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Hammertoes


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I posted this over on the rousing discussion in the injuries-treatment section over a heated debate about helmet caused injuries. I thought it might be better served here. What do you think?

We climb to "stare death in the face and scream our rage at the inevitability of it", mountaineers started wearing them, because some mountaineers where overly educated physics instructors and conservative by nature.

Sport climbers started wearing them because they were not as competent as the 'Trad climbers' of the day got scarred easily and thought 'they could be hurt'. Someone told them they could have 'fun' without committing to the challenge they had undertaken

Now, your mothers have taken over their job. When you were little it started with female hysteria her prodigy would not survive to procreate and spread her genes. So you were required to wear your helmets and safety protection for bicycles, skateboards, and roller skates.

Men, being men, did not take these precautions, for us it is about the activity (who cares if you are going to die, it is living an empty life that is the tragedy). Like sperm, that gets one shot, we take ours and the adrenalin rush that goes with it. That is why old climbers don't exist; we all embraced our angst and our activity as divine sport. What kind of man (climber) would give up that?

It is embracing that passion, not who is wearing a 'helmet' or why.


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It's a good excuse to get outside!


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Yeah, in the coolest kind of outside there is. But dying isn't part of my equation. Unless I die. Then it is.


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i need a good excuse to wear my rad helmet.

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Women and money.


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What are you talking about? Sometimes it is appropriate to wear a helmet (loose rock, etc...) sometimes it is not (sport climbing, single pitch trad, etc...). I may only have one shot at life, but I also do not want to get hit on the head with a rock. I am just not into that.


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I beg to differ on that one..

I mean There some up sides to getting hit on the head with a huge stone... If you had a crappy week... boom you forgot it, you get a cool scar...

The scary part is if that concussion starts causing frequent lose of memories.. than you need to start tattoing all the important stuff on you... like...

What was I talking about?

Icy, WTF... where am I :), Frosty


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I climb to "stare death in the face and scream our rage at the inevitability of it"

There, I fixed that for you.

I climb to get outside in the beauty of nature, to see this beauty from a perspective that many people never will, and to stay active and healthy. That is the reason that I climb.

And wearing a helmet or not is totally climb and rock type dependent.


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I climb because I'm insecure about the size of my penis.


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I'd love to share with you why but its a bit personal. So I will tell you this:

I cant control my alter ago and it tells me that you havent seen what I've seen.


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i climb for the community within. climbers are some of the most relaxed and cool people i have ever met. with the exception of some. i also climb because it make life interesting and it is a good convo starter at the bar.


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it beats sitting on the couch watching tv like the rest of America


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Hotpies wrote:
I climb because I'm insecure about the size of my penis.

Good to know there are kindred spirits out there for me.


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angry wrote:
I climb to look hot.

yer gonna need a bigger helmetWink


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because it's fun


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There is a small contengent of gnomes that force me to cllimb or else eat exclusivley old taco bell burritoes for the rest of my life. Therefore i climb.


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Why not?

But more importantly, I climb just to find out what's the big fuzz is all about the view up there that people kept talking about.


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for me...it goes hand in hand with being outdoors. Camping, hiking, climbing, fishing, swimming...all outdoor activities I enjoy partaking in and can usually do most if not all in the same general area, and you can't beat the cool scars you get!


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jpetsch123 wrote:
There is a small contengent of gnomes that force me to cllimb or else eat exclusivley old taco bell burritoes for the rest of my life. Therefore i climb.

Wow, that's really weird! Me too!


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I climb to be closer to God.


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Why do you climb?

Is there an echo? I swear my wife asks me that every day.


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It's more fun then not climbing.


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I climb because I am here.


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The harness makes my package look big


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sdonis wrote:
The harness makes my package look big
Emphasis on the word *look*.


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those fucking gnomes man >.>


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Being outdoors, meeting great people, spending time with partners that I love, sending something that I thought I couldn't are all great, but the reality is that I climb simply to climb. It makes no difference whether I make it to the top, or fall off as long as I climb. Climbing is life.


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WHY SHOULDN'T I? there is no legitimate reason.


(This post was edited by blkela on Jun 20, 2009, 1:32 AM)


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i climb in search of a bell to ring at the top. "LOOK MOM!!!!" ring-ling-ring-rinring-ling....


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Cause it keeps me out of trouble.


