn't bring crampons because we thought we were going for a chill hike."
    Don't get me wrong, he is incredibly talented and has balls to his ankles but some of this is just stupid. I don't mean to be the guy with all the technical critiques but it seems like he is adding an unnecessary element of danger to an activity that is already incredibly perilous.
    In the room the women come and go
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    Quote Originally Posted by kathleenturneroverdrive View Post
    Anyone else find the danger driven clickbait of that guys videos pretty gross? Honestly, looking at his vids/how blatantly dumb this mistake was I wouldn’t be shocked if that dude put himself in that situation on purpose.
    Yet here we all are clicking on his videos, enjoying and discussing them. Even starting entire threads about them.




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    I particularly enjoyed the one where they debate bringing 30m or 60m ropes while prepping at the cars. They settle on 60m ropes, but somehow end up at the entrance with just one 30m rope and giggle about getting them mixed up. Seems like staged bullshit to me on that one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AK47bp View Post
    Yet here we all are clicking on his videos, enjoying and discussing them. Even starting entire threads about them.
    Yes, indeed. I suppose he has accomplished his ultimate goal. If you have TGR thread about you, without your being in it, you have arrived. You are the shit. Except for DeepSouth.
    In the room the women come and go
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