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ladyscarlett


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It's been a while since I came back to the kiddie pool, but here I am, back. Where somehow, it's comfortable to rant and rail about problems the masters, mentors, and accomplished old 'rope muskets' have solved before they learned to kiss.

So it's been a while since I've climbed. This, of course, is all my own fault. I could make the time, even though my work hours have tripled in the past 2 weeks, taking over this month of prime climbing time. Even though, even though...these are all realities, yet in my head, they are excuses.

'I'm working to put gas in my car for my next trip...'
'I'm earning money to get that new piece that is mandatory for climbing...

It all sounds so hollow in my head, even though I recognize the rational truth of it.

I want to go climbing, and I constantly feel that because I don't just balls up and do it, I must not want it enough. Thus, maybe I should give up this climbing thing cause I must obviously be a poser. I'm not a climber, my rack isn't hard earned, it's just stupid. It's time to give it up.

And the doubt roars louder, with each passing day of beautiful climbing weather, each summit picture I see, each TR I read. Of course, I can't stop checking the weather, or reading the death out of forums, and drooling over picture intensive TRs.

I've only been climbing for 5 years! How do those, climbing for 30+ years weather the frustration of dealing with realities that may keep (even if just temporarily) one from getting relief from this urge, this compulsion, this...addiction to the rock.

I can't climb...wah wah wah, if I were a real climber I would just STFU and go climb something already. But I can't...and its doing a number on my weary brainmeats. This duration of frustration is wearing on the mind, if only I could get over it.

If only I could let it go..

If only I could give it up...


Thanks for reading,

Cheers

LS


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I don't think you're going to make it. Giving up that is. If you came here to make this rant, and not go cold turkey, you're hooked on crack, rock, granite, etc.
Just put climbing aside for a while - out of mind but not out of sight. I "gave up" climbing for 20 some years. I had other priorities. Lost my climbing partner. A couple of other excuses, but then came back hard in my late 50's. Now I'm facing constantly sore finger joints among the other aches & pains, and have considered giving up again. But I know I won't. I'll just start climbing easier climbs and less often, and make sure I climb for fun only. As Dirty Harry says, "a man's got to know his limitations".
Take a break from putting pressure on yourself, and as you do, repeat what Arnold said - "I'll be bach (back)".


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ladyscarlett i haven't been climbing for 30 years, im a complete newbie (11 weeks and counting) but if you permit, i feel i have something to share.

I am 30 years old. I have a mortgage but no kids and no steady partner. So i have one big responsiblity only (the house). 5 years ago I was in a good job with good career prospects so I decided to buy a house and just work work work work work to try and clear the mortgage by the time i was 40 so i would have the rest of my life without burden.

Unfortuantely a good friends dad died not too long back. Its very sad to say but as he looked into his dads casket he just couldn't see the point of it anymore. All the years working to get a roof over your head, to end up in a casket only really having a few years of your life to yourself. It's not that he didn't respect all his dad had done and provided for him. HE jsut understood there and then that he was not going to live his life under the 9-5 grind, working to make somebody else rich all for the carrot of 4 weeks (Woohoo) vacation a year.

So he started to speak about this feeling and he was shocked to find a lot of people we knew had or were int he process of reaching the same feeling. 8 of our mates have givne up their fancy city jobs, sold all their posessions and are now travelling the world. Who knows what they will end up doing later in life, they may return to work, they may find oppertunities on their tradvels and build business and lifes for themselves.

Myself... I would have loved to gone with them but I have the shackle of the mortgage and the housing market here isn't good. So alas I could not go. But I decided to give up the fancy high paid job with the rubbish work to life balance. I'm currently not working, I have money in the bank to keep the bills paid for half a year. I've taken up rock climbing (well indoor bouldering but we all need to start somewhere right) and have my first outdoors climb shceduled for Friday this week with a couple more friends who didnt go travelling but also gave up their jobs.

The reality is, there is not enough hours in the day to do everything we would want to do. Most people get trapped in their reality. A job, paying the bills, early to bed and family responsbility.

