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Do you remember what you were thinking on your first climb? Did you actually trust the gear? What did you think when you turned around at the top and looked out at the view (if your first time was not in a gym)?


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thoughts during: "How the f**k is this skinny little rope going to help if I fall?"

thoughts after: (while looking out over the gorge) "Oh my God this is beautiful. This is what its all about."



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>Do you remember what you were thinking on >your first climb?

Not really, I don't think I was thinking

>Did you actually trust the gear?

Doubt it since it was probably my first "real" placments (tied off trees, Hexes, etc) but climbed anyway (gotta test it somehow)

>What did you think when you turned around >at the top and looked out at the view
>(if your first time was not in a gym)?

Oh sh*t! that was SWEET!!! this stuff DOES work!

I'm sure it went something like that...


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I remember my first climb quite clearly.
Friend of mine that I trust tells me to relax and just trust the equipment. I comply, on quivering legs, moving over the edge of the cliff and getting myself lowered to the bottom of the cliff, right above freezing cold water. Im beyoynd the point of no return, I either climb 15m up or swim 25m to the left in order to get away from that ledge. I then look up, and tries to understand how on earth I am going to get myself up again. Halfway up the wall I pause to admire the view and feel great having some troubles but coping, after that all i remember is the pain) due to borrowed and too small shoes)
When I finally got to the top I thought that there had to be better routes for beginners than that. My friend agreed but also told me that having coped with this I would be fine trying out normal beginners routes...
A pretty straightforward way to start climbing, but it sure helped me getting over the "this does not work" thoughts I had

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Sweet, and a rush.


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Man, my first outdoor climb was on a TR in this wild off-width 5.8 crack, and I got so scared! Just freaked out. I pushed through it and later in the day, I TR'd a 5.9 handcrack and a 5.10 lieback, which was sweet!

My first outdoor lead was on Crimson Chrysalis (trad), and I just remember thinking, please, please dont let the weight of all this gear pull me off the wall! LOL, we had so much gear for that climb!

The rush topping out on that monster was what hooked me for life on trad, though. It's so amazing to get to the top of the mountain using your own skills and gear placement. Such a rush!!!!


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First...

Gym- this is pretty fun, I want ott go to some real rocks

Toprope- this is even more fun that thr gym, is there anyway to make it harder?

Sportlead- This is cool, oh crap, this is coll, ahhhhh, oh it was just a bird, this is ahhhhh, the bird again

Trad lead- Hmm, these are really supposed to stop me from hitting the ground, Oh crap, h crap, oh crap, well if I put the all in, one might hold.

Aid lead- sh*t oh sh*tsh*t oh sh*tsh*t oh sh*tsh*t oh sh*tsh*t oh sh*tsh*t oh sh*tsh*t oh sh*tsh*t oh sh*tsh*t oh sh*t, I want to use my hook I just bought- twenty seconds later- crack and some rock hit me in the face when it broke from under the hook


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 I will never forget my first multi-pitch climb. Consolation at Taquitz with Paul Addison (addroids) leading. It was my second climb on rock outside of the climbing class I had taken. Mind you that I am twice Pauls age, and not in as good of shape. I was belaying and hear him cursing about how he didn't remember it being this hard. That was OK the first time. At about the third pitch, I was thinking how nice it would be to be able to walk to my car right now. My mind was well bent by this point, not by fear but by knowing that there was no turning back. Could I make it past the next crux? I had to cheat a couple of times. When we finally made it to the top, It was "Oh my God, how beautiful".


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Top Rope. About 15 or 20 feet. We were self taught (which is something I DO NOT recommend doing). It was scarey as hell and I'd say the route (if you can even call it that) was about a 5.2 or 5.3. It wasn't bad going up, just being lowered down. That was the scary part.

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yep, i remember very well. It was outdoors, not a gym.

My friends, VERY good at this told me everything i needed to know and made me feel secure and confident.

I started very well thinking I gotta make it right!. When i got to the midde of the route i was kinda worried by the bees that were above. Then i started to think about the F#@g bees and started to loose focus. I started to feel scared just at 80% of the route.

Stress made me breath very bad so i couldn't stand anymore, i started to feel cold and insecure. My hands couldn't with the pain but the worst!: i started thinking oh my God, oh my God, what am i doing? i'm blewing up this, and then i had to lower without ending the route.

Thanks to my friends i felt secure enough to try but the route wasnt easy. A friend, very nice climber (only indoors) tried and when he reached the point where i lower, he was shaking! so, this made me feel a lot better!


