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Chockstone CPR and Defib 6-Nov-2021 At 10:50:06 AM One Day Hero
I think Chocky has had its time.

It's really strange to me that Superstu thinks Facebook climbing groups are a "cesspool of negativity" or whatever. I find them to be drooling, idiotic, utterly predictable circle jerks of supportive and meaningless jibber jabber. The few times I attempted to inject a bit of ODH nonsense, I was instantly banned.

The whole premise of the ODH persona was to insert a ridiculous macho caricature of a climbing hardman into the "modern" (2005) wussy world of an online climbing forum. And when I started climbing, there were madmen like Keith Bell and Fantini at the crag spouting pretty similar stuff, but backing it up with bold deeds. It was clearly ridiculous, and to this day I have no idea how much was real and how much was those guys putting on an act. I just frigging loved stepping out of boring polite suburbia as a teenage punter into a scene which was full of oddballs and characters from a bad novel. So then I imagined 1980s Fants sitting down at a keyboard and reading a bunch bumblies crapping on about slider nuts or something and just going off his nana.

Anyway, big thanks to the Chocky mods for not squashing this site into another pointless polite piece of crap. I reckon some really top shelf climbing comedy happened from time to time. I even made some friends on the internet and went climbing with them (which I swore to f---ing Christ when I first looked on here that I would never ever do).

I think it's done, most climbers these days aren't looking for humour and they're too detached from the time and place which produced comedic situations at the crag anyway.

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