For me, I gave up the fancy job and fancy car. I've given up certain vices like online poker. I am using the time now available to me to develop certain interests and also investigating business operrtunities for myself. If i run out of moeny i will go back to work, a low responsiblity, low wage but more importantly a time flexible job. And i will do that until my business plans come to fruition. Location independant with residual income.

It's a daunting prospect giving up what society or your family expects of you. There will be people who shout at you, people who mock you. But they are not you. We all in life need to figure out what makes us happoy and what we want from life. The blanks... the job, the bills, the resposibilities etc.. they can all be tailored to suit whatever it is you find that makes you happy.

I absolutely hate this current #YOLO theme running through the kids today. They probably don't understand life, and its implications. But there is a shred of truth in that there YOLO thing.

It doesn't sound like you want to give up on climbing. But whether you call them excuses or realities, your current situation is not condusive to have the time for rock climbing by the sounds of it. So what you need is time. The question you should really ask yourself, and the question that only you can answer, is are you prepeared to give up something to enable you to go rock climbing, or are you prepared to give up rock climbing.

That doesn't neccessarily mean giving up your job, but what expenses can be cut to allow you to work less / for less and bring climbing back into your life. If that is what you want.


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I too started at 30 im 33 now and i love climbing!

Im from England so the weather is not always the best so i climb once a week indoors.

If its something you enjoy keep at it. I've had times when I've had a break and its always hard to get back into it let alone bring my fitness back to a standard that I'm happy with.


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Howdy amorino where abouts in England? Im from the Wirral (over the river from Liverpool) and this friday we intend to check out Helsby, Frodsham and Pex Hill... no serious climbing (althought they are very good spots by all accounts) we are going to just to get a feel for the places etc...and since its meant to be sunny this friday im sure a bbq will be lit at some point ;)

Good to hear from another late starter, I regret i didn;t make time for climbing sooner and i'm worried about the length of time it will take to develop strong tendons and ligaments. Maybe you could make a thread about your journey from starting to where you are upto now (lets not hijack ladyscarletts thread!)


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cheers for reading folks.

huh, take a break from putting pressure on myself...that is a good thought. As a lazy person in general, I try to refrain from breaks lest they get out of hand, but maybe I don't have worry so much with this addiction...

the frustration is a little harder to bear than expexcted is all...i will get used to it I suppose.

cheers!
LS


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Hey Lady!

We've been at it about the same amount of time, and like you, I've hit a dry spell with no time/inclination to get out there.

Right now I have 3 jobs eating up my time, and after my son's diagnosis, I fear being away from him longer than I have to be. I can pull of one trip to the gym every week for maybe 1-2 hours once I get my son to bed.

It sucks balls. Last summer I managed to get out at least 3-4 times a week, I was the strongest I've ever been. Now I'm totally weaksauce and struggling just to walk up stairs Tongue

But this fall I'll be facing some down time, my son will be starting school and I'll be able to play for as long as I can climb without freezing solid.

I think that no matter what your sport, your passion, your life - you can't do it 24/7/365 - there has to be breaks, whether you want them or not. I know its hard, I get the shakes too, fingers gripping my desk just to see if I still have my crimp strength. So during this "break" remember to breathe. By the time we hit our 30-year hard(wo)man status, we will have taken many such breaks. Work, family, and other ambitions and opportunities will lead us in different directions but if we're lucky and headstrong, we'll come back with aching fingers and scrambled brains trying hard to get back what we had when we thought we could live in the woods and climb for the rest of our lives.


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If you do this long enough, everyone takes "sabbaticals". I took a full year off after witnessing a fatal accident in '93, and it isn't completely unheard of me not to climb anything - not even in the gym - if its puking snow in January. I think its healthy to take a break, step away, for a day - a week - a month.

A friend of mine, in his 50's, gathered a bunch of his friends at a party he was throwing. He pulled out his climbing equipment, declared he was retiring from the sport, and offered it all to us. We all knew better, convinced him to keep the gear and loan it out to us when we needed things (like his wide crack rack), and sure enough, three months later, he and I were standing on a summit in the Sierra. Some retirement, eh?