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I climb because it's fun. I also find it really relaxing. When I'm bouldering, I can just turn up my music and be in my own little world. :) I find it kind of meditative. There's no one else but me and the rock, even if it's just for a short minute. Every climber I've met thus far has been incredibly kind, laid back, and generally just fun to be around. I love the challenge of facing my fears (heights). Climbing has really helped me to conquer that. :D


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I climb because I spent 1 year on 100mgs of methadone. I got clean on my own terms as the methadone clinics just want you to stay on the "program" to get your money. NE way I started feeling normal after 2 months clean and went climbing with my brother (we were both noobs) I replaced a deadly expensive addiction with a deadly expensive addiction but my climbing life is much more fulfilling. After I got confident in the gym I started climbing outside often and began to purchase gear, with in 6months of climbing in Arkansas I found myself climbing at the gunks on the so called 5.5-5.9, 2-3pitch "moderates" the major change in my life style and over heath is directly due to climbing. I have learned more about myself and life while in backcountry and while climbing than I could have learned from any job or schooling. The mental and physical strength gained from climbing is unmatched, I think even the cockiest, biggest ego on a rope can agree with that.


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I climb because it's makes me feel free.It's the only time when I know that my next move, the next hold and the pro I place are the only things that REALLY matter.And I guess I just climb for the rock and because it's there, just waiting to be climbed.I remember that when I was little I used to go to the mountains on holiday with my parents and to this day I still think about that overwhelming feeling I had when I was first surrounded by those huge, sheer faces.And I always wondered how it would be to get up there and if they could be climbed(at that time I only did some light trekking with my parents).I just guess after all these years I got to answer part of those questions I had back then...
The only thing that makes me feel the same freedom and detachment from the world is flying sailplanes.

I guess that in the end what makes me climb and fly is being so concentrated on a single activity that I forget about everything else when I know death is just one mistake away.

And for the issues regarding death in activities such as climbing I remember a great quote I once read:

"It is one thing to be in the proximity of death, to know more or less what she is but it is quite another thing to seek her..."(think it's Hemingway but I'm not sure)

Anyway I guess I just need to get out and climb after I'm done with my final exams in Highschool(last year;I'm not climbing even near to as much or as hard as I would like to).This thread just sound like one of those AA meetings: "Hello,my name is _(insert name here)_ .I climb because..."


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sungam wrote:
It's more fun then not climbing.
seconded.


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Freedom and heights :D


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Hammertoes wrote:
I posted this over on the rousing discussion in the injuries-treatment section over a heated debate about helmet caused injuries. I thought it might be better served here. What do you think?

We climb to "stare death in the face and scream our rage at the inevitability of it", mountaineers started wearing them, because some mountaineers where overly educated physics instructors and conservative by nature.

Sport climbers started wearing them because they were not as competent as the 'Trad climbers' of the day got scarred easily and thought 'they could be hurt'. Someone told them they could have 'fun' without committing to the challenge they had undertaken

Now, your mothers have taken over their job. When you were little it started with female hysteria her prodigy would not survive to procreate and spread her genes. So you were required to wear your helmets and safety protection for bicycles, skateboards, and roller skates.

Men, being men, did not take these precautions, for us it is about the activity (who cares if you are going to die, it is living an empty life that is the tragedy). Like sperm, that gets one shot, we take ours and the adrenalin rush that goes with it. That is why old climbers don't exist; we all embraced our angst and our activity as divine sport. What kind of man (climber) would give up that?

It is embracing that passion, not who is wearing a 'helmet' or why.

I have one question only... did you get the hammer toes from wearing 4-inch black spikes?

DMT


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those fucking gnomes man >.>

Hahahaha the fucking Nam man... good one!

DMT


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I climb because I am here.
You absolutely cannot be here. I know this for fact because I am here and you are not...LOL
I climb because I was told there is a big bag of ah ... stuff up there. oh I guess not.
actually I climbed for the same reason I started racing boats. I AM an Adrenalin junkie and at least for now adrenalin made by your own body is still legal. The fact that looking up at the top of a bluff from the bottom gets hard on thy neck. only adds to the desire.
The I think Can get up to there is a major contributing factor
We all need challenges
I like cleaning off a 80 foot route in the spring.AH.. NO! thats one thing I am not fond of. But it does sure show you where the holds are LOL.
AM I nutz? AM I the only one that feels like when I am on a crag and am in the zone, at peace with my self and the earth. That the rock feeds me energy?
There is only one other group of sports nuts that compare to the climbing family and that is the hobby boat racing family.
Rock on brothers and sisters


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I like to get high with a little help from my friends.


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Men, being men, did not take these precautions, for us it is about the activity (who cares if you are going to die, it is living an empty life that is the tragedy). Like sperm, that gets one shot, we take ours and the adrenalin rush that goes with it. That is why old climbers don't exist; we all embraced our angst and our activity as divine sport. What kind of man (climber) would give up that?

I wouldn't equate my life to that of sperm... to spend life in dark warm moist places doesn't invoke much of a desire to climb...


