But first, let us discuss South American Real Estate?
Have you ever dreamed about owning your own business? Living in the mountains? Connecting with World Travelers and Traveling the World? Have you ever woke up in the middle of the night, sweat streaming down your face thinking “holy shit! I’m almost 30 years old and I haven’t done a thing with my life”? Do you stay up late looking at glossy pictures of Cerre Torre while fondling your number 3 camalot?
Well this may be your chance to get off your chocolate chip eating ass and do something about it. Last week I got an email from a friend who is selling his ‘yet to be completed’ hotel/hostel/chateau/ranch in the desirable mountain town of El Chalten, Patagonia, Argentina. Alejandro moved to Germany and is now putting the word out to anyone interested in living the dream. Here’s the email and pictures of course.
This is Alejandro, from rancho grande hostel in El Chaltén, Patagonia Argentina. Now living in Germany. I am writing to you because i am selling properties in El Chaltén and in case you or anyone you know is interested in investing there…..here there is an opportunity. I am contacting everyone that has connection with the mountains (climbers, hotels, everyone…) I have attached 3 files with the descriptions of 2 hotels and land
all the best
Alejandro Silva Ortiz
Okay now onto the topic of this Bog. I mean blog.
Sometime after 2000 Sharma climbed the extension to the uber classic Biography 5.14c, first freed by rock legend Arnaud Petit. The upper part (heinous) combined with the established climb now goes at 5.14d/15a – give or take a grade depending on who you talk to and how much you adore them. Chris named the extension Realization and North Americans ate it up. But in Europe, somehow, the word didn’t get out so fast.
“Realize what? Oh, I dink you mean do say, the Biography Extension.” Jean Pierre would so subtly reply, while abruptly flicking his scarf over his shoulder, adjusting his berets and ashing his cigarette all at the same time, only to roll up the sleeves of his black and white pin-striped shirt and massage some pof into his bushy mustache. Why must we assume all french people look and act like this? – something is wrong with me – anyway, in Europe they refuse to accept Realization’s NAME. Although the grade they can handle, the fact that Chris did it, I think they can handle that as well, he’s a great guy, but the name? Not so much.
So – When an extension to an established climb is completed, does it give the ‘first free extensionist’ the right to give the line an entirely new name? Let’s assume the extension is only one extra bolt, a boulder problem on top of an obvious line, then you or your pal come along, climbed the existing line (lets say a 120 foot uber classic 5.11c that’s been sitting for half a decade) and then you muscle up the extension. Do you claim the first free ascent of a new line? yes/maybe. Do you give it a new name? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
I wonder what Winston Churchill would say? More importantly, I wonder what you, the reader would say? This topic of conversation has come up over the years, and most recently between friends, Said Belhaj of Sweden and Steve ‘Manboy’ Townshend of Canada. Now let’s extend this open discussion over to you, the Wide World of da Web. If you have a minute for a break, a lunch hour, we’d love to hear your thoughts, as usual. Oh and if you are French, sorry for the insensitive stereotype, next time I’ll pick on the Germans, then the Uhmericans, then Canadians again. Personally, I’m not into it, I think we should respect the name of the person who originally climbed it, and if there is a later extension, well, then that’s what it is, an extension to an already existing route. This post is not meant to take away from Sharma’s feat, which was and still is the most impressive act of dedication I have seen in the last ten years, but to attempt to clarify how this should be handled in the future. What’s in a name? Who knows, probably nothing, call it what you want.
by the way, is it just me, or are those french guys walking up to the cliff (at the start), following each other a tad too closely?