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My first real climb was at Pt. Dume, flashed the routes and never felt more amazing in my life. I don't know if it was the excitement, the adrenalin, the feeling of accomplishment...whatever it was it bit me hard and I've climbed nonstop over since. There's no feeling like it in the world.


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I was 11 and it was a 5.4 and all i remember was i yelled down "i cant do this the holds are to small"


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I remember my first climb out side. It was a 10a that my very experienced friend put me on. Oh yeah and it was also a lead. Figure that one out. I didnt even really know how to tie off at the top. He just talked me thru the whole thing. It was one of the most scary things i have ever done. And the only reason i didnt fall on that climb at the time was...I didnt want to use the rope to support my body weight. Well thats all that i remember about my first climb... Oh yeah it was pocket puzzel in Queen creek AZ.


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I was 14, the route was a 5.5, porobably about 20'. I had almost no trouble getting up, I couldn't beleive the view, but I half down climbed because I was so scared of being lowered. Then I asked for a harder route, so they put me on a 5.10 and laughed as I couldn't even reach the first hold and gave up.


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scary but fun


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I remember that I couldnt remember the name of the carabiners I was like "what are those funny lookin metal things with gates on the frount called again." also the first time I went climbing I (unproudly saies this) only cliped the bottom part of my harness instead of both parts, luckly Alan seen andtold me that I woulda ended up upsidedown, haha i think that woulda been funny


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With my Boy Scout troop in Joshua Tree. It wasn't the climb that hooked me, because the climb was made so easy for everyone to do it. It was the rappelling down that got me. From a steep grade over a slight ledge, then 40 feet to the ground with the wall moving away from me. It seems like nothing now, but it was definitely enough at the time. I had to hide my apprehension, though (boy scouts is all about the pecking order).


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First TR (The Eliminator, a 10c crack in the Wichitas) .. Too much struggling, pain and blood to "think" during the climb. It was a rush of trying to figure out "what next" before falling/flailing/doggin more. But, when I reached the top and breathed in the beauty of the landscape as I consoled my bleeding hands and burning forearms, I fell in love with the sport.

First Sport Lead (Oriental Express, 9 face at Erock) .. wow, this is cool. this is fun. At the top .. Shit, how do I set up a TR from here. (I had only read about untying to rap down .. doh.)

First Trad Lead (fear has erased the name and grade from memory) .. my thoughts were something like ... "why am I doing this, why am I doing this .. "

As for trusting the gear, it never crossed my mind on TR or sport. On my first trad lead, it was more about wanting an onsight than trusting gear, though I was very confident of my placements by the time I hopped on lead.


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Hah, we were clueless, set up on a 5.12 and I said I'll climb it like a rat.
A lot has changed since them and the last 5.12 I tried on top rope I fell once!


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pinnacles national monument near san juan bautista, california. I didn't even have climbing shoes....I was on a top rope belayed from the top of the rock by someone I didn't even know. all i kept thinking was what the hell am i doing here??? I swore that if i made it alive i would never try something so stupid.....got to the top and then the feeling was awesome (until my belayer told me the only way back down was to rappel.....


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First outdoor lead: leftmost 5.8 at Wood's Quarry. Smooth runout slab on manky 1/4" bolts, yikes!

First outdoor trad lead: North Face of the Matron. One word: AWESOME!


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First outdoor TR- Some crappy 5.6 slab, super fun.

First ourdoor lead- some 5.9 at blob rock, Back of the Lake.

First Trad Lead - 5.6...it was great


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first TR:
a 5.9 in Logan Canyon (utah), I did it with a borrowed harness and hiking boots, and ust barely made it without falling. I was just like, "huh, this is interesting," and didn't climb for another year and a half.

first sport lead: no clue, probably some single digit short limestone climb in Logan Canyon as well.

first trad lead:
30 Seconds Over Potash, Wall Street, Moab (5.8+). I do not recall being that scared, as I just completely trusted my mentor. It was after five days of toproped crack at Indian Creek, so I was in pretty good shape, I guess. It was only later that I started getting scared on lead.


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1st Indoor Climb TR
First year at college, at noontime, some of my classmates draged me to the college climbing wall in the gym. We all bouldered on the wall for a bit. I loved it, and so did the others. I then came to climb during a regular tuesday climbing club night and did some roped in climbing. I remember that I only went up about 1/2 way through the 25 foot vertical wall, and got scared or tired, or both, and was lowered down.

