Fletch wrote:Dave B wrote:So did he win you over, Fletch?
Alright, you got me. My thoughts (and they are just mine, so take away what you will):
My main critique would be that I would have liked to see him talk to us more as climbers (it was at the CMC/AAC after all) and less as some motivational seminar. I felt like I was at a sales conference and he was the key note speaker (to 'encourage us' to sell more...). He could have done that speech with his eyes closed. You could tell he has done that speech a bazillion times. He even had the slides perfectly timed to his 'jokes.'
I guess I'm still baffled by the guy. Obviously, he's a great climber, great speaker, etc. But I never really got the impression that he was letting us into his world at all. It was almost like he was telling us stuff he thought we should hear, not stuff we wanted to hear. Like, yes I know how tall Mt Rainier is (he actually read off the elevation at one point).
And I never knew how short he is. Who knew?
SurfNTurf wrote:it was basically a regurgitation of No Shortcuts to the Top.
These are some of the thoughts I had as well. A great evening none-the-less but honestly, I would have liked to hear more about his thoughts on climbing, speaking to all of us AS climbers and perhaps more information
on Big City Climbers. With these things, you have to expect some plugs for his sponsers, it's evitable.
I don't blame the guy for the highlighted portion above in Fletch's quote. It's annoying, to be sure. I do this everyday at the Stanley...it does get old pretty quick. Fletch makes some really good insights.
My impressions taken away from last night...great evening but not stellar.
And who was the butt-plug that asked about our 14ers?? Seriously??
ARG! I hid my head & cringed.
Awesome seeing you again Carl and Ben!!