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Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by El Duderino, Feb 9, 2010.
We went this weekend and had a blast.
I can see this quickly becoming an addiction!
I climbed a ton from middle school through college. Dropped off a bit after that but I still do it now and again. It is a blast, like solving a puzzle with a physical component.
However walls and indoor gyms are nowhere near as fun as real rock! Find a gym near you that has real rock classes and take one, you will love it!
I don't think we'll have too many options here in Florida.
I used to climb ALOT. For 10 years, I ran an outdoor challenge course for a local Boy Scout council. One side of the tower was a climbing wall. Add in the fact that I had to do all the climbing on each element for maintenance and repairs.......I got my skills down pat!
I hear it's pretty flat down there ...
It'll give you an excuse to come visit us in other states
Climbing is a lot of fun - I was into it a lot in scouts and as a teenager, but have fallen out of it recently.
Have fun with your new hobby!
I never really gave it much thought but I was shocked at what a workout it was. We're both in pretty good shape, we run, bike, hike, lift etc...regularly. After the second wall I was totally out of gas. Can't wait to get back at it!
That brings up a question...how do you deal with the cold and numb fingers when you're out there like that?
It was in the 40's here this weekend and by the time I got to the top my fingers were completely numb.
Honestly, you just learn to deal with it. There are a few tricks but that's all they are, tricks. I put a handwarmer in my chalk bag if it's really cold sometimes.
Devildog, I'm no expert climber but it looks like you are backclipped.
Nope, the draw is twisted.
To the op: climbing is awesome it's just too bad your in the flatlands of Florida. Climbing real rock is to climbing fake walls as shootig a m82 is to shooting a 10/22... Yes it's that much better
Grew up messing around on the rocks in S. Utah. Never any serious roped climbing though. Got into canyoneering a few years ago... glad I had learned some good downclimbing/stemming/etc moves. Someday though I'd like to do...
But for now, it's mostly sliding down, rather than going up... though there's still a fair amount of 'climbing'.
OK, I see, I looked at the first picture more closely. I thought the gate was sitting straight out but now I do see the twist in the draw strap. Nice pictures by the way.
I found that taking a dump in your pants helps keep your mind off the cold and the heights.
Well, of course it does, way ahead of you on that.
And everyone was impressed with my Kong-like poo flinging skills when I reached the top of the tower.
I've been climbing for 6 years. Amazing sport. Can be pretty hard on the body though. I'm recovering from a torn rotator cuff and hoping to build up the strength to spend a week or so in CO at Shelf Road this summer. Maybe in a couple years I'll be ready for Rifle. As if... Doesn't hurt to dream though!
I've got an open invitation to visit Crete (my best friend's mom lives there). Hoping to hit that up within the next several years as well (gotta' ditch the training wheels and move to trad first).
Climbing is the best sport!
Lead climbing is in a different league than being top-roped in a gym or on an artificial wall.
I used to climb but lost interest after seeing someone take a fall, all because they didn't tie their water knot correctly. It didn't kill the guy (although it should have), and it was exceedingly violent to witness. That part I wasn't expecting.
I thought I'd go back to it some day, but a wife and kids put a nail in that coffin, and I sold all my gear. Kept my shoes, though.
Yep, I climb all the time.
After you climb long enough you pretty much lose your fear. Still gets me on the hard trad climbs as you never quite completely trust your gear. I do really love it. It's mentally and physically tough.