This falls into the gurning and general slating category opposed to any sort of useful thread, but i feel i have to mention it. Been watching vids on youtube as i often do, coming across a lot of stalkers who are in the publics eyes through internet tv or having their own stalking outfits. I listen to them and watch what they do and see someone who isn't experienced, doesn't look to be at one with what they are doing and just doing things for the camera. Even then, when stated that they are doing best practise, do some interesting things with rifles which, if i were there would lead to a conversation at the least about their actions, best practise or not..
Is it me, or does it seem that nowadays your ability seems to either be self professed by how good your website is or how good you can talk or what qualifications you hold (to a lesser extent)? Once upon a time i remember when your piers were the ones who would deem you any good or not.. not ab-initios in the sport or people who have done their DSC1 with you and sung your praises, after all, with all due respect, how accurately can a newbie, FNG or ab-initio gauge how good you are?
Stalking in my eyes has changed dramatically over the last 10 years, with more dodgy characters wheeling and dealing than i've ever seen before, more people with a nano second of experience professing to be managers because they hold whatever DSC and more people selling their services through being (and i coin a phrase used by a colleague) a self-licking lollie pop. Its not just in the recreational area, but i hear and see this happening in the contracting world as well as professional guides.
Dont get me wrong, the stalking world also has lots of good eggs in it, i've met some of them through this very site, but i also see some fonts of knowledge receding into their shells as their voices are drowned out by these self professed experts.
Sounds grumpy doesn't it.. I wonder how many others see similar behaviour themselves...