Underwhelmed

Jonathan Siegrist, writing about the end of his time in Las Vegas for the season as well as a brief visit he made to the much-hyped limestone in Ely, NV:

To be downright honest I was underwhelmed – but I also went there with pretty big expectations. There is some potential there, and the Mondo Cave is absolutely enormous, but for now I feel like my time and energy can be better spent elsewhere. The cave has great rock, but it also has a lot of poor rock – logistically it’s a little strange.

The expectations game in climbing can be a bit of a mind-f*ck for all of us, not just professionals.  So much of our experience upon first visiting an area is colored by the expectations set prior to that visit by stories and beta gleaned from others as well as a natural excitement I think we all have when seeing a new place.  Often times this leads to an underwhelming feeling like the one described by Siegrist, but as with many things in life first impressions are just that.

It’ll be interesting to see what comes of the climbing in Ely over the next decade or two.

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11 Responses to Underwhelmed

  1. mama May 6, 2013 at 12:32 pm #

    I feel sorry for J-Star’s loss. He lives a rough life.

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    • Narc May 6, 2013 at 12:33 pm #

      Yep. He was definitely looking for sympathy…

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  2. Matt May 6, 2013 at 7:17 pm #

    In the words of a sir Artie Lange, “WAH!”.

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  3. Uggo May 7, 2013 at 8:33 am #

    just another “articulate” ego

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    • chris May 7, 2013 at 9:20 am #

      God forbid a professional athlete, or anyone for that matter, not really like a particular place.

      I’m sure you, for example, are every bit as awed and psyched by the pile of stones in the nearest neighborhood park as you are by Yosemite…

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      • Uggo May 7, 2013 at 1:28 pm #

        If the pile had good climbing I would. I forget professional athletes need to keep up in the popularity contest, not the climbing. The egotistical nuances, such as only developing where he’s guaranteed enough traffic, oh but check out the 12 I bolted at that not worthy crag, are forgiven. Usually spray and dick swinging like that is laughed at and mocked, but it is Colorado so f it, you’re right, who cares.

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        • chris May 7, 2013 at 2:31 pm #

          Right, but that pile doesn’t have climbing you’re psyched about, so you don’t rave about it…that was exactly the point.

          I still don’t get what you’re so upset about. The guy checked the place out and didn’t love it. Establishing routes is hard work, and he has the option of doing it somewhere he likes (and thinks he can make some routes that people will love), or he can do it somewhere he doesn’t love (and establish routes that he thinks nobody will like or climb).

          Seems like a lot of hate going his way for mentioning offhand his opinion on his own blog.

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  4. Narc May 7, 2013 at 2:36 pm #

    The point of sharing this was not to incite negative feelings about climbing being a competition, but rather to point out that different people have different experiences with an area depending on a wide variety of factors. Since Ely had gotten a lot of attention it seemed worth pointing out a contrary opinion, keeping in mind that is just one opinion.

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    • Uggo May 7, 2013 at 4:18 pm #

      Welcome to the Internet?

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      • Narc May 7, 2013 at 4:27 pm #

        Fun place, isn’t it?

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  5. peterbeal May 7, 2013 at 5:26 pm #

    FWIW, Jonathan is one of the least egotistical climbers I have ever known,and with an unmatched record among his generation. If he doesn’t think Ely is a great place to climb, at least he’s earned the right to say it.

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