maybe bonkers

March 29, 2010

Bob once listed his Top Five Zen Parables. Here’s one called Maybe:

4. Maybe

An old farmer had worked his crops for many years. One day his horse ran away. Upon hearing the news, his neighbors came to visit. “Such bad luck,” they said sympathetically. “May be,” the farmer replied. The next morning the horse returned, bringing with it three other wild horses. “How wonderful,” the neighbors exclaimed. “May be,” replied the old man. The following day, his son tried to ride one of the untamed horses, was thrown, and broke his leg. The neighbors again came to offer their sympathy on his misfortune. “May be,” answered the farmer. The day after, military officials came to the village to draft young men into the army. Seeing that the son’s leg was broken, they passed him by. The neighbors congratulated the farmer on how well things had turned out. “May be,” said the farmer.

Last Friday night Ben and I were going back and forth about how to best take advantage of the foot of new snow that had fallen. Superior Main (south face) seemed like the best bet for something big and awesome, and if we did it as a dawn patrol, Ben could still meet his wife at Snowbird for a day of resort skiing.

Then Ben emailed me with the bad news–They were bombing in Little Cottonwood Saturday morning, killing any chance of a Superior dawn patrol (ironically they later cancelled the bombing).

Well that SUCKS, right?

As Buddha would say, maybe.

Because instead we headed up Big Cottonwood canyon to do Bonkers, the famous big powder shot up Broads Fork, a line I have wanted to do for a long, long time. Many Winters ago, Rick and I tried to do Bonkers, but after a 2 hour approach to the base of this 2500 foot northeast facing perfect powder run, we dug a pit, got a bit sketched, and turned around.

Not this day. This day, me, Ian, adam, and Wonder-Twin Rob started early in the flurries and fog, and as we reached the top, Buddha revealed himself (or herself) in all his (or her) glory, and the sun came out and blessed our outing.

Here’s the video, starring pretty much Ian. I used to like my video until Rob and Adam sent me their Liebowitz and Ansel Adams level pics of the day (shamelessly ripped off below). Their pictures bump the video down from Tarantino level to Michael Bay level.

As always, best viewed full screen.

And the award winning pictures. Ian, a white 15 year old from Draper, throwing signs:




Rob, doing his best Ansel Adams impression:



Adam, doing HIS best Ansel Adams impression:


Ian, on the uptrack, doing his best Ansel Adams subject impression:

And me, doing yada yada yada:

Getting ready to hit it:


Okay, a couple action shots (since it’s hard to call uptrack pictures “action” shots, although that’s where 90% of the action happens).





14 Responses to “maybe bonkers”

  1. Grizzly Adam Says:

    Definitely, maybe.

    Is Ian looking into a vanity mirror in “getting to hit it”?

  2. dug Says:

    adam, i had the same question. i do not know the answer. i mean, i THINK he’s taking a picture of broads (he he) with his phone. but i like your idea better.

  3. KanyonKris Says:

    Wow, just wow. Sweet when the maybe works out.

    When you panned to the Peeps and stopped I was frightened. Very relieved when your wagging finger appeared. Good dramatic cinematography.

  4. KP Says:

    And what film has a similar version of the zen parable delivered by Philip Seymour Hoffman in one of his best performances?

    • dug Says:

      i was actually going to use the charlie wilson’s war bit for this post, but decided to give the props to bob instead.

      • KP Says:

        Good move on supporting local business. (I won’t be able to attend RAWROD this year so please post lots of pics of your new ride.)

  5. Daren Says:

    Ok, I was bitter all weekend I didn’t go and now I’m just plain pissed. Settling for riding 3 hours on my road bike in the wind just makes it worse.

  6. rob Says:

    I love your videos.

    It’s like watching Run Lola Run but instead of Lola slamming the phone down, each “version” starts with you filling up a 44 oz DC with lime (and a fritter.)

    • dug Says:

      now that you compare me to run lola run, i’m feeling better about myself (and my videos).

      thanks for the pick me up.

  7. Nate Kingdon Says:

    BALLS! Glad I couldn’t make it. Really looked like it sucked! eff me!

  8. […] conversation was with Dug. Our plans changed slightly as the afternoon and evening wore on, but there was a thematic […]

  9. tohellandback1st Says:

    you and yours are incredible. i’ve been working my way back through a few months of posts to catch up and only NOW do i see the ‘as always, best viewed in full screen…’ um, you can do that? wow, much better; now i have to go back and watch them all over…

    Ian is white?

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