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  1. imo: I'm somewhere between you two. I think it was his worst directorial effort, but i wouldn't go so far as to call it it boring. his other films do tend to have more depth and layers going on to keep me interested. I could see someone really latching onto Hollywood's world-building.. but curious why you think it's his best? Have you seen pulp fiction or resivoir dogs?
  2. imo this resmaster nailed it; totally retains character of the mix, wihle just adding a bit of low end in a few areas. the 90's ness is in the music and the raw-sounding mixing that tom put together, which hasnt been hampered with at all
  3. came to post this, gat damn! also pulls off the vx swag without being contrived
  4. dig his stuff but still havent (yet) got around to check out any of his solo albums. i guess igor is a good start? these new tracks are not bad - but is it just me or are his vocals a bit low /muddy in the mix? adore his feature on this track from last year
  5. Thanks / and agree on the first paragraph, it was a multi year process of going on slightly higher objectives and a mix of formal classes, knowledge from peers, and lots of practice to get to those objectives; I don't want to make it seem like it came quick. (I also feel weird posting just the 'epic' or cool photos because they capture only a tiny pieces of what it is like to be on something much larger than you.. It does no justice to the planning, long slogs, sometimes suffering, as well as inherent dangers) I agree with your point that elevation is important to take seriously in regards to how your body reacts, but it is also meaningless in terms of why we climb and what makes a worthy objective. Rainier at 4300m is worlds more difficult/complex than Orizaba at 5600m. It helped that living at elevation in Mexico, we could learn how our bodies reacted through experience. For the 5000m stuff we planned it extensively (getting extra hydrated and avoiding alcohol in the days before), and did an acclimatization push the day before, or set up a high camp where we knew we could get good sleep. Even with prep sometimes it didnt work out and I got some gnarly headaches and had to descend. and YES the people I have met, and the nature, are the 'raison d'etre'. I have been incredibly inspired by some older climbers who I learned from (in particular one of the climbing class instructors who is now 78 yrs old). They have kept the passion, and also a base level of fitness so that they can keep enjoying it despite not going for the most difficult objectives. Also the culture you mention is facinating, learning how they used to do things, etc
  6. i did say it was called monkey face... the mouth is overhanging so people rig a rope to it for a big 'ol swing. note i haven't done this nor am i particularly interested.. although I probably wouldn't pass it up if friends wanted to. I'm would not consider myself an adrenaline junkie, I prefer the methodical and technical aspects of climbing and rope systems. @zkomamazing landscapes. did you get to stay in that earthen hut? or is it owned by someone? @Soloman Tumpawesome to have that nature close to a city. I love the idea of doing only-human-powered trips, like biking from your doorstep into nature to go for a hike. Unfortunately everything in the US is for the most part very spread out and sprawling. I found it easier to do bike to trail hikes in Mexico.. @d-a-m-oi missed a naming opportunity for the thread.. those hills are sweet
  7. dude is a legend. i just read his book about Annapurna South Face last year and would recommend it. He is super meticulous recounting the logistical aspects of the expedition, you can tell he is super expereienced to internalize all of those details epic landscape, i love those sculpted formations. would love to visit and do a backpacking trip along that ridgeline, though by the looks it would get pretty windy and cold up there.. Smith rock is a SUPER popular climbing destination, it has hundreds of routes on really high quality rock. I've also only hiked around it, because I didnt climb last time I was there. But I just bought the guidebook, since I have family down in Bend, and am itching to go climb there. Did you see the monkey face spire? People climb up it and into the 'mouth' and on top of its head 😂 Theres not much focus to the topic. It would be cool if people share pics of their hiking/biking/running trails as well! And climbing gyms! Given the popularity of climbing gyms these days, im sure some people can show off their local indoor spot. Edit: I added Outdoorsy to the thread title to make it more open ended
  8. Alex Honnold surely has a few loose bolts, but channeled in such a way that gives him superpowers.. For contemporary climbing films, the Dawn Wall is probably the best made of the bunch. Meru is amazing for experiencing the true suffer-fest that is alpine climbing. This full length and free to watch film is full of vintage Choinard goodness (including epic psych rock soundtrack) And I just watched Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey, which is more niche but incredible documentary about the guy who literally wrote the guidebooks for cascades mountain climbing. People refer to the 'Becky Guides' like the bible, and the dude can claim the first ascent of more peaks than just about anybody.
