Ep.66 w/ John “Verm” Sherman on “Old Man Lightning”

By December 4, 2017Podcasts, Uncategorized

On his forthcoming film John Sherman old man lightning YosemiteOld Man Lightning, photographing the critically endangered California Condors, and training his broken body to re-send Midnight Lightning 25 years later…..

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Show Notes for episode with John Sherman:

  • The motivation behind trying to re-send the Yosemite classic, Midnight Lightning, 25 years after sending (3:42)
  • Photography and bouldering (8:34)
  • Why bouldering, and the influence of John Gill (11:25)
  • Thoughts on the rise of gym climbing (15:44)
  • Creating the V-grade system for bouldering and it’s effects on the climbing community (John’s favorite topic to cover *cue sarcastic eye roll*)  (19:27)
  • On old age, training for Midnight Lightning, and understanding pain tolerance (22:51)
  • How working with a personal trainer has fixed decades of ailments and the importance of ‘prehab’ (27:58)
  • On the decision to document the journey to re-send Midnight Lightning on film in the forthcoming movie ‘Old Man Lightning’ (32:52)
  • How this film won’t be like most climbing films *hint: there may be adult diapers involved* (34:59)
  • On trying not too take himself so seriously and the grandiose egos of climbers (36:45)
  • After all of the training and work, how close is he to re-sending Midnight Lightning (37:49)
  • Why failure is not an option for John Sherman (43:16)
  • Why John took up the effort to photograph the entire critically endangered wild California Condor population (46:30)
  • Follow-up call with John about his shoulder injury (1:04:08)

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