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This is the 3rd installment of my Obsession Video's which document my never-ending obsession with a rock climb in Thailand called Greed. It is rated 8c+ (5.14c) which makes it the hardest climb in Thailand, and also it's on par with the other hardest route i've ever done! I tried this climb for the first time in January 2009 (2 weeks), and again last year in February 2011 (2 more weeks). Now i am back again for my 3rd time, and this time i am for sure the strongest i have ever been and VERY close to finishing it. In January this year i spent 3 days re-bolting Greed with Brand New Titanium Bolts that will be good for at least 100 years, and chopping off all the old rusty steel bolts. This video also documents a bit of that process on another route i re-bolted called Ant Jump 8b+ (5.14a). Hopefully i can try that route too... one day... when i am finished on Greed... My best effort on Greed [so far] this year was on February 8th when i fell just 2 holds from the top! This whole video was shot on February 10th and 11th. The climbing footage (on Greed) has been spliced together so it looks (almost) like it is with no falls, but watch closely and you'll see the splice. It is actually the footage from February 10th when i did it with one-fall; i fell down low that day, and then linked to the top... So my Obsession continues, but at least this year the clock is not ticking (as loudly in my ear!) since my flight back to Canada isn't for another 2 months!! Time is on my side this year! I hope you enjoy the film, and i hope the end is in sight!!! Cheers, Steve Townshend Tonsai, Thailand Feb 13th, 2012 PS. Please Support the Thaitanium Project. The DVD is available for purchase on the website; 1 DVD pays for 1 new Titanium bolt. Coming very soon, you will be able to purchase the ThaitaniumProject Movie for Digital Download through the web-site (that should be available sometime in March 2012). Only through donations and fund raising (by things like the sale of the Thaitanium Project Film) is it possible to re-bolt in Thailand (Bolts are expensive!). If you enjoy climbing in Thailand, or want to help a good cause, please support by donating and/or purchasing the film. www.ThaitaniumProject.com www.BlueWaterRopes.com+ More details
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This was my attempt on Feb 8th 2012. I didn't quite make it to the anchor, but i did get a new High-point! Psyched!!! I felt quite strong when i passed my old high-point and then my feet accidentally cut-loose! That zapped too much of my reserve energy and i fell 2 holds from the finishing JUG!!! I also figured out New Beta! 4 new things that are going to help a LOT!!! and since i don't think i need a LOT more help to do it... hopefully it will be enough! (3 different ways to grab 3 different holds... and also i think i'm going to skip one more bolt... Big fall potential, but it will save that LITTLE bit of energy i might need to get to the top! Always psyched to make progress, and keeping the Motivation high! Next try tomorrow (Sunday Feb 12th). More reports to follow. ~Steve+ More details
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The rock was dryer today, but still no wind (so not crisp), but way better than yesterday. i had 2 tries on the project and made it to a new high-point! Very psyched and feeling good... progress finally! hopefully the rain stays away and it stays dry (and maybe even gets windy!?!). Forecast is good for the next few days... and i still have some skin left. Indian Dinner in Ao Nang soon... All are invited (after the send; celebration dinner!! Matt... Yours is on me!! Thanks for all the belays man! you rock! hopefully i'll stop wasting your mornings soon!!!) The Obsession continues... Filmed by: Phil Chisholm www.Filzer.com+ More details
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Completely filmed with a Gopro hd2 Team E.V. 1ère manche championnat provincial. résultats 4 podiums et une 3ème place pour E.V. au classement par équipes Soyez indulgents pour les cadreurs et non ça n'a pas été filmé durant un tremblement de terre ! Si quelqu'un désire ses images vous êtes priés de me contacter: email@example.com+ More details
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This is another little blast from the past. Isaac Caldiero, Seth Giles, Tyler Webb and myself set off to the infamous Mount Clark in California for a 3 day stint of climbing. I got lucky and did the baby brother to Jumbo Love. Jumbo Pumping Hate 5.14a was put up by Randy Leavitt in the mid 90's and is truly one of the best routes of that grade I have ever done. It is totally exposed, scary, and long. Enjoy!+ More details
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it's 2012 and like i said last year, i'm back for more punishment! This is the my 4th day back on Greed 8c (5.14b) this season and i seem to have picked up right where i left off. This is a quick (and very roughly edited) clip from January 7, 2012. A Swedish girl named Matilda Söderlund is also in Thailand and decided to try the route with me this day. She looked super strong on it! Too bad she has to go home in 2 days and doesn't have enough time to properly work it and try to send. I'm sure she'll be back again... This route get's under your skin! Obsessed and psyched as ever, ~Steve Townshend+ More details
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A group of Ontario Rock Climbers trying to send their projects late into the season. Every day when the weather is good enough to climb in November (and December!) is a gift; watch these fools as they squander that gift and fall off their projects repeatedly! THEY ALL SUCK!+ More details
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