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I climb because I enjoy it.
I can look back at a 400 foot wall me a my buddy just climbed, and say wow we climb that with just the gear at our sides.
It just dosent get much better than that.


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jeepnphreak wrote:
I climb because I enjoy it.
I can look back at a 400 foot wall me a my buddy just climbed, and say wow we climb that with just the gear at our sides.
It just dosent get much better than that.

It does, but then you have no gear at your side and we're not supposed to talk about that here.


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Golf is too hard.

Curt


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angry wrote:
jeepnphreak wrote:
I climb because I enjoy it.
I can look back at a 400 foot wall me a my buddy just climbed, and say wow we climb that with just the gear at our sides.
It just dosent get much better than that.

It does, but then you have no gear at your side and we're not supposed to talk about that here.

Which is why I did'nt mention it Cool


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Because it's there.


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It's more fun then not climbing.

I can't put it any better.

I started climbing in 1984, and I have never had a good answer to this question.

Secretly, I hope to become famous, land some big sponsorship contract, and retire on the interest the money earns. (Oh, climbing, not football.)Blush


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I'm addicted...


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I climb because I find the precision, control and strength required for each move to be beautiful. I like the feeling of flowing up a climb....making something that is difficult look effortless.


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Bats wrote:
I like to get high with a little help from my friends.

Isn't this the song from the wonder years?


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airscape wrote:
Bats wrote:
I like to get high with a little help from my friends.

Isn't this the song from the wonder years?

Face palm...


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I climb for the chicks, you know how often I get laid just because I climb 5.9?


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it's a better distraction than the N.F.L.


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rschap wrote:
I climb for the chicks, you know how often I get laid just because I climb 5.9?

Probably less than you get laid for other reasons.


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johnwesely wrote:
rschap wrote:
I climb for the chicks, you know how often I get laid just because I climb 5.9?

Probably less than you get laid for other reasons.

What is the square root of negative one?

DMT


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dingus wrote:
johnwesely wrote:
rschap wrote:
I climb for the chicks, you know how often I get laid just because I climb 5.9?

Probably less than you get laid for other reasons.

What is the square root of negative one?

DMT

i?


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Yes an imaginary number hehe.

DMT


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Yes an imaginary number hehe.

DMT

Oh. I get it.


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No, you guys are wrong, the girls are all over me. Especially when I yell out real loud pulling the crux, it’s like a lion roar. It drives the girls crazy.


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No, you guys are wrong, the girls are all over me. Especially when I yell out real loud pulling the crux, it’s like a lion roar. It drives the girls crazy.

Amazing!


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curt wrote:
Golf is too hard has too many stupid social rules that don't allow you get away from work and your boss (that and he expects to win even if he sucks - that and he doesn't like me much because I don't let him win).

Curt

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dingus wrote:
Yes an imaginary number hehe.

DMT

I love imaginary numbers: Eleventeen, twelveandthirty.


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airscape wrote:
dingus wrote:
Yes an imaginary number hehe.

DMT

I love imaginary numbers: Eleventeen, twelveandthirty.

No those are real.

DMT


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I climb because during the winter I am a house bitch.
During the late spring through late fall I work and I need something to get me out of "HB" duties on weekends.Cool

In all honesty I climb because I own the gear. If I didn't I wouldn't climb.Sly


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rschap wrote:
I climb for the chicks, you know how often I get laid just because I climb 5.9?

I found there is no correlation between the grade you climb at and the frequency of getting laid.
...................maybe cuz I'm one ugly dude!Blush
And when I first started climbing I thought it would help.UnsureLaugh


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I climb b.c i am extremely afraid of heights and it is my way of conquering my fear, and showing that your mind can overcome your body.


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I climb because I like the sound of gear clinking together when clipped into my harness.


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I climb because I like the sound of gear clinking together when clipped into my harness.

I climb to get into my bed. It's like this serious highball V17 8 foot high beast with a gnar mantle at the top. I need 4 sessions in the gym a week just to be able to get into it! I wish Sharma would come here and fail so I finally get the recognition I deserve!


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I climb because I need a way to release. When I was in the Corps, it was the war. Now that I'm retired, it's the rock.

I love that it's just me and the rock. Nothing else matters. The only thing I think about is that next move.

clymbrchk wrote:
I climb because I like the sound of gear clinking together when clipped into my harness.

I love that sound! I bought extra biners just for more clinkage in fact.


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I_do wrote:
clymbrchk wrote:
I climb because I like the sound of gear clinking together when clipped into my harness.

I climb to get into my bed. It's like this serious highball V17 8 foot high beast with a gnar mantle at the top. I need 4 sessions in the gym a week just to be able to get into it! I wish Sharma would come here and fail so I finally get the recognition I deserve!

