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Rock climbing anyone?(14 posts)

Rock climbing anyone?Spinchick
Oct 26, 2001 1:00 PM
Just went to a climbing gym the other day for the first time. Semi-non-weight bearing anyway. Anyone else climb? Great fun except for my fear of heights. Yikes...
this is beer & farting forum, no rock climbing NMJs Haiku Shop
Oct 26, 2001 1:27 PM
Oh, ye of little faith...Spinchick
Oct 26, 2001 1:39 PM
these three things are NOT mutually exclusive. In fact, beer will help out with the fear of heights I would imagine. As for the other, well, I have no actual experience... :-p
Miss M is starting too.MB1
Oct 26, 2001 3:51 PM
Along with her Boxing classes, body sculpting and power yoga. Plus a 5-6 mile run every morning. Me, I like to sleep in.....
I'll passmickey-mac
Oct 26, 2001 4:00 PM
A friend from school was an avid climber. He came back from a weekend of climbing in the Tucson area with the worst case of road rash (rock rash?) I've ever seen. It basically covered the entire right side of his body. That memory, coupled with the fact that I've got the upper body strength of a six year old girl, has kept me off the rocks.
Upper body strength of a six year girlhms
Oct 26, 2001 6:56 PM
If you really have the upper body strength of a six year girl, you may do very well on the rocks. After having been to rock climbing classes with my daughters (now 9 and 12), I can tell you that six year girls can climb very well. Now, when I fell off the wall on parents day ... that's another story.
Upper body strength of a six year girlmickey-mac
Oct 26, 2001 8:02 PM
Unfortunately the rest of the body belongs to a 38 year old guy. Six year old girl arms might move a six year old girl up the rocks pretty well, but they're not going to do much for me. I have a four year old daughter who could probably out-climb me. However, I'm pretty sure I'd be able to take her on a a 20k uphill time trial.
Your four year old probably could out-climb me, toohms
Oct 28, 2001 8:11 AM
Yesterday I was with my daughters in a store with a small rock climbing wall. Inspired by this thread, I decided to give the wall a try. The last time I tried climbing (about two years ago), I fell off of the wall, but at least I made it almost to the top. After a year and a half of cycling, I found out yesterday that I can hardly make it a few feet off of the floor before falling off.
re: Rock climbing anyone?metonymy3
Oct 26, 2001 5:28 PM
Man, I love it! I go about once every 2 weeks or month, and I just have a blast. I'm not serious about it at all (unlike the guy I go with), so I don't go more. But it's great. I encourage anyone to go.
did before discovering bikesMike P.
Oct 27, 2001 7:40 PM
I used to climb very much before I started riding. In fact I started riding to have something to do when the weather was too foul for climbing. I didn't really spend any time climbing in a gym. I was climbing 5.11 and leading 5.9 trad and leading 5.10 sport. I don't know for sure why I've lost interest in it but I miss it a lot. I still go but I just don't have the huge desire for it I used to. Get out of the gym and go find some real rock.
I think I would love to climb outdoors on a real rock.Spinchick
Oct 28, 2001 8:35 AM
There are a couple of challenges though. First, the closest decent rock to me is 1 1/2 hours away. Second, I think I did pretty well climbing, but anxiety kept me from going to the top for a while. I finally made it to the top of the wall (equivilant to 3 story building) but I literally had an anxiety attack (or maybe it was vertigo) when I got there. I may have to chalk this one up to a sport at which I won't excel.
If heights wig you out, stay low.Mike P.
Oct 28, 2001 4:17 PM
I bouldered for almost a year before I ever got on a rope. Most rock gyms will allow bouldering, below a certain height anyway. There is a nice slab of sandstone a 15 minute hike from the house where I spent a lot of time learning. It is 25 - 30 feet long and 12 feet high at it's highest point. I have worked out over 20 different routes on that one rock. 5 minutes back towards home is a nice bluff line with hours and hours of routes, all close to the ground. I met a fellow there one day. He had a rope and I went up for the first time. I felt comfortable, I think due to all the time I had spent bouldering, but the exposed feeling I got once I was above the tree line was a bit. . . exciting in a frightening way. Don't look down, just check out the view; (no view in a gym though).

What part of the country are you in anyway? There are things to climb just about everywhere.

Mike
Me Too!!jtolleson
Oct 28, 2001 3:03 PM
I'd still do it if it weren't for my bike crash. That fused left ankle means no delicate face work, no jammin' in cracks.

I didn't climb at your level; I was comfortable at about 5.8 on trad (only 5.6 if leading) and I'd flail my way up a 5.10 sport (following).

I miss it, and still haven't sold my rock gear.
re: Rock climbing anyone?no excuses
Oct 29, 2001 7:45 AM
I learned the sport as a belay slave for my 12 year old son. He loves the challenge, climbs indoors weekly and has been outdoors to Great Falls and Carderock a few times.
As a 285 pound lard butt, I struggle up the 5.5's in the gym and am satisfied every now and then with a 5.6.
I climbed last night for the first time since last spring and my forearms are still aching.
Enjoy the cross training opportunity.