rock climbing

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    Oct 07, 2007 2:31 AM GMT
    i wanted to know who on here climbs outside, where they climb, what ratings they're on, etc.

    i'll go first: i'm in georgia so i'm mostly confined to tennessee, alabama, and north georgia. i've also visited and climbed in berkeley, ca., the new river gorge in w.v., and some other places. i can lead 11's, but haven't made my way into 12's yet. i boulder too but not enough to know what level v i can do, i think v3 or v4.

    ok now you.

    alex
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    Oct 07, 2007 9:35 PM GMT
    I'm a climber, though not a serious one by any means. I don't have a clue what level I'm at or any of the requisite jargon; I just know I love to climb when I get the chance. I have a few friends that are big into climbing, and there are some great rocks here in Idaho to climb. There's a pretty good cliff face just outside of Boise that I have climbed a fair amount, but unfortunately it's soon going to be unclimbable. They're building houses somewhat near the cliffs and the construction is going to destabilize the wall, making it unfit for climbing. Sad face.
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    Oct 08, 2007 5:18 AM GMT
    i didn't mean to suggest that ratings are important or anything, just thought it was worth throwing out if you knew. i think the reason i've been trying to push myself lately is because a lot of the routes i see that look awesome are 12's, so it feels like i'm missing out on this big playground when i can't make it to the second clip.

    i'm really bad about crimping though and i pulled three of my fingers on one problem, so it'll be a few weeks before i'm climbing anything decent again anyway, at which point it'll be winter... ech.

    also to explain jargon: the "v" ratings are for short bouldering problems, and the 5.8, 5.9, 5.10 etc. grades are for the longer routes with the ropes.

    and crimping is where you bunch your fingers up real tight to grip something rather than keeping your hand and palm open. open handed moves are easier on the joints but people often crimp anyway either because the hold can only be gripped that way or because their hand is initially stronger in that position. also they get competitive and decide to crimp on difficult problems even though they shouldn't (cough)

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    p.s. just found the older thread about rock cimbing, but since it's from may figured i wouldn't resurrect it
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    Oct 09, 2007 5:01 AM GMT
    I'm following 5.8 and some easy 5.9. I haven't been outdoors this summer except for early June to Yosemite Valley. I haven't been doing bouldering... However I've followed some long trad routes in the last few years up to grade IV.

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    Apr 22, 2008 9:35 AM GMT
    Done a bit of climbing on most continents, but seem to have given it up of late so that I can spend my time developing a new crag. Nothing like the smell of a petrol powered hammer drill on a cold winter morning. icon_neutral.gif

    Surfing's gone out the window as well. But fortunately, it seems the work's paid off--the crag's only four months old, but it's already having a feature article written on it in The Climber, NZ's climbing rag. Maybe it's the steep, Thai limestone studded with stals and collonettes?

    Drop me a line, eh, if you're ever on a climbing tiki tour of Aotearoa!