What is the most important part of an experience?

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billyymc billyymc
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MC2 5678F589 wrote
Rich people love to do the "experience collecting" thing these days.
If it were just rich people, social media wouldn't exist. For many people the experience didn't happen if it's not posted on Facebook or Instagram or NYSBlog.

We are all guilty of it at times, but a large segment of the population posts somewhere every time they wipe their ass without getting any on their hands. For them the experience doesn't matter one bit, just the perception of the experience. And that lowers the bar for everyone else.

The importance of the experience should be personal, but it no longer is.
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billyymc wrote
MC2 5678F589 wrote
Rich people love to do the "experience collecting" thing these days.
If it were just rich people, social media wouldn't exist. For many people the experience didn't happen if it's not posted on Facebook or Instagram or NYSBlog.

We are all guilty of it at times, but a large segment of the population posts somewhere every time they wipe their ass without getting any on their hands. For them the experience doesn't matter one bit, just the perception of the experience. And that lowers the bar for everyone else.

The importance of the experience should be personal, but it no longer is.
So do you think people post stuff on NYSBlog to brag or boast, or show how rad they are.  Maybe some do, but that is not my purpose.  I'd just as soon not mess around taking pics or making video shorts as it's a PITA, but I figure if I put a little something out there from each outing (if I can), then maybe it brings a little stoke to someone else.  Maybe not?  

For sure any little scrap that gets dragged back here on my shoe is in no way a true representation of my experience.  A picture, a video, some words can't really capture it.  

I actually think some of these forums could use a lot more experience type posts - it seems everyone got sour about them and now forums are all about the argument, politics, or whatever BS people can drag out.
raisingarizona raisingarizona
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I really like taking photos or editing my cheesy little video segments. It’s fun. If someone thinks I do it for showing off or bragging they couldn’t be more wrong. I just love creating stuff and sharing it with others.

I’m with Matt, I get super bored with things I’ve been doing for a while but there’s usually other ways to stay entertained. That’s trail building and advocacy for me. I don’t ride that much anymore to be honest. I got bored but once we finish this project I imagine I’ll be motivated for a little while. Riding is cool but there’s nothing like investing years of time as well as blood, sweat and back breaking work into a trail that you eventually get to ride. That’s the buzz I’m after and keeps me excited about being here.

To play devils advocate, even if I might judge someone’s experience or the motive behind it, at least they are doing something. A shift from valuing material to valuing experience is probably still a net gain I’m thinking.
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Santa knows.


raisingarizona raisingarizona
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Oh snap!
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raisingarizona wrote
I really like taking photos or editing my cheesy little video segments. It’s fun. If someone thinks I do it for showing off or bragging they couldn’t be more wrong. I just love creating stuff and sharing it with others. ...

... A shift from valuing material to valuing experience is probably still a net gain I’m thinking.
Agree with both sentiments. Obviously I’m not some great world-class skier but I’ve got a creative itch I get to scratch by writing for the blog and/or posting TRs on here. Hopefully it entertains or adds to somebody’s stoke level along the way. I don’t worry a ton about how legit my “experience” is or how it measures up against somebody else’s. I do the stuff I like when I have time to do it.

Back to the original question, yes, canned-hunts are lame. If there’s a silver lining, though, at least the animals being killed that way have generally better lives then say a chicken raised on a factory farm or a cow that’s been fattened up in a feed lot.
"You want your skis? Go get 'em!" -W. Miller
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Experience is in the moment.  The moment is the most important.
You create that moment - you set it up.  
 
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Its entertains me BS...thanks.
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What aspects make accomplishments feel special?
Special accomplishments are those that, despite your best efforts, use of the language and selected audience, you can't possibly describe the elation, relief or genuine unique experience you got in the process.

For instance, it happened for me the day I planted over 5000 trees in a day, again when I drove from Bismarck, ND to Lethbridge, AB with $10 to my name and again any number of times.

And I also ask these questions as someone who will definitely pay tons of money to heli-ski from sick mountain peaks this winter if I win the Mega Millions tonight, bypassing the "real" experience of starting before dawn and slogging up 6,000 vertical feet to ski one run.
See above.  Sign me up.  I don't discount one's experience with the climb; I just value that time as being better spent elsewhere.

MC2 5678F589 wrote
Don't you guys get burnt out on doing the same thing over and over again, though?
No.  Sheer exhilaration every time I put a ski on its edge before the fall line and crank a turn down Skyward, bisecting corduroy with a pencil line.  No thought about work, mortgage, family/health issues.....Fucking awesome.

raisingarizona wrote
Eccentric rich folks sure do seem confused on the aspects that make accomplishments special.
"Poor people are nuts.  I'm eccentric."  - Dennis Hopper's character in Speed.
Sent from the driver's seat of my car while in motion.
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I like Brownski's reports and blogs as well. Definitely "one of us" as in dads with black ski pants preaching the gospel to our kids.
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