You want to get Sharma in to bed...?


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jeepnphreak wrote:
I_do wrote:
clymbrchk wrote:
I climb because I like the sound of gear clinking together when clipped into my harness.

I climb to get into my bed. It's like this serious highball V17 8 foot high beast with a gnar mantle at the top. I need 4 sessions in the gym a week just to be able to get into it! I wish Sharma would come here and fail so I finally get the recognition I deserve!

You want to get Sharma in to bed...?

Just to make all the hot girls in the gym jealous, I would be all gnar and shizz.


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"The first question you will ask and which I must try to answer is this, 'what is the use of climbing Mount Everest ?' and my answer at once must be, 'It is no use'. There is not the slightest prospect of any gain whatsoever. Oh, we may learn a little about the behaviour of the human body at high altitudes, and possibly medical men may turn our observation to some account for the purposes of aviation. But otherwise nothing will come of it. We shall not bring back a single bit of gold or silver, not a gem, nor any coal or iron. We shall not find a single foot of earth that can be planted with crops to raise food. It's no use. So, if you cannot understand that there is something in man which responds to the challenge of this mountain and goes out to meet it, that the struggle is the struggle of life itself upward and forever upward, then you won't see why we go. What we get from this adventure is just sheer joy. And joy is, after all, the end of life. We do not live to eat and make money. We eat and make money to be able to live. That is what life means and what life is for."-George Leigh Mallory

Can't much argue with that.


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I posted this over on the rousing discussion in the injuries-treatment section over a heated debate about helmet caused injuries. I thought it might be better served here. What do you think?

We climb to "stare death in the face and scream our rage at the inevitability of it", mountaineers started wearing them, because some mountaineers where overly educated physics instructors and conservative by nature.

Sport climbers started wearing them because they were not as competent as the 'Trad climbers' of the day got scarred easily and thought 'they could be hurt'. Someone told them they could have 'fun' without committing to the challenge they had undertaken

Now, your mothers have taken over their job. When you were little it started with female hysteria her prodigy would not survive to procreate and spread her genes. So you were required to wear your helmets and safety protection for bicycles, skateboards, and roller skates.

Men, being men, did not take these precautions, for us it is about the activity (who cares if you are going to die, it is living an empty life that is the tragedy). Like sperm, that gets one shot, we take ours and the adrenalin rush that goes with it. That is why old climbers don't exist; we all embraced our angst and our activity as divine sport. What kind of man (climber) would give up that?

It is embracing that passion, not who is wearing a 'helmet' or why.
I think its hilarious how most people didn't really read this ^.
There is no question posed in the text, its just a bunch of crap on why we should or should not wear helmets.
So either this was a very successful troll, or everyone is just ignoring the op's retardedness.
On that note; I don't climb, I just lurk around RC posting stupid useless crap, but at least I wear my helmet.


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patmay81 wrote:
On that note; I don't climb, I just lurk around RC posting stupid useless crap,

You are in plentiful company.

patmay81 wrote:
but at least I wear my helmet.

Some of us have managed to live for mega years, climb for 30+, and post for a decade without a helmet. Sometimes you duck out of instinct, and other times you catch a zinger off the forehead.

I am guessing you need more Bacitracin than duck sauce.


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Men, being idiots, did not take these precautions, for us it is about the activity (who cares if you are going to die, it is living an empty life that is the tragedy).

It is so good to be a female. Since we cleared up that first part, drama club, lets get one thing straight. We stare death in the face just being alive. I spend enough time convincing my mother that I am not on a suicide mission when I rockclimb because I know what I am doing.

I climb for every reason...going to amazing places that not everyone gets to go to, the beautiful gear, the adventure, exploration...and deep down, because climbing is something that I work hard for and excel at and I like to do things I do well.


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I found there is no correlation between the grade you climb at and the frequency of getting laid.

Well, if you never got laid, regardless of the level you climbed, then, you're right, the correlation would be zero.

Jay


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"And the mountains...have been explored and celebrated, strenuously if not adequately, by swarms of poets, novelists, scientists and frost bitten inarticulate ('because it's there') mountain climbers."

just thought that was amusing, from a recently read book


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There's nothing better than the combined aroma of dirt, dry treatment, chalk, carbiner aluminum and sweat….mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm


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WHY SHOULDN'T I? there is no legitimate reason.
BECAUSE YOU COULD DIE!!!!!!!Pirate


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Because porn stars do it.



But they dont know how to tie in. Unsure


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USnavy wrote:
blkela wrote:
WHY SHOULDN'T I? there is no legitimate reason.
BECAUSE YOU COULD DIE!!!!!!!Pirate
True, but what I do for a living could kill me too.


