“In our ever more crowded world, what the pioneers once despised has turned out to be, by virtue of the very fact that it was shunned and therefore lightly settled, our last refuge for quiet and contemplation. So it is that deserts are refuges not by choice but by default, as if driven out of cathedrals we were forced to hold services on beds of nails. But on the positive side, what are cathedrals anyway but monuments to the old comfortable cliches, the old, often unworkable ways? If “the Desert is where God is and Man is not,” as Balzac tells us, what better place to find, if not God, then ourselves? And if finding ourselves in scarcity rather than in plenty, what better place to learn to get along with others in a resource-poor but humanly rich world?” Peter Wild: The New Desert Reader
With the help of Matthew Irving and a really nice camera, we captured some slow motion shenanigans and a wee bit of climbing. How much slow motion, well, some might say my overuse of it in this video is Juvenile. So enjoy a video (all beautiful shots by Matt Irving, all crappy quality-poorly framed shots by this guy) of idiots and stellar lines in Ibex. Climbs include Wing Chun V12, The Bone Collector V11 and Bruce Lee V10. Shenanigans include tokyo drifting, slingshot-run-n-jump dyno, gap jumping and apple eating.
Both Griffin Whiteside and Joe Meiners were able to nab ascents of Wing Chun as well! Good work boys.
Disclaimer #1: I blew my back out shooting this video and now sound like I have Tourette’s Syndrome while attempting simple tasks of life, like say, getting out of bed, up out of a chair, off a toilet and sometimes just breathing. So, go ahead and try this at home kids… live it up you resilient little bastards. 30+ year old males needing to relive their youth and compensate for their underachieving lives, don’t do it… it’s not worth it anymore. Haha, just kidding, it’s always worth it! Now if I could just turn my back to reach over and get some toilet paper off the roll. Yeah, so what if I’m writing this while pooping, I’ve been stuck on this toilet for 2 hours now… figured I’d do something productive. Don’t judge, who are you anyway, Judge Reinhold?
- Franklin: My name is Judge.
- Gob: Whose name is Judge?
- Franklin: My name is.
- Gob: That’s a silly name.
- Franklin: Judge, my name.
- Gob: Yes, I am judging your name. It am silly.
- Franklin: Is.
- Gob: Oh, now, you’re correcting my grammar.
Disclaimer #2: This video was edited by me, I don’t possibly want anyone thinking that Matt’s talents were wasted here.