Aug 26, 2013, 8:32 AM
Registered: Aug 3, 2007
Fred, 10c is exceptional for your first day out.
The thing is, 10c (or any grade) comes in many shapes and sizes. Yours is not the first post of it's type here, which, I think, is what led to the flaming you received.
Climbing at a gym is generally a bit easier in part because the holds are so obvious. The gymnastic difficulty may well have been 10c, but it is easy to see the holds.
Gain some perspective by traveling a bit, and climb on natural rock. As stated above, you may well find yourself having difficulty on a 5.6 or 5.7, especially an old one. I know it doesn't make sense, but that is how "rock" climbing, rather than "plastic and wood" climbing is.
Personally, I think climbing on rocks is way more fun and varied. For me, plastic is only for training, but rocks are for fun.
I'd much rather have fun. You obviously have a lot of potential, and I hope you will read and learn some of the history of the sport, and gain a deeper understanding of the numbers. You might not even be able to get off the ground on a 10c fist crack, or a 10c slab route.
(This post was edited by onceahardman on Aug 26, 2013, 8:32 AM)