area gymrat likens himself to chris sharma

8 11 2008

associated press. november 7, 2008.  boulder, colorado.

after sticking an overhanging campus move to a jug-handle on a V4 bouldering route, franklin mcdermot of fort collins, colorado announced to gym onlookers that “he was a lot like (chris) sharma”.  when asked to explain himself, the 17 year old mcdermot had this to say:

“well, you know, i’m not very good on small holds.  i’m kind of a bigger guy.  so i just like to find something i can sink my meathooks into, and just erragh!” (pantomimes throwing motion)

additionally, franklin compared his closest friend and bouldering partner for the day; james burnberry, to obe (carrion) for being unable to do the move.  when asked if he would care to liken any of his other friends to well known climbing celebrities, franklin responded that amy gladstone was kind of like dave graham because she had good footwork and no visible muscle to speak of.  franklin was last seen attempting to rip the sleeves off of his shirt while extolling the virtues of gradeless climbing to a full-body-harnessed four year old.

-the architect

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5 responses

9 11 2008
thereverend

el oh el (!)

10 11 2008
peter b

The scenario outlined here has a number of problems. First, who is Obe Carrion? Second, Chris is known as “Chris” not “Sharma”. Third, the gym (Boulder? Fort Collins? Denver? is not specified. Was it the Spot? Presence of “full-body-harnessed four year old” indicates Boulder Rock Club where said incident could well have happened. Fourth, video(s) quoted/paraphrased appear to be Free Hueco and/or Rampage which came out on VHS, said technology not even being available at the time of McDermot’s likely age of viewing–however this does date blogger’s own period of excessive climbing video watching.

10 11 2008
thearchitecturality

the funny thing is-
and i’m not ripping on them here, because chris and friends are alright by me,
but if you just listen to pilgrimage, without watching it, it totally sounds like a gay porno.

like totally.

11 11 2008
tissuetendons

i have a feeling this article emerged from a bogus source. you start trusting your fact checking department, and -blam!- they screw you every time.

great going guys. (peter: my rorty response is still forthcoming btw. just sorta inundated with ‘forthcomings’ at the moment.)

7 01 2009
doyourownthing

Very funny!

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