Dingus Milktoast wrote:Long standing topic here, the pursuit of 'firsts' as in first ascents, first free ascents, first man to do x, first WOO man to do x, etc etc etc till we get to 13 year old boy and 16 year old sailors and what have you.
Some decry it all. Others blast some 'firsts' while nearly simultaneously trumpeting their own (as holier than thee), lol.
Here's a First for yall to ponder:
Bullshit? Marketing? Cynical ploy of the underprepared? Hired guns leading the way? Seems as this one has ALL THE MAKINGS.
Who among you will take the first shot???
My take : I am reminded of road side memorials erected and maintained by those seeking remembrance and shrines to loved ones lost to automobile accidents, here in the US. See, some people appreciate them, others blast them as pollution and inappropriate. I heard a talking head once commenting to someone who didn't like them ' 'what harm do roadside memorials do, TO YOU?' There was no useful answer.
And that is sorta my take on the esoteric world of FIRSTS - so someone claims to be the first teenage mutant ninja turtle to scale Everest - of what harm is that claim, TO YOU?
There is this big ole book here in the US that is perhaps the Bible of Firsts - you can Guiness which one I am thinking of perhaps? This book attests to the human condition and the love some people hold for FIRSTS. Why not leave them to it - after all, what harm is it TO YOU?
Being that I am credited with some minor firsts in a major book, I enjoy having such a distinction. Although there is no sure way that the claim is true, being uncontestable by many, them long gone with no more to say.
The problem is with false claims, all being the word of the claimant, as photos or other proof may be undateable, leading some to reject the claim, or even maliciously accept it. I am aware of credit being granted to one who did a route long after I did, me never saying that I was the first, but then the route named after this person, all by the local enviro club. What does this matter, you say? Well, it provides some measure of experience as to the sport's ways, and justifies their overview, however unmerited.
Some firsts are like, "who's the fairest in the land," subject to argument and dissention, all subjective, of course, but add weight to a person's standing as far as whatever endeavor. So, this contest has to be carried out to determine the truth. There are those who desire no fame or acclaim, so stay silent. I do not aggressively pursue what unauthorized use of my photos on the Internet since I seek no monetary reward. But then my peak lists are being taken, as I have no financial means to assert some legal control. So there's the hitch. You can get hurt from this, so there is harm or loss, come to you by this!