Rock Climbers

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

  1. OhBoy

    OhBoy Got Out

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    Went through there yesterday enjoying the dirt and trees.
    Sunny, cool, no bugs, and many with bouldering accoutrements.
    Too bad I was ATGATT for riding not climbing.
    Having a flashback...
    I remember bouldering with Dave Bengston (yeah, name dropper) in JT, he was wearing a serape, cowboy boots, and hat. Show off!
    So, it could be done with a helmet on?
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  2. RichBeBe

    RichBeBe All Hail Seitan!!! Supporter

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    I got out yesterday in the Gunks, but just did two routes (Something Interesting and Strictly to Nowhere for those who know the area). Planned to get up early and climb today for a longer day (or until it started to rain) well it was raining when I woke, so no climbing today.
  3. ]I)Money

    ]I)Money D NOT I

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    just back on ADV after a several- year hiatus. Started climbing in the interim, first as a means to rehab a shoulder surgery, then stayed because I love it. There was conversation a ways back in this thread about belay devices. I got a click up... I like that it loads just like a traditional atc, and the worst thing you can do is load it backwards, which only makes it function like a regular atc, and not lock.
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  4. UngaWunga

    UngaWunga Mosquito bait

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  5. RichBeBe

    RichBeBe All Hail Seitan!!! Supporter

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    I have never used one, but have friends that do. My issues is I want a device I can also use to rap. I do carry a grigri as it works to belay from above and be able to work ropes if I need to, and if I need to fix a line I can rap down, fix the problem and ascend using it.
    There are other methods that I can use, but a GriGri is quick and easy.
  6. UngaWunga

    UngaWunga Mosquito bait

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    Interesting. How do you ascend using a grigri?
  7. RichBeBe

    RichBeBe All Hail Seitan!!! Supporter

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    I said it wrong, not ascending a rope but climbing and using it as a backup when climbing back up. An example might be a new climber second cannot clean a piece of gear. When they get to the belay I can tie them off, fix a line, and rap down to the piece on the GriGri, then climb back up, using the GriGri as a self belay device. Not the safest recommended process, but it works.
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  8. GoGoGavin41

    GoGoGavin41 Waves to Moto Cops (and they wave back)

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    Rope solo is aid.


    Right?
  9. RichBeBe

    RichBeBe All Hail Seitan!!! Supporter

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    Using anything but being naked is aid.
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  10. MrPulldown

    MrPulldown Long timer

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    No. Still considered Free Climbing
  11. RichBeBe

    RichBeBe All Hail Seitan!!! Supporter

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    BTW the warm weather and no snow allowed this this weekend. Going to try and climb once a month (minimum) this year. My record was 20 months previously.
    IMG_20200112_155908625_BURST000_COVER_TOP.jpg
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  12. ]I)Money

    ]I)Money D NOT I

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    I really prefer just a carabiner for rappel.
  13. 2old2Bbold

    2old2Bbold was 2bold2getold

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  14. GoGoGavin41

    GoGoGavin41 Waves to Moto Cops (and they wave back)

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    With a munter hitch? What's your annual rope budget?
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  15. maineDave

    maineDave Been here awhile

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    If you like the inherent simplicity of that, have you considered a GiGi (aluminum, so it might not tick one of your boxes)?
    Elegant, versatile, compatible with half-rope systems, usable as a part of an ascender system, autoblock-capable, etc etc.
    On mid-summer black-fly-infested death approaches I'd frequently grab it over an ATC or Reverso. I like it.

    maineDave
  16. RichBeBe

    RichBeBe All Hail Seitan!!! Supporter

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    Curious what type of climbers we all are.
    Main type of climbing? Trad, sport, boulder, top rope, bouldering, gym

    Main climbing area/s?

    How often do you climb?

    Anything else?
  17. RichBeBe

    RichBeBe All Hail Seitan!!! Supporter

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    Main type of climbing? Trad but not anti-sport

    Main climbing area/s? Mostly Gunks, NY (have a house 10 minutes from there) also Dacks and Rumney and travel a lot

    How often do you climb? A few times a month and the gym weekly

    Anything else? Anyone ever want to share a rope in the north east drop me a message.
  18. 2old2Bbold

    2old2Bbold was 2bold2getold

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    Ha, the last time I did any climbing 5.10 was the highest rating. Still got all my (antique) stuff but I'll never use it again. :nah
    Layton Kor and Chouinard were still putting up routes in the Rockies. :lol3
    Never been in a gym and most of the Texas climbing is top roping at Enchanted Rock west of Austin and the Wichita's in OK, 4+ hours from my house. Went to Lumpy Ridge in Estes Park in the summers but mostly spent time on some big mountains. Pretty hard for an average guy to be a climber in Texas. :D Couldn't help it....really liked it.
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  19. UngaWunga

    UngaWunga Mosquito bait

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    You can always move...

    This is all I'm climbing right now:
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    Been climbing all over NH and MA. Been out to the Gunks twice, incredible area. Mainly sport, but have a rack and have done a little trad. Want to get back into both this year, mainly to become a better trad climber. This is the year of getting outside and doing stuff. Last year it seemed to rain every weekend.
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  20. GoGoGavin41

    GoGoGavin41 Waves to Moto Cops (and they wave back)

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    Did a lot of climbing while living in San Diego. Here's the pinnacle of my climbing life (so far); Incredible Hand Crack in Indian Creek.

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    Now I'm a Trad Dad and do most of my climbing in our dining [bouldering] room.

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