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By Taylor J
From new mexico, new england
Jul 24, 2013
My home project.... <br /> <br /><em>Eds. It may be called "The Compactor".</em>
Is it just me or do things like this make our sport seem like a circus act... He has already done amazing climbs the guy is a super hero.... But why the need to solo a building doing repetitive moves on live tv? Money? Opinions?

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By Taylor J
From new mexico, new england
Jul 24, 2013
My home project.... <br /> <br /><em>Eds. It may be called "The Compactor".</em>
don't take this the wrong way the guy is my hero I just don't get the point of climbing buildings.....

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By jakobi
From moab, utah
Jul 24, 2013
Southern Utah high country, summer 2012.
Money.

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By vincent L.
From Redwood City
Jul 24, 2013
First day of school
tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2013...

Maybe it is all of the above . He cashed in on the Chase commercial . The man has to make a living , I wouldn't begrudge him a bit for promoting himself , introducing his abilities to broader audiences and potential sponsors , and making a buck .

He's still the one fronting all the danger and taking the risk ...

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By Taylor J
From new mexico, new england
Jul 24, 2013
My home project.... <br /> <br /><em>Eds. It may be called "The Compactor".</em>
I hear that Vincent I get everyone has to make a buck I just don't get the whole building thing its like the French spider man or some shit you know..

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By Ari Kantola
From Raleigh, NC
Jul 24, 2013
I think if he falls he'll be thinking "WHY DID I CLIMB A BUILDING??!!! MOOOOONEEEEEEEEYYYY!!!!!". So a guy can't etch out a living being sponsored and free soloing monoliths? I get the chase thing, and making more money, but a building? I'm with ya Taylor. Very strange indeed. Maybe it's for the view.

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By i.reynaud
From Long Beach, Ca
Jul 24, 2013
Claim Jumper
Mile high in Dubai? Prolly to hot. At any rate, I will read about it the next day. I could not bear to watch it.

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By porkchop
Jul 24, 2013
Hi, I'm Alex Honnold, welcome to Jackass

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By Matt N
From Santa Barbara, CA
Jul 24, 2013
OTL
A long standing tradition (pretty cool read) supertopo.com/climbers-forum/4...


Ha, top roped, speed buildering:


and the original 'spider man?' en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alain_Ro...


Not very ground breaking for Honnold [unless he falls]

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By Finn the Human
From The Land of Ooo
Jul 24, 2013
Mathematical!
NatGeo wrote:
The two-hour unprecedented television event, Live Climb with Alex Honnold, is produced by Sender Films and will air live this fall globally on NGC.


2 hours? Who is going to want to watch two hours of Honnold huffing and puffing his way up a building?

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By Glenn Schuler
From Monument, Co.
Jul 24, 2013
A grey fox skull wedged in a crack 100' up on a FA I was working on - don't see that every day...
IIRC Alain Robert has free soloed 5.14 or close to it. Interesting that Alex is now going down the same path.
Spider Dan Goodwin has water dumped on him by LEO's and almost dies, gets arrested for climbing skyscrapers. Alex gets a Nat Geo special and serious coin..... times sure have changed. I'll have second thoughts about watching it, but who am I kidding? I know I will.

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By Abram Herman
From Golden, CO
Jul 25, 2013
Viking helmet cover, yep.
Come on, who wouldn't do this if they had the chance? He gets to climb a freakin' skyscraper, without risking arrest. I would do that even if I wasn't getting paid. Hell, I'd probably pay to do it!

The dude's just another climber, and a nice guy at that, who happened to get some more widespread fame and money out of his impressive skills than climbers normally receive. Good for him.

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By Rohan de Launey
From South Lake Tahoe
Jul 25, 2013
Luther Spires
+1 ^^^^

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By chuffnugget
From Bolder, CO
Jul 25, 2013
Never stop exploiting.

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By Christian
From Casa do Cacete
Jul 25, 2013
Mistah Kurtz
usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/n...

Posted 11/23/2005 11:53 AM Updated 11/23/2005 2:23 PM


Police arrest 'Spiderman' in Houston
HOUSTON (AP) The French building climber who calls himself "Spiderman" was thwarted in a bid to scale a Houston skyscraper and charged with trespassing and possessing drugs two pills to relieve anxiety.

In June, French free climber Alain Robert posed on a 62-story Hong Kong structure; Tuesday he was arrested for trying the 46-story Houston Center. In June, French free climber Alain Robert posed on a 62-story Hong Kong structure; Tuesday he was arrested for trying the 46-story Houston Center.

Robert Alain Philippe, 43, was arrested Tuesday as he was to begin climbing the 678-foot-tall 1 Houston Center building. Houston police spokesman John Cannon said two tablets, believed to be the sedative Xanax, were found on Philippe.