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asiaclimber wrote:
sungam wrote:
It's more fun then not climbing.
seconded.

Thirded + street cred


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I climb because it works every muscle in my body, It's great to be outside, It puts life's little problems into perspective.


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Because it takes me to amazing places. Because it gives me a constructive outlet for my self destructive tendencies. Because it makes me feel alive. Because I meet the greatest people.


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cycle1667 wrote:
I climb because it works every muscle in my body, It's great to be outside, It puts life's little problems into perspective.

Does this mean you might all of a sudden realise it's not worth the effort to live? Climbing is depressing. I'm going to stop right now.


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I climb for the fame, fortune, and gorgeous babes on every cliff.


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I climb for the fame, fortune, and gorgeous babes on every cliff.

Things aren't working out very well for you are they...


Unimpressed


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When I climb, I forget about everything, every little insecurity or anxiety goes away when I'm on the rock.

It is also a great way for me to try and surpass myself everyday, and strive to push the limits of my body to become the best climber I can possibly be with my god given abilities and strenghts.


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Why do I climb? How else would I get up there?


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Why do I climb? How else would I get up there?

Well, you got walk up the backside of the boulder Wink


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To get away from my girl friend...
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In 24 years of climbing, I've been asked this question a lot... but I don't think I've ever really answered it. I've tried over and over again to do so, and have come up short every time.

I like the challenge of climbing, but there are times when I just want enjoy the view. I like exploring, but often, I'd rather know exactly what's over the next bulge or around the next buttress. I like the social aspects of it, but just as much, I seek out untraveled crags. I like the solitude, but can have a blast in a crowded gym, music blaring. I enjoy solving problems creatively, but sometimes, I just want to bum TR rides. I don't like to compete, but the success of my friends drives me to improve. Climbing is exciting, but it can also bore me to tears. I could say it's my sense of rugged individualism, but in today's climbing scene, that's a joke.

I suppose it could be the opposite -- I enjoy belonging to our tribe. I'd be lying if I said there wasn't some part of my psyche that simply enjoys being "a climber." But when I was a full-time guide I never told people that's what I did, and I still never bring up climbing in rooms full of non-climbers. It always sounds like a pick-up line, like I'm trying to impress.

Unless and until I figure it out, the answer is an unqualified shoulder shrug. Although, maybe hidden in my rambling, there's a reason. Climbing has given me so much, and if we're keeping score, I owe climbing much more than it owes me. My life is literally built around it. I met my wife climbing. We live at the New River Gorge to be close to climbing. Except for a few buddies from high school, every single one of my friends is a climber or has climbed. Maybe -- just maybe -- it's as simple as having my identity so wrapped up, in and around climbing, that not climbing is unthinkable.

Naw, that's not it.


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 drinkin lovin climbin doin things big son


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To get away from my girl friend...
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That's how it started for me, but now she is showing an interest in it... I guess it's time to try base jumpingTongue


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I climb for the chicks, you know how often I get laid just because I climb 5.9?

I can only imagine the dragons you slay. Your comment makes me think your bringing distracting baggage to the cliff, probably the reason your not progressing and still climbing 5.9...and still tagging pigs. Its a vicuous cycle.


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People climb so they are prepared and able to escape to shelter when the T-Rex gets loose and attacks.

I started climbing since working at a gym looked like a sweet HS job and a great way to meet other stoners. Those were the good ol days.

I continued climbing to get over my fear of heights. I have found adrenaline to be the best drug out there, and the price is right.

Now I climb to get away from my life BS and get out in the woods to relax, and of course to maintain my over inflated ego because I climb and that makes me cooler/better/smarter than non climbers. (and all of you too since this is RC.com... you losers!)

I still keep an eye out for T-Rex, but now I am adequately prepared to escape when he attacks again.


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I climb to conquer my dreams


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kansis wrote:
I climb to conquer my dreams

Might I enquire as to what the fuck this means?


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airscape wrote:
kansis wrote:
I climb to conquer my dreams

Might I enquire as to what the fuck this means?

You, like, wouldn't understand man. Pufffffffff


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I turned 31, and was like "I need mountains to climb". I said it figuratively but decided to take it literally.

Also, you can only watch so much TV in your free time...get up, get out!

And, my wife is pushing to have kids in another year or so. I realize that it's not a death sentence, but it has put me on notice to take on as many challenges and adventures I can find.

I'm afraid of heights, so for me I get more thrill out of it than someone who isn't.

I enjoy it!


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I'm afraid of heights, so for me I get more thrill out of it than someone who isn't.

