Rambles about techniques and equipment by John Middendorf
I should mention, especially for climbers, that establishing weatherproof camps in the tall trees of Tasmania requires the most expert rigging and safety skills (BBF offers regular training camps). It's fully "heads-up" in climber talk in the trees, once I was in a strong gale and it is much more intense than the experience of a severe storm on rock, as the wind comes from all directions in a tree. Securing the ledge at frame level to the tree is essential. I have uncut footage of a couple nights in a wild storm here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVjIq5Kszbc
And a short film I made back then: https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=wkH9ZKQ8SBw
Another key moment in portaledge protesting (first cable logger): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4SzXFIW5CU
The natural world is the climber’s office. It’s here that we innovate we expand, and we learn from everything around us. Nature is not a part of us, but we are a part of it. Now is not the time to sit back, but to act.
A thorough, heartbreaking and inspiring post, John. Keep up the GREAT work!
So less than a week from now, that decision will be made on the mining waste. I hope Option 4 is chosen, but if NVDA is needed, I look forward to hearing about activists achieving their objectives through a campaign of escalating actions that ultimately force the decision makers to do the right thing.
In my family of four (my sister, 62, me, 60, and my late parents, who died in 2009 and 2017) there are some 75 arrests from civil disobedience and NVDA for environmental and social justice. I highly recommend the following resource, if you are not already familiar with it:
The 2018 book HOW WE WIN: A Guide to Nonviolent Direct Action Campaigning, by George Lakey.