“I’m An Equal Opportunity Sheriff”

I’m a big fan of the interviews done on Boulder’s ClimbTalk Radio and thanks to the hard work of Dave McAllister we can all peruse transcripts of the shows.  The latest interview to be transcribed with B3Bouldering.com‘s Jamie Emerson touches on a wide variety of topics including Jamie’s work on a guidebook for RMNP and Mt. Evans, the evolution of his blog and his status as the unofficial Sheriff of the climbing community:

You know, if I question, “Did someone start there or do this,” they take it really personally.  Even though I think it’s important that we discuss these issues and I know a lot of times it’s my friends.  In fact, I called Dave Graham out for starting in an inappropriate place and he was not happy with me, at all.  We had to have a little talk about it.  He was like, “It’s really ridiculous that you’re calling me out.”  I’m like, “Hey, I’m an equal opportunity Sheriff.  I’ll write tickets for everyone.”  No one’s above being questioned, including myself.  Ironically, I feel like I get questioned more than anyone.

Check out the full interview here.

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10 Responses to “I’m An Equal Opportunity Sheriff”

  1. Ezekiel November 8, 2011 at 1:10 pm #

    I think you should have left the other guys comment. I don’t know the guy personally, but I’m not a fan of the tone he uses when calling people out over the internet. People make mistakes, receive incorrect information from locals, and are often the victims of poor descriptions in topos. I agree with him that someone who knows the “rules” for each problem should set the record straight, but, in my opinion, he usually attributes to malice what can be better explained by ignorance. If I found out that I had started a problem incorrectly, I would have no problem with removing it from my 8a logbook and no longer taking credit for the ascent. I would be slightly annoyed, however, if someone who has never met me accused me of intentionally using the wrong start holds just so I could say I had completed a problem.
    If his intention is not to attack people, I would suggest that he choose his words more carefully in the future. Until then I think that he is stuck with the “internet Dbag” title. He seems to embrace it.

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    • Narc November 8, 2011 at 1:15 pm #

      I prefer to leave up comments like this one that actually offer a perspective that is worth reading, even if I would personally disagree with it.

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    • ammagamma November 9, 2011 at 1:18 am #

      I’m not sure if you are a regular reader of his site, but he makes it very clear on pretty much every occasion that he is not attacking people or questioning their character. 

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      • Mbsst26 November 9, 2011 at 10:09 am #

        he says it, but having to constantly reiterate it negates his good intentions of calling people out. maybe he should choose his words more carefully. 

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        • ammagamma November 9, 2011 at 8:01 pm #

          How on earth do other people’s overreactions and defensiveness have any effect on JE’s intentions?

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    • Mbsst26 November 9, 2011 at 10:08 am #

      as the author of the aforementioned removed comment, “DBAG”, you have perfectly explained my intentions without ever having spoken to me.  Yes, in the years of reading JE’s blog, his numbers centric, however i’m beyond numbers mantra couldn’t be more of a hypocrisy then Jens when he says the same thing.  From my interpretation of his posts, like most “Sheriffs”, he’s quick to point the finger and start lynchin’ before the facts are correct.  with that said, i read his blog regularly (looking for pictures, not his op-ed), i met him once, and i stand by my previous comment, DBAG.. 

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  2. OpEd November 8, 2011 at 6:57 pm #

    Everybody who appoints themselves “sheriff”: rich boy sons of established, succesful doctors:

    John Bachar–alienated himself from all his friends when he tried to call them out for climbing as hard as him, but in “bad style”
    Matt Samet–got everybody all riled up about “ethics” when he was at Climbing, then whined about his drug problem in a yuppie mag
    Jamie Emerson–new punk, same old song…we know how this one will end

    Get over it guys, accept yourselves, and re: your failure to become your dad: quit taking it out on everybody else.

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    • TheDanDan November 9, 2011 at 1:14 am #

      Read the actual interview, then try again.

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  3. Dave McAllister November 9, 2011 at 12:36 am #

    Just a quick addendum per OpEd:  Jamie didn’t “appoint” himself “sheriff”, but rather it was a moniker given him.  Jamie is really easy to pinpoint for criticism because he’s so outspoken about his beliefs. I get it and I’m not saying it’s wrong for readers or listeners to feel that way.  I used to feel that way about him myself!  But, after meeting him and talking with him numerous times, I can tell you unequivocally, he loves climbing like almost no one else we’ve had on the show.  He eats, breathes, and sleeps it.  He LOVES it.  He loves the players, he loves the places, he loves everything about the sport, despite what he says in an unedited show with no “pause” button.  I admire that.  Especially when he submits to an interview, answers every question without pause, and will come back anytime.  And, you have to admit, it’s fun to read about a guy who doesn’t lob up ethereal soundbites…boring bullshit that we’ve heard a thousand times.

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  4. Jamiecemerson November 16, 2011 at 7:54 pm #

    Thanks for the kind words Dave!

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