1st Outdoor Climb
At Rockwood Park, there is a 20' blasted rock face near a duck pond where people generally take beginners to climb. At the time, there were only 4 routes set with bolts for top-rop anchors and none of the routes were protectable (no leading). I got up my first outdoor climb the first try without falling (redpoint/flash). This was because of my 1yr experience indoors. I had never abseiled before. Generally at this blasted face, we would simply be lowered, or top out and walk around and climb again.

1st Abseil/rappel
My absolute FIRST rappel was a good 6 months before I ever actually CLIMBED outdoors. It was October/November and very cold... nearing freezing. I had to hike 30mins uphill to get to the face with my buddy. I got on rappel, assumed the stance, and it literally took 10 minutes of my buddy coaxing me and me just trying to make my brain let me do it, to actually start rappeling. I did it and it was great. The face was totally vertical and it was all wet.
...6 months later...
My friends would try and get me to rappel at Rockwood... but it was far too scarry for me. I still won't rappel there, the way that they were doing it. The way the anchors are, its hard to do. I found my own way to rappel each route there. Its just the starting that was scarry. Once you're goign down its really easy.

1st Indoor Lead
It was at the college climbing wall. I decided to lead a 5.10/5.11 overhanging route. I didn't make it the whole way the first time, but got 2 of 5 clips in. In the same day, I eventually got to the top, but i had to put my foot over on a horizontal I-Beam on the wall to the right of the climb, so I could safely clip in, then i kept goign, clipping the last two draws. It was amazing. ** I can now lead this route fairly easily without fear and without cheating.

1st Outdoor Trad Lead
My first outdoor lead was trad. The route was "It's A Way Of Life" 5.4 (G). There are lots of placements using all forms of protection. It is a left going flake. How did I feel on this? Well, I was leading it on a whim. I wanted to lead and I had the gear so I did it. I was clibming with a friend who climbs very infrequently, so I had to show him how to belay for a leader. I took it one step at a time, and made it to the top without falling or dogging the rope. It made me feel very good, very proud and on top of the world. My buddy was very impressed and said "dude, I would never have done that". Then I said, "Well, you ARE going to do that, but on top-rope. He has very little experience, but he managed to climb most if it with using his arm strength, mostly... since he had no climbing shoes, just worn out sneakers.

1st Outdoor Sport Lead
My absoulte first outdoor sport lead was actually in Rockwood Park. I climbed a top-rope-only crack on limestone by clipping into the bolts about 4 feet to the right of this crack, which were there for a 5.10a sport route.
My first REAL sport lead was that 5.10a 25' limestone face in Rockwood Park. I did it, im not sure if i dogged, but im sure i did at least twice. Now I can do it everytime without dogging. I was scared on both of those routes, but mostly the 5.10a. I did them and that's what counts.


FREUD


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I remember sucking up against the rock and remember my palms wouldn't stop sweating..I was on toprope on an easy route but was to scared to even think about falling..this lasted for about 1 year..Lot's of juice squezed from the rock...


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In my case, ignorance was bliss! Some friends of mine with a three year or so climbing experience put me on this.

Me: Will this rope hold me if I fall?
Friend: Yes
Me: Ok

Me: How do you keep from falling all the way down?
Friend: 'cause you'll be belaing me
Me: Ok... and uh, how do I do that?
Friend: Like this (shows me how to belay)
Me: Ok

we go up and in a very easy part of the climb

Friend: Go over there and clip this (biner) to that (bolt), then anchor yourself and set up belay.
Me: Ok
(call it my first lead if you want... )

we reached the top, and it was awesome, the view, everything, and then when its time to get down...

Friend: Ok, let's rapel
Me: How?
Friend: You don't know how to rapel ? (now he kinda freaks out)
Me: No
Friend: Do this, and this, and that... (explains how to...)
Me:Ok

we got down just fine I was amazed and all, but today, when I come to think of it I see how iresponsible it was. But I had a great time anyway!!!

Climb on


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Truthfully, my first climb was to get on the kitchen counter as a kid. I am scared of heights and have been fighting it all my life but I use to travers the counter to the windows then to another counter then to the stove then stem to the fridge then I was back to my original counter.
The hardest climb started at the same spot and instead of the stem, I had to go around the doorway to the living room and across the table(easy) then hang from the door with one foot on the knob and swing to the shelves then travers that to the window then across that to another set of shelves then to the hall doorway. This one was tricky because the crutch was that I had to hold onto the molding to get to the other side to a desk then back to the kitchen to finish. After about a year, I was able to travers every room in the house without touching the floors. To this day, My mom does not know how the foot prints got so high on the walls.


