I just saw this cover shot of CLIMB. Britain’s Biggest Climbing Magazine. I have yet to read what the reporter wrote, but I’ll hopefully get my fingers on a copy soon enough, you know for checking facts and what-have-you. The funny thing about Media is that they are a Necessary Evil, most people I know really don’t enjoy any sort of attention, but they do it because it allows them freedom to continue the lifestyle they enjoy, it is a trade off that seems to make sense, for how long depends on the person. The novelty wears off. But, I’m not going to lie, I got a big kick out of the first time I ever saw my picture printed in Gripped, way back in 1998. It was a rush for sure, and my first thought was “oh crap, I look like an idiot”. Well, over the years, I have come to terms with the fact that I not only look the part, but I play a fairly good idiot as well. Idiocy seems to come very natural for me, I suppose I am blessed. ha ha.
This week, FIVE TEN hosted a very intersting meeting of the minds. It was a continued education program for their athletes and the conference room was packed, from David Graham to Alex Johnson. Famous climber Lynn Hill, Photographer Jimmy Chin and Pyromaniac Jonathan Thesenga were all part of this first time ever event and coached us and inspired us to take on the world, and quite frankly it was a huge success. Thanks to Charles Cole, Nancy Prichard, Tim O’Brian, Isaac Tait and everyone at Five Ten for making this happen.
The dream team.
One of the themes that really struck a chord with athletes, was JT’s presentation about getting hosed by the media, or rather, how NOT to get hosed. You see the media are a sly bunch of foxes, always trying to get the very best most interesting and exciting hook. If you give them an inch they will take as many miles as legally possible, sometimes more. So the first lesson was “DO NOT GET HOSED” by the media. A tricky thing and an art all by itself. I raise this issue now, because aparantly this CLIMB cover photo (ABOVE) does not belong to the photographer who snapped it, Mr.Cory Richards, but the credit now belongs to Cory Rich, another talented photographer from the U.S. who is or never was anywhere close to Dumbarton. You may think this is an honest mistake, and it is, but it’s also very weak. It’s sort of the same if you climb the first free ascent of (an all natural) route that you tried really-really hard to nail, then after some minor internal bleeding and five rolls of finger tape you nabbed it, everyone celebrates and the sponsors, the money, the media and the guide books gave all the credit to some Joe Brooks. U got HOSED dude. What you may get if you raise a huge stink about it, is a tiny blurb in the “corrections” section, but you’ll surely require a magnifying glass to read it and it’ll be months down the road, thanks but no thanks. I say we need to raise some hell, I mean if you’re a Zen master with no ego at all then please disregard this post, but if you ever got ripped off, truly, just because someone failed to do any homework, I say raise a fuss and make them make it right. They owe you. Damn it, you worked hard for that. They are using their power to humiliate you (intentionally or unintentionally) either way it is UNCOOL.
However, please don’t misunderstand me, I love the MEDIA. I love them. They help to keep me inspired for the rocks, they print words from writers I would otherwise never read, pictures I may never see and they do a great job with advertising new products and giving credit where credit is due, I love the media. But this is not about me or how good of a job they are doing, it’s about you, and not getting hosed by the media yo, if you can help it that is. So in closing, this entry is dedicated to all those photographers out there who don’t get enough credit and to Cory Richards for being in the right place at the right time for this cover. Cheers.