Philippe, who goes by the stage name Alain Robert, is known for climbing some of the world's tallest buildings with his bare hands and without a safety net. His conquests include the Eiffel Tower and the world's tallest building, Taiwan's 1,667-foot Taipei 101 tower.

Philippe was charged with criminal trespass and illegal possession of a controlled substance, Cannon said.

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By Scott McMahon
From Boulder, CO
Jul 25, 2013
Bocan
I remember the hub-bub over the guy who climbed the Sears tower way back in the day. Overall nothing new.

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By Richard Fernandez
From Flagstaff, AZ
Jul 25, 2013
Crack Test Dummies EPC
Lets start a fund to ask Alex not climb the building... I'm in for $10.

Anyone?

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By Christopher Gibson
From Frisco, Texas
Jul 25, 2013
Live to Work not Work to Live.  We Love Our Jobs!!!
Richard Fernandez wrote:
Lets start a fund to ask Alex not climb the building... I'm in for $10. Anyone?



safetyfourth wrote:
it's for money. so lets help the poor bastard out and give him it.


Richard, Safetyfourth, you may be correct in that respect, but maybe he has aspirations to climb a building who knows. In any regard its grandiose and self serving so with that said why would any one of us give him money for that, other than to help save his life. Don't get me wrong myself and a whole lot of others have great respect for Alex and his accomplishments, but climbing a building while the whole world watches is IMHO a bit over the top. Everyone wants to watch a train wreck and I don't think it is going to benefit the sport of rock climbing one bit, if anything it is going to do even more damage than what has already been done, this just ensures that ordinary people like life and medical insurance underwriters, employers, moms and dads are going to continue to think that we (those that rope climb which far out number the free soloers and builderers) are all just crazy ass people that deserve what we get when an accident happens. Just my lowly observation of the whole circus act.

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By Greg Springer
From Minneapolis
Jul 25, 2013
Friends big puppy
Finn the Human wrote:
2 hours? Who is going to want to watch two hours of Honnold huffing and puffing his way up a building?


5 minutes of Honnold huffing and puffing and 115 minutes of "yer gonna die" disclaimers and buildup

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By David Barbour
From Denver
Jul 25, 2013
Richard Fernandez wrote:
Lets start a fund to ask Alex not climb the building... I'm in for $10. Anyone?


i'd contribute. i've enjoyed reading about his exploits and watching his videos enough to pay him 20 bucks

that skywire special was disgusting

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By Boissal
From Small Lake, UT
Jul 25, 2013
He's going to make more in 2 hours than most of us make in a year if it's really taking place in Dubai. It will make the paycheck from the Chase commercial look like the tip for a $5 blowjob. I'd sit on those fivers if I were you because it's unlikely you'll ever get a pile big enough to register...

How many of us would pass if we had the skills and mindset to pull it off? And how many of us would consider the effects of the stunt on the sport of climbing if the bag-o-cash was fat enough?

Finally, why does anyone insist on treating Honnold like such an oddity? He loves what he does, he happens to be incredibly good at it and he's cashing in. Just like anyone else would. Climbing is marketable, maybe it's time to stop pretending otherwise and acting like we're part of this elite group of people who engage in this pure selfless act untainted by the realities of modern life... Well, maybe we (the beaters) are. But not the pros. The pros support themselves through the sport and aren't so different from any 1099 contractor. Except their job is way cooler.

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By Alex Quitiquit
From Salt Lake City
Jul 25, 2013
meow
Boissal wrote:
He's going to make more in 2 hours than most of us make in a year if it's really taking place in Dubai. It will make the paycheck from the Chase commercial look like the tip for a $5 blowjob. I'd sit on those fivers if I were you because it's unlikely you'll ever get a pile big enough to register... How many of us would pass if we had the skills and mindset to pull it off? And how many of us would consider the effects of the stunt on the sport of climbing if the bag-o-cash was fat enough? Finally, why does anyone insist on treating Honnold like such an oddity? He loves what he does, he happens to be incredibly good at it and he's cashing in. Just like anyone else would. Climbing is marketable, maybe it's time to stop pretending otherwise and acting like we're part of this elite group of people who engage in this pure selfless act untainted by the realities of modern life... Well, maybe we (the beaters) are. But not the pros. The pros support themselves through the sport and aren't so different from any 1099 contractor. Except their job is way cooler.



Where does one still get a blowie for $5?

We are all sell outs to something.

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By Christopher Gibson
From Frisco, Texas
Jul 25, 2013
Live to Work not Work to Live.  We Love Our Jobs!!!
Boissal wrote:
He's going to make more in 2 hours than most of us make in a year if it's really taking place in Dubai. It will make the paycheck from the Chase commercial look like the tip for a $5 blowjob. I'd sit on those fivers if I were you because it's unlikely you'll ever get a pile big enough to register...


