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Rock Climbers

Discussion in 'Sports' started by GoGoGavin41, Feb 23, 2016.

  1. GoGoGavin41

    GoGoGavin41 Waves to Moto Cops (and they wave back)

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    While I agree in principle, I've found in both that having nicer stuff can make the experience more enjoyable. It is cool that they're both really lifetime sports though.
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  2. MrPulldown

    MrPulldown Long timer

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    Climbing use to be my LIFE. In fact "to pulldown" was a slang term my buddies and I use for climbing. My screen name has nothing to do with pull down menus.
    Rock climbing opened the door to mountaineering, then winter mountaineering, and now ski mountaineering. Now days I hardly get out despite having quality rock in the area. I still do a little ski mountaineering. And get on rock a couple times a year. My wife and I use to climb a lot together. But as we climbed more we realize our attraction for the sport was very different. I loved the mountain and the exposure. She liked cragging with a bunch of friends. As my kids get older I will be climbing more again hopefully.

    Lovers leap with Bro
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    My oldest climbing puppy dog crack at age 2
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    North peak
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    Shasta @14 K
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    Boys scrambling around on unnamed slabs in Tuolumne
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  3. GoGoGavin41

    GoGoGavin41 Waves to Moto Cops (and they wave back)

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    Mr pulldown, definitely jealous of you being in the Sierra. I think mammoth might be the perfect place for us to retire. Not much climbing in SC while we're here for the time being.

    In the meantime I'll reminisce: me on incredible hand crack on our cross country move a few months ago. It really was incredible.

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  4. RichBeBe

    RichBeBe All Hail Seitan!!! Supporter

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    Last week at my home crag, I live a bit under 2 hours from the Gunks and get up there often.
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    Though I guess this is not a climbing shot, but a rapping shot.
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  5. GoGoGavin41

    GoGoGavin41 Waves to Moto Cops (and they wave back)

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    I see cams, we'll allow it.
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  6. MrPulldown

    MrPulldown Long timer

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    and a nut tool
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  7. RichBeBe

    RichBeBe All Hail Seitan!!! Supporter

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    Are those the thingies that makes the valves go up and down so when the spark plug goes boom, my motorcycle goes fast?

    I call a nut tool a wrench, as it opens nuts on my bike :rofl

    Joking aside, I do love climbing and didn't start until I was 40 and out of shape, but I do it often, and lead easy trad, but love it. I think this was at the top of Arrow, which is about my limit, as it is a stiffish 5.8. Everyone says it, but the Gunks has a reputation of being a bit sandbagged.
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  8. GoGoGavin41

    GoGoGavin41 Waves to Moto Cops (and they wave back)

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    Easy trad = best trad
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  9. UngaWunga

    UngaWunga Mosquito bait

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    ayup. And right now the bugs are out in force. Sucks to be the belay slave and have to stand in a single spot for more than a few minutes these days.
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  10. GoGoGavin41

    GoGoGavin41 Waves to Moto Cops (and they wave back)

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    Just ordered a Gri Gri and bouldering pad for my wife's birthday. She's been wanting a grigri for a while to hold my heavy, hang-dogging butt in the gym. Just going to have to figure out how to lead belay with it better.

    We're not really boulderers, but with the new baby I imagine we'll be messing around with much lower / smaller stuff in the near future.
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  11. RichBeBe

    RichBeBe All Hail Seitan!!! Supporter

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    I HATE lead belaying with a GriGri and won't do it outside. In the gym I only use it if my partner is working something and is going to be a "take monster"
    But I am sure she will appreciate it, and maybe with more practice I might feel more comfortable belaying a leader on one.
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  12. RichBeBe

    RichBeBe All Hail Seitan!!! Supporter

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    Funny, i just saw this the other day
    http://stephdavis.co/blog/sprinter-questions/
    Steph Davis is one of my favorites, besides being a badass climber, BASE jumper, and wingsuit flyer she is a vegan, and now a rider.
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  13. GoGoGavin41

    GoGoGavin41 Waves to Moto Cops (and they wave back)

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    Yeah, nothing beats an ATC guide for outside. I usually see Sharma getting belayed with a grigri though, maybe my wife using one will make me a better climber :D
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  14. UngaWunga

    UngaWunga Mosquito bait

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    It makes it easier on a not-great-climber to belay, and makes me feel safer if I'm not 100% that someone can catch my fall. I also anchor down my wife when she belays for me. Not that I like to take big whippers, but if one does happen, I don't want her to panic. Gri-gri is a good thing in those scenarios.
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  15. GoGoGavin41

    GoGoGavin41 Waves to Moto Cops (and they wave back)

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    No anchor for my wife. Her 120 lbs + my 180 lbs = soft fall for me every time haha. Just kidding, I do anchor her in certain situations.
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  16. RichBeBe

    RichBeBe All Hail Seitan!!! Supporter

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    Anyone in the Northeast want to get together and do a climbing weekend? A mini ADV ride and climb.
    Gunks, Dacks, Rumney, Cannon, or wherever?
    Maybe Rumney and we can post it up in the regionals and drag a gumbie or two that want to try to climb.
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  17. UngaWunga

    UngaWunga Mosquito bait

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    Sounds good.
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  18. CarpeLiam

    CarpeLiam Adventurer

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    I'm game! I'm usually floating around NH with climbing gear on my bike, anyways!
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  19. UngaWunga

    UngaWunga Mosquito bait

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    Rumney would be easiest.... I need a little bit to warm up to a new trad climbing partner. :lol3
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  20. RichBeBe

    RichBeBe All Hail Seitan!!! Supporter

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    Just spent a 94 degree day in the Gunks, killer climbing, and believe it or not, empty. I am often up there and on "regular" weekends and it is much more crowded.
    Heading to the Dacks now to open my camp, and if I find a partner and it is dry, may try and climb tomorrow, or maybe Monday back in the Gunks, where I will have partners.
    I'm good for Rumney, Baker River Campground has always been good for me, and right up the road.
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