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USnavy


Jul 22, 2012, 8:57 PM

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Re: [] When it it safe to be the most experienced climber in a group?
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Contrary to popular belief, the number of years you have been climbing is not necessarily an accurate indicator of your experience. Let me back this with an example. You got some kid that has only been climbing a year. But in that year he has climbed 300 days, and 2,500 routes. You have a dude that has been climbing for three years. But he only climbs two weekends a month, and he only gets in a few easy pitches per day. Who is more experienced? This notion can also be extended to trad climbing where experience is more accurately measured by how many falls you have taken on gear than by how many years you have been plugging pro. I mean who do you think knows more about making solid placements, the kid that has only been climbing trad for two years, but has taken 300 lead falls on cams, or the old man who has been climbing trad forever, but never climbs harder than 5.8 and never falls on or weights his placements?

Anyway, none of the information I talked about above is a perfect indicator of someone's experience. To determine the true level of someone's experience, you have to look at the person from a holistic view and consider all information relative to climbing such as grade ability, experience on the rock, time on the rock, experience in different forms of climbing, and on and on.


(This post was edited by USnavy on Jul 22, 2012, 9:08 PM)



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