  9. No joy.. hahah. I'll admit mexico doesnt have all it's shit together, but the areas around Mexico City are quite safe. The remote areas in the north of the country are known to have less state control. Gotta do your research, but we even backpacked through a less-safe state (Michoacan) and were fine and had a great time. never did partake, but interested someday. The state Oaxaca has some culture around this and I've heard good things about it (not sketchy or anything). Unrelated, but I spend 4 years living in mexico and literally never made it to the beach either, because I became obsessed with it's mountains haha. There are some interesting tents that utilize your trekking poles as the structure to minimize weight while backpacking. But the main thing is knowing your objective and any potential hazards; for anything high altitude or alpine, the wind can get very intense so I would never take a tarp or ultralight tent into the high alpine. Anchoring the tent using rocks or a dug-out snow platform in high wind alpine scenarios is a whole ordeal. We have a generic Coleman tent someone gave us that we use for low elevation, but invested in a fancy black diamond 4-season tent (Hilight 3 person) for mountain use. And for the sleep setup, know the night temps but also how your body sleeps through experience. Down sleeping bags are expensive but worth it for the compressibility.. I had a synthetic-fill bag that took up half my pack so happily upgraded to down once I could afford it. In terms of taking shelter, a hardshell jacket, rain pants, and waterproof boots will allow you to keep hiking through inclement weather until you get to your camp. Or can just take shelter under trees or rock overhangs. Mountaineering boots are the most expensive shit ever but the one that you will come to love.. All of sportiva's mountaineering offerings are super high quality. I lucked out and scored a second hand pair of Scarpa double boots, for pretty cheap. Heres the main kit for big mountain stuff (weather depenedant) boots: Scarpa Phantom 6000 double boot which was great on 5000+M mexico volcanoes, still looking for a lighter boot that is more suited to the cascades crampons: Singing Rock Fakir 12 point strap on ice axe: Petzl glacier for walk-ups, and a pair of Singing Rock Edge hybrid tools, most recently used on some easy alpine ice on Mt Hood tent: BD Hilight 3p pack: a pretty old Gregory Serrac 45L ropes: rock or lead climbing, a Petzl 9.4mm dry 70m. glacier walk-ups, a Simond 7.8mm half rated dry 40m shell jacket: norrona faltekind parka: just got a Rab Positron Pro down jacket in anticipation for the Bolivia trip. a bit overkill for the cascades.. rock shoes: some basic shoes from a Mexican brand, Poglo
  10. My proudest climbing accomplishments thus far: -Climbing Mt Rainier last summer, via the standard (DC Route). We had perfect weather which makes a huge difference on big gnarly peaks like Rainier. Amazing to summit the mountain I grew up seeing in my backyard. Want to try other routes this season -Climbing and then circumnavigating the crater rim of Pico de Orizaba (Citlaltépetl) (5,636 m (18,491 ft). This is the most difficult climb we've done, combining a bit of rope skills (a 20m rappel off the crux of the crater circumnavigation) and of course very high elevation. We had to try multiple times to get the right snow conditions (snow was low and there was a lot of rockfall danger on our first attempt) Upcoming objectives: -Have an expedition to Bolivia Cordillera Real planned for next year. Will be first 6000m peaks. In the meantime climbing as much as possible in the pnw this summer. Some photos: Descending the Glacier Jamapa on Pico de Orizaba December 2020: Crater Rim Circumnavigation Citlaltepetl January 2021: Alpine start on Citlaltepetl: Socked-in weather on Mt Hood May 2021: Rock climbing at Las Manzanas, Mexico 2020: More at my ig here if ya care: https://www.instagram.com/mitchlorberau/
