Yvon Chouinard: Conquering the Useless

February 19, 2010 By: Marshall Cutchin

180south_300.jpg“Fishing with flies takes the same approach as in Zen archery. You don’t try to hit the bull’s-eye. You concentrate instead on every step you need to take to fire the arrow. It’s the same with climbing. If you’re climbing a wall in Yosemite, the important thing is how you climb the wall, how you get to the top, because there’s no point to just getting to the top.”
From the new book about the movie “180° South” — that’s Yvon Chouinard talking about fly fishing and the similarities it has to surfing and climbing: that it’s about the process, the art of doing something useless. In the Wall Street Journal.
180 South: Conquerors of the Useless on Amazon.