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sdonis


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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.


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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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PigsOnDrugs wrote:
those fucking gnomes man >.>

Hahahaha the fucking Nam man... good one!

DMT


Kevthecoffeeguy


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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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Hammertoes wrote:
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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