  11. I have gone deep into both rock climbing and mountain climbing in the last few years, and they are both an incredible way to enjoy nature, get really fit, as well as spend all of your disposable income on gear, lol. I didn't start climbing until I lived in Mexico City. Turns out there is a ton of rock climbing and high altitude glaciated mountains within hours of the city, and there I caught the climbing bug big-time. The mountian climbing started gradual, beginning with longer hikes and then working my way up to the larger mountains (as I got the requisite gear to do so). Iztaccihuatl was a milestone for me and my climbing partner, being our first high altitude (5,230 m (17,160 ft) glaciated peak that introduced us to how intense and rewarding climbing can be. You really do have to be able to deal with suffering, and take a methodical approach to these type of objectives. To take our mountain skills to the next level, including the use of ropes, we then enrolled in a rock climbing class. I do think its important to take a class or apprentice under a very well qualified friend, because you REALLY have to know what you're doing in any sort of vertical rope work. But rock climbing has an interesting and varied culture, and is a great way to make friends. Many people start with indoor gym climbing before climbing outdoors, I've only recently enrolled in a gym for the first time recently. My skill level with outdoor climbing peaked around leading 5.9, and some 5.10a routes, so I'm hoping to use the gym to compliment and grow my skill level here. I recently moved back the pacific northwest usa, and am astounded by the mountainous paradise that surrounds me now. Looking forward to tons of mountaineering here, and trad and alpine climbing is a whole other discpline that I want to learn now. I'll add some pics in the next post
  12. Banged this one on for the first time in a while. while I still think its a bit over-long as an album, there are some TOP tier tunes on here> Creon Happy, Hovagen, Green Night, Greatsby, and Shadowphax2 in particular are pure joy Also, where the fuck does time go, maaaan. I remember him announcing a preview with Creon Happy like it was yesterday. But this is already more than 3 yrs old
  13. blessed be the bros jenkinson. along with the fmwt reissue they've dominated my listening this week.
  14. Thanks, was just looking back at last year so theyre from different trips/mountains. Also quality here is crusty because i just downloaded them from my own instragram rather than pulling up the source 😂
  15. i've thought about making a climbing thread for some time but always too lazy to do so. anyway heres some of my fav mountain photos from the last year or so. all are from a mediocre phone camera, the landscapes do all the work
  16. Loving how this seems to reference all the facets of ceephax's sound, which is a nice change of pace since his last 2 full length albums had a more consistent, almost "professional" (lol) vibe. I like it when he does his thing and bounces between genres as on here. If i were hearing Capsule in Space and Fossil Funk for the first time, the album would probably be 10/10, but since I know them so well it kinda throws off the flow of the album for me. Capsule in Space new mix is heavy on the bass. I'm actually not sure if I prefer it, but it would probably rip on a club soundsystem. Housedream kinda sounds like a Larry Heard tribute? Awesome melody there. Waltzacid is still my fav new track overall. Newsround is a top notch smooth acid roller
  17. I never really mentioned it on watmm, but i got super obsessed with those korg tunings tracks for a while when they came out. really addictive stuff. i assume they were all made on the monologue? there is a release it reminds me of by a different artist, that was composed entirely on korg mono/poly, and has a lot in common if anyone else loves this vibe
  18. not official but amazing:
  19. The goal is to reach herd immunity through vaccinations, which is the strongest scientifically based approach to save lives. And since there is no shortage of vaccine availability (at least in here in WA state and other states of friends I've talked to), i think the approach is solid: loosen restrictions, continue to vaccinate at breakneck pace, and make sure the vaccine is available to everyone who wants it. That last point is key because it gives the power to each person. If someone chooses to not get vaccinated then it's on them to continue to use mask and social distancing. What makes you think this is a naive strategy?
  20. Just peeped ma mans website for the first time in a while, its packed with some fun and new art http://www.ceephax.co.uk/ Something to hold us over until the album
  21. i assume youre referring to jean-michel jarre - amazonia? i just checked it out and imo the two are not at all in the same vein, other than they both use forest samples. the jarre stuff is more emotionally direct and with a cinematic-ambient edge. while rse is more abstract in its mood/tone, and owes more to dub in its structure (especially 'snake head cemetary')
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