Rock Climbers

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

  1. OnOff

    OnOff Long timer

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    Moved to UT and just a complete newbie at this. Its quite humbling to watch some of my friends as they make it look easy.
    Its a fun sport but one that takes lots of practice and serious attention to rigging!
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    Some of my friends make it look wayyyy too easy
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  2. GoGoGavin41

    GoGoGavin41 Waves to Moto Cops (and they wave back)

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    That's some cool looking conglomerate, whereabouts?
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  3. OnOff

    OnOff Long timer

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    Maple Canyon in Utah. Some really neat stuff to climb. Those rocks are cemented in. You can stand on golf ball sized round rocks and they hold most of the time!
    Very pretty area.
    http://sanpete.com/pages/climb

    https://www.mountainproject.com/v/maple-canyon/105739298

    https://www.google.com/search?q=map...0ahUKEwjg6L_O5onNAhVMyGMKHYXUDbsQsAQIGw&dpr=1

    https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=maple+canyon+climbing
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  4. Andrew

    Andrew Optimus Primer Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    This reminds me, I need to throw out my 30-year old ropes, lest I or someone else be tempted to use them on a route.
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  5. GoGoGavin41

    GoGoGavin41 Waves to Moto Cops (and they wave back)

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  6. Andrew

    Andrew Optimus Primer Super Moderator Super Supporter

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  7. Hay Ewe

    Hay Ewe Just a Wannabe

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    i got a voucher for my birthday a while ago, a morning session of rock climbing.
    I used to climb real basic stuff years ago, but now getting really excited!
    I used to have shoes, but they fell off the motorbike somewhere and my harness, thats pretty old too

    There is an indoor wall / gym just opened and when I am home from work, going to head there and see if get in to something new!
    cheers!
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  8. burley

    burley alaskan wanderer

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    Caving ,count as rock climbing
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  9. RichBeBe

    RichBeBe All Hail Seitan!!! Supporter

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    So this summer I am going on a two month roadtrip. With lots of riding and climbing as well. My tentative non-plan is to load my DR650 with two sets of rims, my rock climbing gear, camping gear, and mountain bike and head west.
    Black Hills area for some riding and climbing.
    I have had always been enthralled with Devil's Tower so plan on climbing it. Either find a partner or pay a guide.
    Some climbing in Rocky Mountain National Park
    Then make a base in Salt Lake City with some riding and climbing.
    At that point leave my van, trim down my climbing gear (just enough to follow) and hit the road on the DR. Portland>San Francisco>Yosemite>LA and then back to SLC.
    Anyone live in or on the route to any of these areas and want to climb?
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  10. UngaWunga

    UngaWunga Mosquito bait

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    That sounds like an awesome trip.
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  11. Hay Ewe

    Hay Ewe Just a Wannabe

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    Went indoor climbing last. Any kind of climbing first time in years. Legs were fune but fore arms and fingers were toasted.

    Made clutch control on the moto going home somewhat weird. Farm work and big boat sailling years ago helped then, these days, offfice paper pusher not so much!
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  12. Hay Ewe

    Hay Ewe Just a Wannabe

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    going to buy some shoes in the next week
    I generally have wide shoes and have always found italian made hiking / work boots the most comfortable as they are generally made with a wider last than usual.

    Any recommendations for beginners shoes?
    Any recommendations for manufactures?

    thanks
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  13. GoGoGavin41

    GoGoGavin41 Waves to Moto Cops (and they wave back)

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    :hmmmmm Too scary, I say no.
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  14. GoGoGavin41

    GoGoGavin41 Waves to Moto Cops (and they wave back)

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    Haven't necessarily found a brand I prefer for my wide feet, but I have found that laced shoes work much better than Velcro. Difficult to get the fit right on my weird shaped feet with the later.
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  15. GoGoGavin41

    GoGoGavin41 Waves to Moto Cops (and they wave back)

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    Won't be able to join unfortunately. Get pictures of Durrance!
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  16. skortch

    skortch mmm... curvy

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    Probably way too late but...

    For a long time I climbed with 5.10 Spires. They were totally beginner shoes but very comfortable for long days. I eventually replaced them with a similar pair of Scarpa Force (made in Italy). I'm more interested in all-day comfort than an aggressive shape.

    The key is to try out a lot of pairs. I wouldn't go with too much of a downturned toe, as that is primarily for more advanced overhanging rock. Try wearing them around in the shop for a while and don't go super crazy tight in the fit to start. (Very snug is good, but not painfully tight.)

    Not sure about brands, but I've had good luck with 5.10, La Sportiva, and Scarpa. I think I have a decent pair of Evolvs somewhere in the closet, too.
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  17. Askel

    Askel Perma-n00b

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    Da UP, eh.
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  18. Andrew

    Andrew Optimus Primer Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    Hah, I bought a pair of shorts and a shirt at the Royal Robbins Berkeley store today...
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  19. RichBeBe

    RichBeBe All Hail Seitan!!! Supporter

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    Still on my road trip. Currently in RMNP and looking for partners. A week or so left, I've been in the road since July 5th.
    Anyone from this area (or Builder) and have weekdays to climb?
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  20. GoGoGavin41

    GoGoGavin41 Waves to Moto Cops (and they wave back)

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    Went up to NRG the other week. These East Coast grades are... different.

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    Great climbing though, definitely pushed my trad comfort zone. Fell multiple times on the smallest active piece I own (#1 Mastercam).
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