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dan2see


Sep 28, 2009, 10:32 AM

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Re: [ldrmn] How did you decide to do your first lead?
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When I decided to learn to lead on gear, I planned to start with the easiest climbs, and work my way up. I discussed it with my friends, who all agreed to go along with my plan.

So the first day, I did all the 5.1's I could find. Next, all the 5.2's. etc. etc.
Each time I'd build an anchor (we were good at that) and bring up my belayer, who cleaned the gear.
Nobody would agree as to whether my placements were good, but the scene was relatively low-risk. As I built skill, I also built confidence.

Unfortunately, that summer we all moved away, so my program ended for several years.

I'm climbing again. I'm mixing scrambles, sport, and trad, what-ever comes around. Every chance I get, I lead the easiest thing around. Again, as I build skill, I also build confidence. This is not a program, but it's just as good, because it's all rock-time.

I've got a long way to go. What I need more than anything else is a climbing buddy on the same level -- maybe next summer will be my big-time.


(This post was edited by dan2see on Sep 28, 2009, 10:34 AM)



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