I hear that. At one point in life, TR on a 50 foot cliff was even heady to me! But I love it since I get the same adrenaline cleaning a pitch as other people I know only get running out mank (which generally scares me more than my buddy). I get the same rush they do, with out the broken bones if I do happen to fall. On the ropeless side of life though, it's kinda funny I feel at home topping out a 15 foot V5 over a sketchy anklebreaking landing, but still shit myself sewing up a 5.3G at a few hunderd feet.


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I believe the mountains were made for me to climb them.

But the rest of life is also important, I do not live to climb. Which is why I wear a helmet, which is why I lived past October 10, 2010, when I got hit in the head/shoulder by some good sized choss.


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Colinhoglund wrote:
I believe the mountains were made for me to climb them.

Are you willing to share?


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spikeddem wrote:
Colinhoglund wrote:
I believe the mountains were made for me to climb them.

Are you willing to share?

Lets just say that it's not a coincidence that there are rocks, and people that like to climb them. Just like there are oceans and people that like to sail etc. We were all born with a need to interact with nature in some way.


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I climb so when I finish a climb my frat brothers can slap my ass! (sarcasm)
I climb for myself and the feeling i get after accomplishing something I at one point was way out of my skill level.


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I climb because its better than sitting in front of a computer on a climbing site making believe I'm climbing. Of course you do get more bruises, sore muscles, and feeling great as well,


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I don't understand, let alone not understand.


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I climb because life is a bitch. Im a High School student, every day I go to school and get ground into the rug by the system and all its faults. I climb because high school chicks are bitches and the guys arent much better. I climb because I can try to relate to those around me, but itll never work cuz I know someday I will die on a cliff hundreds of miles away and they wont care. I climb because everything can go to shit and the rock will still be there.


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I climb because life is a bitch. Im a High School student, every day I go to school and get ground into the rug by the system and all its faults.
wahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh wahhhhhhhhhhhh


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I climb because I love the challenge, love the outdoors, I love that it is a very individual sport (the only one upset with me when I don't do as well as I could is me). I love how delicate moves can be, and how burly they can be. Some of the people I have met along the way have been incredibly interesting and inspiring.


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spikeddem wrote:
cmagee1 wrote:
I climb because life is a bitch. Im a High School student, every day I go to school and get ground into the rug by the system and all its faults.
wahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh wahhhhhhhhhhhh

we all gotta bitch about something.


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Wow that sounds like some serious teen angst! remember when life was so simple?? If you think life is going to be simpler when you're out of high school, you're in for a rude awakening my friend. Learn to appreciate life now.

RR


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Wow that sounds like some serious teen angst! remember when life was so simple?? If you think life is going to be simpler when you're out of high school, you're in for a rude awakening my friend. Learn to appreciate life now.

RR

So true! wish I was still in high school it was so much fun.


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enigma wrote:
rangerrob wrote:
Wow that sounds like some serious teen angst! remember when life was so simple?? If you think life is going to be simpler when you're out of high school, you're in for a rude awakening my friend. Learn to appreciate life now.

RR

So true! wish I was still in high school it was so much fun.

I'd rather have an your name without a G than go back to school again.


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airscape wrote:
enigma wrote:
rangerrob wrote:
Wow that sounds like some serious teen angst! remember when life was so simple?? If you think life is going to be simpler when you're out of high school, you're in for a rude awakening my friend. Learn to appreciate life now.

RR

So true! wish I was still in high school it was so much fun.

I'd rather have an your name without a G than go back to school again.

I went to an Music and Art High School in New York like the Fame H.S for gifted artists. We had 5 periods of art, we painted, we did photography, arc welding, sculpture, wrote creative stories, science, math, language , drawing, silk-screening, fashion design. poetry, dance, music, . We had so much fun even though we had to go earlier and stay later. We all were tested only 10 percent got in . We all had the same qualifications and intelligence tests, portfolios. and interviews. It was very cool,
We would all go to concerts , get the best seats at madison square garden, It was free , so if you got into a gifted high school you didn't have to pay.

Do you go to college now? What are you studying? What is your career path? I can be a quasi career counselor , I'll try Happy now?


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enigma wrote:
airscape wrote:
enigma wrote:
rangerrob wrote:
Wow that sounds like some serious teen angst! remember when life was so simple?? If you think life is going to be simpler when you're out of high school, you're in for a rude awakening my friend. Learn to appreciate life now.

RR

So true! wish I was still in high school it was so much fun.

I'd rather have an your name without a G than go back to school again.

I went to an Music and Art High School in New York like the Fame H.S for gifted artists. We had 5 periods of art, we painted, we did photography, arc welding, sculpture, wrote creative stories, science, math, language , drawing, silk-screening, fashion design. poetry, dance, music, . We had so much fun even though we had to go earlier and stay later. We all were tested only 10 percent got in . We all had the same qualifications and intelligence tests, portfolios. and interviews. It was very cool,
We would all go to concerts , get the best seats at madison square garden, It was free , so if you got into a gifted high school you didn't have to pay.

