Fame! …and rock climbing…..

In the future, everybody will be world famous for fifteen minutes.

Presently, I scramble to find deeper meaning in my new found notoriety.  It began with the most noble of intentions, this humble blog, and quickly ballooned into a nebulous cloud of love, hate, climbing, and everything in between. I suppose I realized something bigger than myself was growing when a climber friend of mine told me Matt Segal was frantically trying to track me down; sending emails and texts out to his entire contact list. He was most likely wanting to thank me for sending views to his article. You’re welcome, Matt.

Before I knew it, gear started overwhelming my mail box. Like Santa’s sack, a seemingly never ending flow of letters and packages awaited me each week. I would like to thank Don McGrath, Ph. D., who was the first to believe in me by sending me a copy of his new book for climbers, The Vertical Mind.

Buy it on Amazon or wherever books are sold.

I’ll be honest, I didn’t read it because if you knew me you’d know I’ve been blessed with an almost unnatural talent for controlling my mind. When I climb, I don’t worry about falling because I trust my abilities, I trust the rock, and I trust the top rope to hold my fall.

Before I knew it, ropes, back packs, jackets, shirts, quickdraws, helmets, and water bottles all kept coming. I wasn’t too sure what was happening at first. I knew becoming sponsored meant a lot of free gear, but I hadn’t received any contracts faxed over or anything. What are these companies expecting me to do with all this free gear? I literally have enough to start my own gear store now…

All the climbing magazines wanted a piece of me. Dead Point Magazine put me in their December issue.  Download/get it now!

Check out the latest issue of DPM, pages 8-9

Chris Kalous at the Enormocast has since told me that our recording may have become lost or damaged, so we’ll definitely have to schedule another show together.

Climbing, Rock and Ice, Climberism, Gripped, The Climbing ZineGóryAplinist, Outside, and somehow I even had an editor from the now dead Urban Climber (Dave Graham Magazine) contact me!

Brendan Leonard was overheard calling me total-rad.

So what do you do when fame and opportunity come knocking at your door? How do I step back and make sense of this spotlight that’s been cast upon me? We are continually faced by great opportunities brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems. I remember a few years ago the biggest name being thrown around in the climbing scene (before Adam Ondra) was David Lama. The young Austrian climber did amazing things in the sport climbing world. He had everything… youth, talent, girls. He had incredible strength in his arms and fingers, but not much strength where it mattered most (see: The Vertical Mind). Then he went out to lunch, and I don’t mean the Gluten-Free kind. Bonkers, batty, berserk… he went “Full-Ueli”.

He became an alpinist?

Is this what happens with fame? Am I destined to drink Red Bull, scratch my way up a frozen Patagonian tooth, while helicopters and Red cameras shoot me in slow motion? Will my crew leave their garbage and ropes and cans of shit behind on some pristine bivy ledge, ultimately forcing me to take the blame? It wasn’t my shit!!

Renan Ozturk, how the hell am I supposed to say no to you?!

For now… I will fight the urge to walk up any mountain. I will keep hitting the ‘junk’ button on those Linked-In requests from Hayden Kennedy and Kelly Cordes. I will stay true to you, my fans, and to the thing we all love: Climbing.

I won’t forget about you guys, even if my view from the top makes you look small.

Wes

 

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19 thoughts on “Fame! …and rock climbing…..

  1. “I trust the top rope”…one of your best quotes yet! Did you tell your mom you are top roping? Not only are you a friging idiot, now your bragging about being Famous!!!???? The only you are famous for is making a fool of yourself. Go top rope in a gym. Do you even climb? (another one of your quotes).

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      • Yeah right, bub. First you call the old school climbers lame then you prop yourself up as if your you’re famous. You are like a 12 year who touched stone for his first time. Like I said, go top rope in your gym.

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      • The anonymousosity of the interwebs sure does make some people brave! Do you even have a clue, Mr/Ms Anonymous, what Wes is actually doing here? Man, Anonymouse, expand your mind, man!!! Think!

        Ignore this lame shit Wes. You’re the man! Post your address and I’ll send you a couple of sort of bent cams and some (still) usable rope; just don’t fall on this shit.

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    • @ Thewesleysummers……Man, I am so jazzed!!!!! You read my post!!! And you responded!!!!! Man, send me, via PM, your address and I will get some shit out to YOU!! Plus some wine. Serious man, I am really excited to communicate with THE MAN!!! And yes, I REALLY am a winemaker!!!!! You rock!!!!

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      • Mr. Dinegan or yearbook staff,Do senior pictures need to be sent digitally? If so, what size photo do we need to submit? Also, do you have the email address of the person we need to turn it into?Thanks for your help!

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      • We are proud and extremely excited to have you and Green Peace here with us in Texas. You came to the right spot.I want to assure you that we will be working along side of you on any project that allows us to do so.Thank you again for your dedication.

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  2. I have to say, I thought this was a joke after he posted on a popular climbing site. Now that I know he is for real, I find his philosophy alarming. The above poster is right. This guy puts down an entire generation of climbers who came before him, then promotes himself like he is famous, wow. Its really sad. Plus anyone who puts ‘The’ before his name seems very self centered. Read this guys post and tell me you really agree with him. He is ignorant and dangerous. Better off staying in the gym under strict supervision.

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  3. Dude, I’m bummed. I got gear (and a nice bottle of 2012 Syrah) and nowhere to send it. Merry Christmas and keep climbing as hard as you do.

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  4. Hey thewesleysummers, rock star (ha ha, pretty good joke if I do say so myself!!!!), where is that post about the 100 most used climbing knots? Still waiting!!!!!! And what about ice climbing advice????? It’s winter, there’s ice.

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