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Climbing Tasmania's Totem Pole. 19-Jan-2015 At 11:10:27 AM Sabu
On 19/01/2015 johny wrote:
>ABC had an angle on it that they thought would appeal to a broad audience.
>Of course, I would have made it way different.Considering it was made by
>non-climbers for non-climbers, it was a decent portrayal.Do you really
>think that Australia thought "wow they really sucked the adventure out
>of the Totem Pole"? Did ABC do the Totem Pole an injustice? Are you serious?
>Also about "top roping" half the tote. Are you bitching because she did
>not lead both pitches? That is beyond petty. Also, the tyrolean was put
>in place to facilitate the video and was used by the camera guys to get
>to the tote quickly for filming.(how the f else were we suppose to do this?)
>Garry has climbed the thing a dozen times. Libby has already climbed it.
>Everyone involved has climbed the tote before. The whole thing was staged
>for the ABC... DUH! And anyway what part of the "adventure" was removed
>by the tyrolean? The swing across from the mainland? This is totally easy
>now that the carrots were replaced(obviously not by us). Dude, you seem
>to be grasping at any pathetic reason to slam this video just to be negative.
>Is it personal or are you simply cynical in nature?
>Also if you don't like Garry's new route, tell HIM about it. It had absolutely
>nothing to do with us filming gaz and libby climb the free route. It's
>like your just finding any kind of poison to inject.
>And as far as not being like the Candlestick video from the 70's. First
>off it is not the Candelstick. There is no swimming
>to get to the Totem Pole. It is way less epic. Second, they had a 30 minute
>program on prime time with a MASSIVE budget, helicopters etc. They had
>tea at the Mayor's house! We had 5 minutes and a $0 budget.
>What I find really disappointing is the negativity or complacency that
>continues to pour out of this ever more cliquey and irrelevant website.
>Climbing in Tasmania gets national news coverage(probably a first in years
>about any sort of rock climbing on national news) and the only two people
>to comment are hate filled cynics.
>I am not really surprised by this chockstoners! This is why I don't post
>any more Tassie news on your "climbing" website.

I'm disappointed you've come to this conclusion. Frankly the more climbing news that gets posted here the better, regardless of whether it leads to quality discussion, confrontational debate or just campfire banter.

I really enjoyed the video and was impressed by the quality of the reporting which was in stark contrast to that of the dawn wall write ups which were littered with rubbish. As for the production, it certainly makes more sense retrospectively knowing that Libby had already climbed the route and I had wondered that same thing about the traverse and the toprope. Of course if the only information we are given is what's shown then that's how it will be judged so I wouldn't dive into the other posters too heavily considering this.

A good video nonetheless and all involved should be pleased with being able to get something out there for the general public. Props especially for your comment that you're not alive if you don't get excited by being out there. Couldn't have said it better.

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