Do you go to college now? What are you studying? What is your career path? I can be a quasi career counselor , I'll try Happy now?

I'm 62.

*wheeze*



No, not really, but I'm more than half way there.
I make stuff for a living.

Any stuff.

Except plastic stuff and wood stuff.

stuff from metal.

steel even..


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airscape wrote:
enigma wrote:
airscape wrote:
enigma wrote:
rangerrob wrote:
Wow that sounds like some serious teen angst! remember when life was so simple?? If you think life is going to be simpler when you're out of high school, you're in for a rude awakening my friend. Learn to appreciate life now.

RR

So true! wish I was still in high school it was so much fun.

I'd rather have an your name without a G than go back to school again.

I went to an Music and Art High School in New York like the Fame H.S for gifted artists. We had 5 periods of art, we painted, we did photography, arc welding, sculpture, wrote creative stories, science, math, language , drawing, silk-screening, fashion design. poetry, dance, music, . We had so much fun even though we had to go earlier and stay later. We all were tested only 10 percent got in . We all had the same qualifications and intelligence tests, portfolios. and interviews. It was very cool,
We would all go to concerts , get the best seats at madison square garden, It was free , so if you got into a gifted high school you didn't have to pay.

Do you go to college now? What are you studying? What is your career path? I can be a quasi career counselor , I'll try Happy now?

I'm 62.

*wheeze*



No, not really, but I'm more than half way there.
I make stuff for a living.

Any stuff.

Except plastic stuff and wood stuff.

stuff from metal.

steel even..


Do you make sculpture? Show me a picture please.


How is South Africa? Is there alot of violence where you live? I don't like upheavals or riots. Tell me the skinny. Tongue


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escape from reality


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I climb because it makes me feel good. And probably it makes me feel good because there is something to reach. It's kind of a "the way is the goal" thing.

And if it's necessary (like outdoors) why shouldn't you wear a helmet? If you want to die or get seriously injured you can arrange that a lot easier. It's irresponsible. I have people I care for and who care for me - so - I am not having any kind of "laugh at the possibility of death need" or anything stupid like that.


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I think the helmet thing should have it's own thread, which it probably already does, but I'm too lazy to find it. If you don't wear a helmet because you like to "laugh at the possibilty of death", why waste time bringing a rope and placing pro? It's not much effort to bring and wear a helmet, and it significantly increased safety while climbing. I would assume you must free solo everything, since placing pro and clipping a rope to it takes time all it does in increase your safety. If you use a rope, sounds like someone might be affraid of death by gravity.

People who climb so they can "laugh at death" tend to be sketchy partners. I don't think many climbers would want their partner to be indifferent to being dead by the end of the day. But since you must free solo everything helmetless, you don't have to worry about ever finding/keeping a partner.

There are many reasons why people don't wear helmets, so they can laugh at the possibility of death just seems to be a silly one. Most likely you are really laughing at the possibility of a TBI Unsure

If you have ever seen someone get blasted from 100' by a locker, you might understand why I wear a helmet.


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I don't wear a helmet, mainly because I don't have one and I have a lot of other stuff I have to spend my money on but since I'm only TRing, bouldering, and sport climbing here in Texas the routes aren't long or all that sketchy (that I've climbed) so right now I think I'm ok with not having a helmet and having some other new gear instead.

The other part of the question why do I climb is harder to answer. I think the climbing community is really awesome, the dynamic between climbers is different from what I see in other sports. Like at CCS and ABS comps for example, my friend regularly places in the top 3 at CCS and usually the others in the top three are the same as well. Instead of being competitive about it what I've noticed is they all hang out with each other and climb together at the comps, what other sport is that cool where you make really good friends from all over the place.

The other thing I like is that everyone is so supportive on climbs even if they're way better than you. This past weekend we went to Reimer's and I started climbing Liposuction which I felt like I could probably do if I'd been regularly climbing all year but it was late in the evening and I was burned out and scared to death of the start but I started it anyway. about two moves in I wasn't feeling like I could finish it because of my forearms but I just hear people I didn't even know watching and yelling encouragement from the ground and it kept me going farther and even though I didn't make it to the top when I got down I got a lot of congratulations by people who had made that route look like a cake walk for them, it was just a really good feeling to me.

The sport also just seems more friendly to new people as well, I remember me and my friends first time outside at mineral wells, we went to set up the top rope anchor only to find that we didn't bring enough webbing but there was a guy climbing that loaned us some webbing and made sure we set it up right (though we'd read a ton of info and talked to people before we even headed out there about proper anchor setup) but it was really eye opening that other climbers cared about the safety of some newbies like us (though now in retrospect he probably just didn't want us to get hurt then the park close down the climbing but I like to look at it the other way haha.)