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5.7 top rope in army boots ,

I looked down and that was it............

I completed it, I didnt trust the rope and I didnt want to fall.....Wipe that smile off...it was a 5.7 but I had the sewing machine legs..........


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5.8 Toprope, it ended on an overhang for some strainge reason, so at the top when i turned around and noticed i was 6o feet high, i said "Holy shi$, I can't believe im doig this", in my mind im saying "this is is awesome, finally something i really enjoy!". Ever since then I've been climbing 3/week.


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I used to be deathly afraid of heights, so when I was hired as a water specialist for a children's camp on the Wyoming/Utah border, climbing was never a consideration. That is until the second week of training when we went to the camp's outdoor climbing wall (really cool) and the activities director said "ok, everyone's got to make it to the top or go home" I thought he was serious so I rose to the challenge and climbed it. On my fist attempt I tried to go up an overhang and slipped and came flying off. Kept going and went up the chimney, got to the top and thought wow, that was such a total rush, now how the heck to I get down!


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First indoor was on a quite a crimpy route, and I remeber thinking, "Wow, this is so cool to be able to stick to the wall with these small holds."

First outdoor, I lead and onsighted a 5.9 at Red Rocks in Nevada. It was also my first real experience with slopers. As a result I was scared s#$%less. I've been hooked ever since.


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i dunno..., i was always scramling aroun rocks and boulders when i was a kid.


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My first time was at the Gunks on a following a 5.7 called Classic. It is a classic indeed. I started to climb and look around for my next move. All I can think about was how the hell am I going to get up this thing. How the hell am I sticking on this wall.


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Scary at first!
Lots of whyning to come down, and in the end it was all worth it.


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my first climb was a 5.6 at pinacles(sP). i was really young and first accent it. hella happy. now i cant remember any of my climbs


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Other than the gym, it was rainbow rock just out of Salida, CO. I had been sick all day (not because of the climbing) and we were in a huge boy scout group. Most of the people had already gone, and unfortunatly for me i was in that fat/short/weak phase of my life, and I was just thinking that I had to get up as far as everyone else. I didn't and it sucked, but I'll show them now!


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Well, I was about 12 y/o ~ 1980. My friend told me about this sport called rock climbing and invited me out to the desert to try it. We snagged an old rope (not a climbing rope) from my dadís garage and went to Palm Springs with his parentsóthey didnít know about the rope. We climbed some 20 foot rocks and loved it. Didnít have any idea what we were doing. After my parents found out they invited my friend on a trip to Tuolumne Meadows. They told us we would have to take a climbing class or we could not rock climb anymore. They secretly thought it would scare us off from climbing for good. So, we told the instructor we were intermediate climbers, we were not. He got us top roping 5.8 and 5.9s, doing some crazy friction slabs, etc. We loved it! Our parents were horrified, the rest was history.


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My first climb was with school. Everyone is expected to go out and learn the basics and understand the dangers because there was so much rock where we lived. It was very boring and we all felt embarrassed at how un-cool we looked in helmets.
Both my friend and me were real tom boys and we grumbled and bragged to each other that we could climb that rock face without aids. The whole point of the exercise was to try and stop us from doing just that.

So I didn't enjoy my first climb but my first climb is what brought me back to the rock to free solo. It was very addictive and something I carried on doing up until having a child. Sudden fear of just the rock and me suddenly kicked in at that stage.


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Ha ha yes I remember my first climb, never climbed before and there I was, at the local crag (it wasn't on a gym!), nervous, excited, confused, eager to explore a new thing. I was covering a story and suddenly was offered the opportunity to try it myself, on the rocks.


I was thinking "hey, I'm making it, I'm going to make it!" then "how the...f.... ha ha" and suddenly felt something very clear: the limit.

I contemplated that limit for a little while and the guys told me "keep going!" I did, the limit was now behind me. Then after a little bit I saw something familiar again, the limit. It was clearer, bigger, harder. But I kept going and then another limit.

I still remember that feeling of finding new and new limits on the same route, solving the problem and reaching out until I couldn't take it no more. At the end of the year I didn't see those limits, I only see fun problems and a crux. Then those routes were for warming up.

Nice memories


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