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Adrenaline Junkies

I invite any with videos, stories or questions about extreme sports to post them here.

I was born to be a climber (1962). I climbed trees before I could walk. I was paddled 3 times in grade school, twice for climbing the corner of the building (40 feet). I climbed everything everywhere I went. Seneca Rocks is only 33 miles from my home and once I got a car, I started spending my summers there. Through these circles I met vertical cavers. At that time we were caving on hemp rope. These ropes spin a lot on free drops. I climbed 2 years before owning a climbing rope. Trading a caving rope I had just bought for a climbing rope and rack of gear(chocks placed in cracks for protection).

At 17, I was skipping school and rock climbing all day or caving all night as the big drops in my area were sneak trips. It adds to the adventure knowing that if the land owner finds your rope he may cut it and you would find a pile of rope at the bottom of the drop.

My original dream was to one day climb a 5,10 which I thought was the limit. 5,15 is the limit today. I also thought that 25 would be the peak age (all down hill from there ya know lol). At 32 years old a young local climber I had given pointers to, exploded on the scene and started guiding. We started climbing on his days off and he was now teaching me the newest techniques. Soon I was climbing in the 5,11 range. I eventually learned to "Bolt on Lead" putting up a few routes at Seneca using sky hooks. I consider to be some of the hardest, scariest climbing you can do.

Here is Chris Sharma Bolting on Lead.


http://youtu.be/NBM5bu_hxM8

Chris Sharma and Adam Ondra on La Dura Dura

http://youtu.be/V1P97VVt6_k

Not just for boys.

http://youtu.be/c7JoWNniUb4

I may add more to this story later.

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World's Longest Urban Zipline

your heart may speed up just watching this!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YcwrRA2BIlw

i knew this guy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWPxlFaDh28

never believe anything until it has been officially denied

jrd3820's picture

Cool article davy

Thanks for posting that in here. I was in Asia for a couple months this past fall and didn't get to any of that :( I'm not a height type of thrill seeker, meaning you won't find me base/bungee jumping and that bridge doesn't look like my idea of afternoon fun, but some of the other stuff seemed pretty cool.

here is my new adrenaline rush


http://youtu.be/4w7sVSMbjyM

“Although it was the middle of winter, I finally realized that, within me, summer was inextinguishable.” — Albert Camus

extreme diving

Another cool video:


http://youtu.be/MgRpwESWPLM

“Although it was the middle of winter, I finally realized that, within me, summer was inextinguishable.” — Albert Camus

jrd3820's picture

That was a great video Ed

Are you a scuba diver? Or have you ever been a diving?
I've been snorkeling, but I've never been diving.

yes

But I haven't done scuba in a while. These days, when I get a chance, I try to free dive instead. You don't have to haul around all that heavy shit :) The saying goes that scuba divers dive to look around, while free divers dive to look inside. Scuba classes are everywhere. If you want to learn how to free dive, your choices are pretty much limited to FL, CA, and Hawaii.

“Although it was the middle of winter, I finally realized that, within me, summer was inextinguishable.” — Albert Camus

extreme running

This is one of the coolest videos I have ever seen:


http://youtu.be/826HMLoiE_o

“Although it was the middle of winter, I finally realized that, within me, summer was inextinguishable.” — Albert Camus

Skiing is my passion in life:

We all share this eternally evolving present moment- The past and future only exist as inconsequential mental fabrications.

mountaincat's picture

I cross country skied a few times

My excuse for not taking up skiing is that I had enough expensive hobbies already. Thanks for the videos.

It can get pretty expensive

It can get pretty expensive unless you are willing to really commit to it. A pass is about $600 a year if you play your cards right (Up to $1200 if you don't...) and gear is expensive. Once you have a good setup and can do most of the tuning yourself its not too bad though. Once you get good its the best feeling in the world to nail a big mountain line, your adrenaline is pumping through your veins and you look back to see a huge majestic mountain face with 2 little tracks coming down in showing you were there.

We all share this eternally evolving present moment- The past and future only exist as inconsequential mental fabrications.

bah!

It's free if you skin up the hill :)

“Although it was the middle of winter, I finally realized that, within me, summer was inextinguishable.” — Albert Camus

Lol I tried that once with

Lol I tried that once with snowshoes at Canyons Resort and the ski patrol freaked out and escorted me all the way down to the lodge... I know some mountains let you do it though.