So if you feel burned out, step back. Take up trail running to stay in the mountains, or mountain biking, or whatever. If you're truly hooked, you'll hear the siren call and come back to the rock again.


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NikNak wrote:
ladyscarlett i haven't been climbing for 30 years, im a complete newbie (11 weeks and counting) but if you permit, i feel i have something to share.

I am 30 years old. I have a mortgage but no kids and no steady partner. So i have one big responsiblity only (the house). 5 years ago I was in a good job with good career prospects so I decided to buy a house and just work work work work work to try and clear the mortgage by the time i was 40 so i would have the rest of my life without burden.



Unfortuantely a good friends dad died not too long back. Its very sad to say but as he looked into his dads casket he just couldn't see the point of it anymore. All the years working to get a roof over your head, to end up in a casket only really having a few years of your life to yourself. It's not that he didn't respect all his dad had done and provided for him. HE jsut understood there and then that he was not going to live his life under the 9-5 grind, working to make somebody else rich all for the carrot of 4 weeks (Woohoo) vacation a year.

So he started to speak about this feeling and he was shocked to find a lot of people we knew had or were int he process of reaching the same feeling. 8 of our mates have givne up their fancy city jobs, sold all their posessions and are now travelling the world. Who knows what they will end up doing later in life, they may return to work, they may find oppertunities on their tradvels and build business and lifes for themselves.

Good on them, more people need to live life fore sure. To many people make excuses on why they can't. Most of the time, the excuses are just that.

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Myself... I would have loved to gone with them but I have the shackle of the mortgage and the housing market here isn't good.

A good example of an excuse.

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So alas I could not go. But I decided to give up the fancy high paid job with the rubbish work to life balance. I'm currently not working, I have money in the bank to keep the bills paid for half a year. I've taken up rock climbing (well indoor bouldering but we all need to start somewhere right) and have my first outdoors climb shceduled for Friday this week with a couple more friends who didnt go travelling but also gave up their jobs.

Enjoy your climbing trip.

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The reality is, there is not enough hours in the day to do everything we would want to do. Most people get trapped in their reality. A job, paying the bills, early to bed and family responsbility.

So very true.

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For me, I gave up the fancy job and fancy car. I've given up certain vices like online poker. I am using the time now available to me to develop certain interests and also investigating business operrtunities for myself. If i run out of moeny i will go back to work, a low responsiblity, low wage but more importantly a time flexible job. And i will do that until my business plans come to fruition. Location independant with residual income.

Good luck with your plans, personal and business.

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It's a daunting prospect giving up what society or your family expects of you. There will be people who shout at you, people who mock you. But they are not you. We all in life need to figure out what makes us happoy and what we want from life. The blanks... the job, the bills, the resposibilities etc.. they can all be tailored to suit whatever it is you find that makes you happy.

So true, plenty of naysayers out there. What you'll find is that once you step out and move into the new world, you'll meet other like minded people who will encourage you instead of telling you why you shouldn't take the risk or change you life.

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I absolutely hate this current #YOLO theme running through the kids today. They probably don't understand life, and its implications. But there is a shred of truth in that there YOLO thing.

What is YOLO

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It doesn't sound like you want to give up on climbing. But whether you call them excuses or realities, your current situation is not condusive to have the time for rock climbing by the sounds of it. So what you need is time. The question you should really ask yourself, and the question that only you can answer, is are you prepeared to give up something to enable you to go rock climbing, or are you prepared to give up rock climbing.

That doesn't neccessarily mean giving up your job, but what expenses can be cut to allow you to work less / for less and bring climbing back into your life. If that is what you want.


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I absolutely hate this current #YOLO theme running through the kids today. They probably don't understand life, and its implications. But there is a shred of truth in that there YOLO thing.

