So, I go away for a couple of weeks and come home to a flurry of internet buzz, ‘First Round, First Minute’ 5.15a? “CLOSED”? Interesting?
This is obviously a scenario that’s been blown way out of proportion but since every person and their mother has weighed their opinion, AND I’m stuck at terminal D at 7:30 am with nothing to do with my life but waiting for a flight to Chicago from Seattle, I’ll join the armchair athletes with my two Canadian cents, even though I know I shouldn’t and don’t deserve to. Nalle has a right to fly to Spain to climb rocks. And Chris has a right to politely ask climbers to respect his project. I personally feel that if Nalle had of just asked Chris in the first place, this probably would have been a positive and exciting thing instead of an inter-web shit show . I’ve never met Nalle, he seems like a level headed guy, and nice enough, Chris is one of the nicest guys in the world, and I’m sure neither of them want this to escalate any further, but from what I’ve read, this sounds like it all comes down to a blend of mis-communication and a lack for forethought. SICK PHOTO btw…
I applaud Sharma for standing his ground. I think anyone would be slightly offended if someone came to try our project without so much as a heads up, especially since it was their first visit and the only route they wanted to try. I don’t think Chris wanted to say no, but I.m guessing Nalle put him in an uncomfortable situation, and so he did what he felt was right, what anyone would do, he asked for a bit more time. When I was 22, I once did something to an established climb (sort of by accident) without notifying the first ascentionist first. I felt terrible when it happened, but the point is, my lack of consideration nearly cost us our friendship. It’s all good now, but I will try to carry that lesson with me.
Things happen, putting ourselves in other people’s shoes, and imagining how they might feel under the reverse circumstances is all it takes. I think, Nalle being from Europe all his life, stands by his claim that nothing in Europe is red tagged, therefore it didn’t really cross his mind to ask permission, which is also understandable, I suppose, but if he had, out of respect, I think there would be a much, much greater shot of Chris opening it up. In conclusion to this pointless dribble, it just seems like a mis-communication, lost in translation type of deal. I wish them both mucho successo in Spain. That country is so amazing.
My plane is now leaving, I’m out. See you all in Chicago tonight at 7pm – and then the RED RIVER GORGE – and then COLUMBUS – Ohio – STOKKKKKKEEEEDDDD!