I love being outside and pushing myself to do things I never would do normally, thats why I even attempted liposuction knowing it was a little above my level. The camaraderie and being outdoors is just a irreplaceable feeling to me, plus who could forget any of the awesome after climb camping nights that go with all that just sitting by the campfire and enjoying life.


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I climb because it is an end unto itself. It's hard not to be in the moment. It's physical, it's exciting, it's difficult and rewarding.


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Because it is my "high". Stimulates dopamine ad seratonin production. Helps with depression, anxiety and is overall a very healthy thing to do. I am healthier now at 40 than I was when I was 19. I can do a one arm and win bets at parties, while most others are abdominly obese and stoned. It helps me stay focused in life. Its something I can do with my wife that we are both pationate about. Its something I can do with my future son/daughter. I can put a cool "Petzl" sticker on the back of my Toyota and not be a pozer! :) It allows for travel to really cool places and to meat other people who are generally down to earth and very healthy. Compared to bars where "other" sports meet. The Crags and campsite pints are far more enjoyable. Need I say anymore... I could go on and on! Cool


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Because it is my "high". Stimulates dopamine ad seratonin production. Helps with depression, anxiety and is overall a very healthy thing to do. I am healthier now at 40 than I was when I was 19. I can do a one arm and win bets at parties, while most others are abdominly obese and stoned. It helps me stay focused in life. Its something I can do with my wife that we are both pationate about. Its something I can do with my future son/daughter. I can put a cool "Petzl" sticker on the back of my Toyota and not be a pozer! :) It allows for travel to really cool places and to meat other people who are generally down to earth and very healthy. Compared to bars where "other" sports meet. The Crags and campsite pints are far more enjoyable. Need I say anymore... I could go on and on! Cool

One more thing!
life insurance in case of accidental death of your beloved! Pirate


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Because it is my "high". Stimulates dopamine ad seratonin production. Helps with depression, anxiety and is overall a very healthy thing to do. I am healthier now at 40 than I was when I was 19. I can do a one arm and win bets at parties, while most others are abdominly obese and stoned. It helps me stay focused in life. Its something I can do with my wife that we are both pationate about. Its something I can do with my future son/daughter. I can put a cool "Petzl" sticker on the back of my Toyota and not be a pozer! :) It allows for travel to really cool places and to meat other people who are generally down to earth and very healthy. Compared to bars where "other" sports meet. The Crags and campsite pints are far more enjoyable. Need I say anymore... I could go on and on! Cool

One more thing!
life insurance in case of accidental death of your beloved! Pirate
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Lol! My wife and I are both heavily insured! Alright I thought this was reasons TO climb !Wink


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cogmog wrote:
Because it is my "high". Stimulates dopamine ad seratonin production. Helps with depression, anxiety and is overall a very healthy thing to do. I am healthier now at 40 than I was when I was 19. I can do a one arm and win bets at parties, while most others are abdominly obese and stoned. It helps me stay focused in life. Its something I can do with my wife that we are both pationate about. Its something I can do with my future son/daughter. I can put a cool "Petzl" sticker on the back of my Toyota and not be a pozer! :) It allows for travel to really cool places and to meat other people who are generally down to earth and very healthy. Compared to bars where "other" sports meet. The Crags and campsite pints are far more enjoyable. Need I say anymore... I could go on and on! Cool

Please don't 'meat' strangers! Pirate


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donwanadi wrote:
cogmog wrote:
Because it is my "high". Stimulates dopamine ad seratonin production. Helps with depression, anxiety and is overall a very healthy thing to do. I am healthier now at 40 than I was when I was 19. I can do a one arm and win bets at parties, while most others are abdominly obese and stoned. It helps me stay focused in life. Its something I can do with my wife that we are both pationate about. Its something I can do with my future son/daughter. I can put a cool "Petzl" sticker on the back of my Toyota and not be a pozer! :) It allows for travel to really cool places and to meat other people who are generally down to earth and very healthy. Compared to bars where "other" sports meet. The Crags and campsite pints are far more enjoyable. Need I say anymore... I could go on and on! Cool

Please don't 'meat' strangers! Pirate


Rofl! No, definitely not "meat" strangers!


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I climb because friends ask me to then I say yes and I hate flaking.


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You have made a solid point about the risks and embracing it as such.


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I climb so that I can see the same view of the mountain from where the Golden eagle sits.
I climb because I feel more in touch with the rawness of mother nature.
I climb because it makes me smile.


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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVXdC-PY-nw

I climb because of that :)


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