What is YOLO

YOLO stands for you only live once. The kids have taken a good idea, abreviated it, and now use it to justify doing any number of blatantly stupid things, usually but not neccessarily accompanied by a tight piece of jailbait pulling a duck face and exclaiming YOLO like the preceding act of stupidity was the most outrageously daring and honorable act ever (and not, infact, stupid)

It is also used to appoint epicness to what would otherwise be mundane acts. 'OMG!?!!? just tweeted something on justin biebers <3 twitter #YOLO'

or

'ordered regular instead of diet coke. #YOLO'

etc

;)


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I'd just encourage you all to quit. If more climbers quit than took it up the world would be a better place for the rest of us.

oh noes, I DID NOT just say that out loud did i? OMG, [embarrassed silence....]. You know you were thinking it too. Shocked


About 39-40 years into it here, I hurt my shoulder bad and am trying to rest it so I haven't gotten out much lately. Doing a lot of hiking these days. I had a 25 pitch day last May in Yosemite that I keep in my mind when I need a mental fix. Best thing I'd suggest to you LS - grab a partner who's company you love and head out someplace close to you and do some easy fun laps. Bouldering or top roping- nothing serious. Keep all the stress out of it and make it be about hanging out in a fantastic place with fantastic folks that you like.

It comes and goes. 20 years back I was married and raising kids, had 22 rental houses and also a full time 8-5 job all juggling at the same time....it was difficult to stay involved but that's what I did then. Even 20 min of easy bouldering would put my mind at ease and make me feel connected and happy.


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It's normal for interests to wax and wane. After a decade or so you'll completely drop some and add others.

It sounds like you want to climb though, so why 'give up'? You don't need to fit some mold or get out a certain number of days every month to call yourself a climber.


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I've been climbing for 37 years. Sometimes it's in the background and I'd get out just rarely. Other times the personal issues permit me to climb multiple times/week. But climbing is an important part of who I am, so it's always there. Some people do drift away after x years and never climb again. I guess they don't have it in their soul the way I do. If you try to give it up and can't, I suppose that validates that you're a climber for life. If you can stay away, then I suppose it's not your #1 thing. Or not anymore at least.


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I've "quit" climbing three times over the past 30 years. The addiction is strong once its in your blood. If it is truly there, it will happen when you are ready. Just beat yourself up over it. The ego is not worth it.

Plan a weekend ahead, load the car friday night (or whatever day) and go do it. Sometimes it helps to have a partner to share expenses and motivate.


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ladyscarlett wrote:
It's been a while since I came back to the kiddie pool, but here I am, back. Where somehow, it's comfortable to rant and rail about problems the masters, mentors, and accomplished old 'rope muskets' have solved before they learned to kiss.

So it's been a while since I've climbed. This, of course, is all my own fault. I could make the time, even though my work hours have tripled in the past 2 weeks, taking over this month of prime climbing time. Even though, even though...these are all realities, yet in my head, they are excuses.

'I'm working to put gas in my car for my next trip...'
'I'm earning money to get that new piece that is mandatory for climbing...

It all sounds so hollow in my head, even though I recognize the rational truth of it.

I want to go climbing, and I constantly feel that because I don't just balls up and do it, I must not want it enough. Thus, maybe I should give up this climbing thing cause I must obviously be a poser. I'm not a climber, my rack isn't hard earned, it's just stupid. It's time to give it up.

And the doubt roars louder, with each passing day of beautiful climbing weather, each summit picture I see, each TR I read. Of course, I can't stop checking the weather, or reading the death out of forums, and drooling over picture intensive TRs.

I've only been climbing for 5 years! How do those, climbing for 30+ years weather the frustration of dealing with realities that may keep (even if just temporarily) one from getting relief from this urge, this compulsion, this...addiction to the rock.

I can't climb...wah wah wah, if I were a real climber I would just STFU and go climb something already. But I can't...and its doing a number on my weary brainmeats. This duration of frustration is wearing on the mind, if only I could get over it.

If only I could let it go..

If only I could give it up...


Thanks for reading,

Cheers

LS

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rule #2 - less innuendo = someone other than Lady Scarlett wrote this

rule #3 - there are no rules

I've been a climber for about 13.5 years now, and I haven't touched rock or been to a gym in a few months. I've had WONDERFUL weather in a notoriously wet city and ample opportunity to get out. Why haven't I gone? Simply put, I have some other things I need to sort out first. Does this mean I'm giving up? Hell no! It just means that other priorities have taken spot numero uno...for the time being.

