Not only did he photoshop the image and try and pass it off as the real deal (he only admitted it after being called out), he doesn't even credit the photographers after being found out.
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Followed by:When I first saw this route I was inspired for the free solo I set up the achors and rope for abseil to get a closer look. On the decent I heared birds chirping from the hole Nonetheless I abseiled down. One section was slightly damp. I reached the bottom and pulled the rope. Before solo, my intuition said - the rock is slightly damp so take a carabiner and sling just in case. I wrapped the sling and carabiner around my chest and with chalk in hands started climbing. I was completely alone in that moment. At halfway the nesting birds started screeching and two big Jackal Buzzards flew out of the nest. One flew from the East and the other from the West. They were serious and going in for the kill. I was really afraid. I gripped the rock tightly. And knew I had to react quickly to survive. They were going for my eyes. I took the sling and carabiner off my chest, held onto the rock with one hand and swung the sling with the carabiner at the birds. I was shouting and swearing. It was a tense moment. The fight went on for about ten minutes The buzzard's eyes locked in on mine with intent to kill. They dive bombed me in succession. I swung hard and fast. Each time just missing. I swung again and came close to striking on one occasion. It was either going to be me or the birds. And I hadn't come so far to let these Jackal Buzzards kill me. I fought my heart out and eventually the birds realised I was serious too. They backed away and flew off. I wrapped the sling and carabiner around my chest. My heart was racing. I knew I had to stay focussed and climb to the top. I found my balance and climbed onwards anticipating the next attack. The buzzards were screeching from across the valley. But they did not return. I climbed on to the summit as quickly as I could. Yes. I made it. I'm alive!
Ja neeIt was disrespectful of the birds to attack like that. I was far away from the nest. But one can't reason with agressive birds. And they were very aggressive. I do believe that respect for nature is essential. Now more than ever it's important that we restore a sustainable relationship with nature. And my work aims to motivate people to get outdoors and experience the wilderness responsibly. However there are always exceptions to the rule. In this case the situation was unforseable. A few more facts, the route is about 10 meters from the hole. And I was not intruding on the nest. The birds attacked without warning and were in for the kill. If I was stealing the eggs or young or trying to harm them then I would accept that I was wrong and agree with you. But in this case my response was correct. It was life or death on the edge and in that moment I protected my life, as you or any other person would have done.
So Matt, please tell us is this what you advocate as ok behaviour when you take new climbers outside? Just curious.
You admitted you knew they were there before you started to climb. Now any of us could have made the same mistake thinking they won't be disturbed, but instead of justifying your "f*ck the birds" attitude, if you had simply owned up to having made a mistake the world would have moved on. But you know, your followers have to know don't they?
If you had kept quiet, no one would have known.