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The Man Who Talks To Mountains

If you want a unique perspective on the challenge of the X Games, you can do no better than to see the slopestyle through the eyes of a young man who talks to mountains.

Updated: January 28, 2008, 3:10 AM ET
By Brian Kamenetzky | EXPN.com

Lonnie Kauk feels the warm rock on his fingertips and the sun on his back as he methodically ascends the face of the rock, putting the safety of the earth deeper into the rearview mirror with each hand and foot hold. The goal is the top. Clarity, focus, and dedication to process will get him there.

"You have to be perfectly tuned in, mentally, physically, right when you start off. Hit every move right, and be psyched in your head. If you're nervous or jittery, when you get to that hard ...

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