This is how you really ski for free:

We all share this eternally evolving present moment- The past and future only exist as inconsequential mental fabrications.

I had the fortune of knowing and dating Lynn HIll

when I was competing gymnastics in college and she introduced me to climbing. I thought doing rings, parallel bars and high bar were insane till she took me climbing. Over the years, the gymnastics, all the marathons and mountain bike racing, skiing and snowboarding, motocross racing, etc. I did never compared to the adrenaline of climbing.

beephree

Ultra Marathon and Adventure Racing is my gig

Trail Running is heaven. Nothing like throwing on some Brooks with rock shields , gaitors, hydration pack and a headlamp while disappearing down a trail into the woods. 50 miles through hardcore trails, rivers, lakes, blistering inclines fast and furious switch backs and pure oxygen!

I am like an animal one with nature taking in my place on this earth. I am back to the primitive spirit in my soul.

Jaguar Paw is my alter ego!


http://youtu.be/MkYY_aL42H4

COCKY 50K


http://youtu.be/U-rGdwzyTYw

Places I like to train


http://youtu.be/Nwgm8TmbF3w

I LOVE THE TRAIL!

For Freedom!
The World is my country, all mankind is my brethren, to do good is my religion.

I recently ran through snow and ice

with minimalist shoes, and it was awesome. Wool socks kept me warm. I had to be really aware of ice patches, though.

“Although it was the middle of winter, I finally realized that, within me, summer was inextinguishable.” — Albert Camus

mountaincat's picture

That's Awsome

I have mild flexation. Bad for running. Goooooood for climbing.

jrd3820's picture

What's mild flexation?

I could google it I suppose, or you could tell me :)

mountaincat's picture

*

My joints all flex a few degrees farther than normal.

I'm glad I'm your friend, mountaincat

...and not your poor mother! It's dinnertime. Now where is he... Yikes! Get down from there! No! Stay right there! Don't move! I'm calling the fire department!"

I'm jealous. True, as I said on the other post, I'm not crazy about being an observer - and certainly not observer of children climbing, no less my own. Though I'd been a tree climber myself, my heart would jump to see one of my children "tightrope walking" on just a deck railing. I did enjoy watching those women climb - maybe because they were over water!

Anyway, while generally speaking I personally have no use for extreme sports/ thrill seeking, mountain climbing is something different. This might sound odd, but... It's not just the accomplishment, per se, as great as that must be requiring such incredible strength, balance, and stamina!!! Rather, in nature, solid rock like that is, well, the rock of ages - massive, solid, stable, forever. To not have fear but derive a sense of security to feel one with that, literally, it must be enormously gratifying.

[I once found myself clinging to a rock wall, in the Alps. The difference was, I was walking on a flat dirt path! Petrified. (In some places there were handholds; other places you were on your own.) Seeing those little tiny majestic pines in the valley below and the undulating mountains and hills on the other side made me dizzy. So much for *my* feeling "one with the earth." lol]

I loved this post, mountaincat. Hope to hear more stories. Hmm. I wonder how you got your nickname...
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When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

jrd3820's picture

I love this story about you

Thanks for sharing it. its 3 am so this comment isn't very deep, but i wanted to bump this.
someday later im going to ask you a ton of questions about all of this and you're going to wish i would stop talking but i love knowing this about you so i am going to be curious.

ever climb Millenium at Nelson Rocks?

It averages out to only a 5.6, but it's the scariest climb I ever did. You grab a bucket and the whole damn cliff face comes off in your hand. I had quite an epic on the last pitch. I ended up doing the wrong ledge, which ran out, and I had to down climb about 20 feet, with about a 60 foot run-out on the rope. There was no place to put any protection, so I used a small loop of webbing, which I tied around a little nub, before I lunged for a huge bucket hold. The whole bucket hold broke off and I was airborne. That little piece of webbing saved my life. I would have hit a big ledge about 40 feet below me before the rope caught me. Scary place. I think they closed it down later, because the loose rock made it so dangerous.

“Although it was the middle of winter, I finally realized that, within me, summer was inextinguishable.” — Albert Camus

mountaincat's picture

Yes

I climbed it around 1995 and the top was covered with loose rock.
I cleaned and set routes there a few years later. Now it is closed to climbers due to insurance. But, the Via Ferrata is open for guided day-trips http://www.takemytrip.com/08vapawv/08n_16a.htm and I highly recommend it.