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Andreas Fransson Tempting Fear

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Andreas Fransson Tempting Fear

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A very thought provoking video by some very good friends (even the one in the silly baseball cap)


http://youtube.com/v/ixcFL8hOzGc
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Aw bless, hopefully he'll be able to afford a lift pass next season.
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 Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
Loved it!

A smidgen of insight into the mind of an extreme skier (am sure there is so much more that we can't know). And it puts my own awkward and paltry attempts at getting down the mountain into perspective.
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Idris, Some amazing footage. As above, I am nowhere near that level. But am just about to head out with skis and full ice climbing kit, plus technical crampons which work on my ski boots Toofy Grin If I tilt the head cam I may even get it to look steep Laughing
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Watching that made my palms sweat. I honestly don't know where people find the nerve to do stuff like that. Obviously he's technically brilliant, but still. Not many people would think it's a laugh skiing off cliffs where one slip and they're dead. Well, his friend did die, aged 29. Was it worth it?

The footage in Norway was absolutely breathtaking. I'd have skied the bottom (flat) bit, that looked lovely Blush

Looking at all those lines he'd skied, I just can't comprehend someone looking at them thinking "Yeah, bit of rope over the rocky bit, that's skiable".
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Piccadilly wrote:
Watching that made my palms sweat. I honestly don't know where people find the nerve to do stuff like that. Obviously he's technically brilliant, but still. Not many people would think it's a laugh skiing off cliffs where one slip and they're dead. Well, his friend did die, aged 29. Was it worth it?

The footage in Norway was absolutely breathtaking. I'd have skied the bottom (flat) bit, that looked lovely Blush

Looking at all those lines he'd skied, I just can't comprehend someone looking at them thinking "Yeah, bit of rope over the rocky bit, that's skiable".


Here in Chamonix the lines Andreas is skiing while not being everyone's cup of tea are not considered mythical, there are probably more than 100 people currently skiing at a similar if not equal standard.

Here is my foray into the true steep zone form a few years back

http://www.epicski.com/t/83930/aiguille-du-midi-face-nord-eugster-couloir-1st-may

Our tragic loss of our friend Felix last was not due to anything remotely extreme. He was skiing the return traverse from a run he had done more than 50 times that gets skied 1000's of times in a normal season. He was caught in an avalanche on a relatively moderate slope in bad viability.

Felix as well as a great friend was a calming influence on the more extreme adventures. He would suggest alternative lines to those planned on a day. Normally yielding not just a safer but more fun line than the one originally planned - not than any of these runs would look exactly green.

Some of Felix's exploits can be found in Andreas's Blog
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A client impresonated Andreas today:

"I'm a snowey little flower clinging on for dear life to the edge of a mountain, unitl the spring time, when I become a poet-goat"

My My this boy has changed (albeit not that much) in the 7 or so years i've known him, insane? Egomaniac? Excentric? or just plain weird???
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CH2O wrote:
insane? Egomaniac? Excentric? or just plain weird???

You mumbling about yourself there, mister wink

I have often though about tolerance of fear. Is it the case that the more you put yourself out there, the less it affects you over time? So then you push yourself further and further until you're doing pretty extreme stuff by other people's standards but not so extreme relative to what you've done before?
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Very interesting & not your typical just MTFU ski machismo. Andreas and Bjorne came across as pretty humble when met them briefly at the KMFF when they were showing the film.
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Idris wrote:
Here in Chamonix the lines Andreas is skiing while not being everyone's cup of tea are not considered mythical, there are probably more than 100 people currently skiing at a similar if not equal standard.

That few? I was under the impression that number would be higher.
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Inspiring? Sobering? Certainly interesting. You'd have to class this stuff as ski mountaineering, surely, with the emphasis for success's sake on the moutaineering skills. The hard wiring of these guys' brains I don think must just be different to the loom the rest of us have.
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Idris wrote:

Here in Chamonix the lines Andreas is skiing while not being everyone's cup of tea are not considered mythical, there are probably more than 100 people currently skiing at a similar if not equal standard.


But to distinctly average skiers like me they look insane!

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Here is my foray into the true steep zone form a few years back

http://www.epicski.com/t/83930/aiguille-du-midi-face-nord-eugster-couloir-1st-may


That's scary stuff, you must have balls of steel! I'd be frozen with terror. Well, you wouldn't catch me near anything like that.

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Our tragic loss of our friend Felix last was not due to anything remotely extreme. He was skiing the return traverse from a run he had done more than 50 times that gets skied 1000's of times in a normal season. He was caught in an avalanche on a relatively moderate slope in bad viability.


Very very sad indeed.
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http://youtube.com/v/15sRgTcBBvI
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You know it makes sense.
Laughing it's the antithesis of the Fransson aesthetic but I love it too!
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 Otherwise you'll just go on seeing the one name:
Otherwise you'll just go on seeing the one name:
Zero-G, Hope you enjoyed your morning with the greatest ski legend and lovely wifey! Blush
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CH2O, I have eyes only for my two favourite bootfitters wink It took a couple of hours before it dawned on me who he was. What a lovely, down-to-earth chap. And his other half is funny, I really like her. Hope I get to ski with her this season, I have a feeling it will be a blast.
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I struggle, he was my inspiration for years, more in a funny fun guy breaking the mould. It was great to have him know, like you, he has a solution to his problem, you may just be the one to keep him skiing!!
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Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
I think his surgeon and his bootfitter will keep him skiing but I've sent you some info by PM. However, I am more than willing to take credit, even if it's undue Toofy Grin
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