Agree.

Boissal wrote:
How many of us would pass if we had the skills and mindset to pull it off?


I myself would have to pass. The skills and the mindset for pulling in off as it relates to climbing is one thing, but the publicity, marketing, fame and money is something different and has nothing to do with climbing cause there are a lot of folks with the skills and mindset that have absolutely no desire for the second part, that doesn't mean one way is any better than the other.

Boissal wrote:
And how many of us would consider the effects of the stunt on the sport of climbing if the bag-o-cash was fat enough?


I would, which is why I wrote what I wrote. But to each their own.




Boissal wrote:
Finally, why does anyone insist on treating Honnold like such an oddity? He loves what he does, he happens to be incredibly good at it and he's cashing in. Just like anyone else would. Climbing is marketable, maybe it's time to stop pretending otherwise and acting like we're part of this elite group of people who engage in this pure selfless act untainted by the realities of modern life... Well, maybe we (the beaters) are. But not the pros. The pros support themselves through the sport and aren't so different from any 1099 contractor. Except their job is way cooler.


I think the only people that treat Alex Honnold as an oddity are non climbers and those that don't understand why people free solo, walk tight ropes, sky dive from space or climb buildings. There is nothing wrong with making a living doing what you love. That is is the American Dream.

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By Abram Herman
From Golden, CO
Jul 25, 2013
Viking helmet cover, yep.
Christopher Gibson wrote:
There is nothing wrong with making a living doing what you love.


This.

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By Boissal
From Small Lake, UT
Jul 25, 2013
Christopher Gibson wrote:
There is nothing wrong with making a living doing what you love

We are in complete agreement here. Honnold rose to fame climbing rocks, got a huge amount of exposure in the mainstream media and is now cashing in. I have nothing but respect and admiration for that, especially considering how many people make a living doing something they wouldn't touch with a 10' pole if they weren't paid. Whether he's on a money-making schedule or just having fun for himself and taking the $$ people are throwing at him as a bonus, that's not for me to say and that doesn't really change the fact that he's doing something very very right.

Regarding the oddity comment, I meant that people within the climbing community regard Honnold as some sort of semi-god with the purest motivations. Considering the fact that he's about to solo a tower of steel and glass, I think it's time to consider the fact that he might have more "mainstream" motivations such as $$$. That doesn't make him an asshole in any way but a lot of people are going to feel let down because the guy they proclaimed to be a role model (and who probably never considered himself one) deviates from their ideal.

However, here are two quotes from a HuffPost article that give a different perspective on this. First one is Honnold, second is the NatGeo guy.

"I've always loved climbing in all forms and this is an amazing opportunity to push my own climbing into interesting new terrain. I've admired the aesthetics of sky scrapers my whole life; it's great to be able to climb one"

"When Alex brought us this incredible idea, it struck at the very heart of what a National Geographic global television event should be"

The italics are mine. Sure sounds like nobody approached him, it was his idea. Shit, maybe he really doesn't care about the bag-o-cash and it's really about climbing a different type of choss...

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By Christopher Gibson
From Frisco, Texas
Jul 25, 2013
Live to Work not Work to Live.  We Love Our Jobs!!!
Boissal wrote:
However, here are two quotes from a HuffPost article that give a different perspective on this. First one is Honnold, second is the NatGeo guy. "I've always loved climbing in all forms and this is an amazing opportunity to push my own climbing into interesting new terrain. I've admired the aesthetics of sky scrapers my whole life; it's great to be able to climb one" "When Alex brought us this incredible idea, it struck at the very heart of what a National Geographic global television event should be" The italics are mine. Sure sounds like nobody approached him, it was his idea. Shit, maybe he really doesn't care about the bag-o-cash and it's really about climbing a different type of choss...


Personally I don't believe this for a minute. Has anyone ever seen Alex climbing a building? Or talking about his next big project being a skyscraper? I am only asking cause I don't follow him. I would think that just like he didn't walk up to El Cap without doing a few routes at his local gym before free soloing, you don't just walk up to one of the worlds tallest buildings and decide to free solo it either, during the Sixty Minutes piece he could have talked about that. I think Nat Geo saw the ratings the Discovery Channel got for the tight rope walker and now they need to one up them. But as I said before to each their own. Its all a freaking circus act to me. Whether or not he asked to be a role model is irrelevant cause he put himself in that position by publicizing his exploits, he is a big boy, but now that he is I think the three free solos in 24hrs was pushing it (publicizing it) but this and the whole Nat Geo thing is totally irresponsible and quite frankly lacks respect.

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