I wrote a couple of years ago how I murdered my passion for climbing and that it was over for me, and it some respects how I had treated climbing really was over for me, but I still climbed. What changed? My attitude, and that's it.

You won't give up climbing. You may change how you approach it, but you won't give up. Come back to me in five years and if you haven't climbed in five years I'll tell you to wait another five.

Life has it ups and downs. All ups and downs are dependent on perspective. You may be down on climbing, but all that means is you're up on something else. I'm not climbing these days, and I don't really have the itch because what has taken up my time is really quite exciting to me. But that doesn't mean I'm quitting. It just means that I'm waiting for a rainy day.


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Here's the right attitude to have about climbing: http://www.youtube.com/...&feature=related


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I've only read through a few of the previous post so if this has been said already; oh well.
I've been climbing almost 25 years. In the begining I got the bug BAD! Climbed whenever & wherever possible. There were no gyms so we'd climb anything within driving distance after work and every weekend was a trip to the pinns. For years I'd make at least two extend pilgrimages to climb. Over the years I've had more active years and less active years. My professional life demands more time and my extended trips are 4 days in Valley if I'm lucky! It still ebbs and flows but I always continue to climb. I hit phases where it's just the gym, for months! I get to the point where I'm bored and unmotivated but I keep going to the gym with the knowledge that one of these days i'll be back where I neeed to be and if keep my fitness to some standard, I'll enjoy my trip that much more. So I get up at 5:30 hit the gym at 6:00 for a couple hours, go to work, go home and repeat, repeat, repeat. I know that climbing will always be there for me and to keep myself motivated through the lulls I just start thinking of great routes in great places and remind myself that even 20 years ago I couldn't do these routes off the couch (though i could do alot more then)!
Push through the lull, there are infinite amazing routes and trips to experience. After all these years my best trip was the most recent. that's true every time!


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Hi Ladyscarlett! Since you started this thread....

Indian Rock


Donner Pk





Kirkwood




http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTcxrw-sAt8

Tuolumne


Your lead, girl


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0WrqEIr8RE

The Moke!




Brilliant lead btw....


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gbULN67TI4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OGULE-hOZI

Cookiewood again
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9d0z2xzI4Q

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=348POnvEQfU

Auburn




Secret places


Highball!


The Far Side

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=es5IrVzllsk





Last Sunday


Mud peak defeat!


Here's to you.... partner


And yes, I think you have a problem. :-)

And to answer your question from the OP... those of us with 30+ years indabidness (actually, forty years, in my case)... the way we deal with climbing doldrums is to...

get ready for it....

LET'S GO CLIMBING!

Like, this weekend????

DMT


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hehe, oh yeah!

So much for the theory that I'm a troll...

So yeah...getting out there is simply that, and worth every moment.

Sure I don't get out much, but I sure feel like I savor the moments I can, and it keeps me carving out the time my mind and body really needs.

Let's Climb!

Cheers

LS


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You're a troll???!!!1111

Well someone might have told me?

Yep let's keep carving out that time, whenever and where ever we can. :-) I'll rope up with you any time. The last time was out of this world, as usual.

Your spider
DMT


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LS its been a year since Indian Rock. I love climbing with you more than ever, my dear friend.





http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Th5KOvnS8Fg

Still giving it up after all these years. Noobs!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqAJ6ZyAJLM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-nGYWq9TyU







Gratuitous Edge shot!


Papa Roach




Cheers!




DMT


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ITT: Other than the OP (which was brilliant) Dingus made another ho-hum RC.com thread amazing.


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High ball top out?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCwFUQGj1Jw

DMT


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nope...giving up just wasn't for me.

Looks like it'll take more than an unconventional work schedule to take me out of the mountains.

Whooo for rock time!

Cheers

LS

ps - top outs are the way to go whenever possible!


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^^^ Got that right.

As it got darker you climbed better ;-) including that 'other un'


I love the blackness below... could be 20 feet, could be 200 or 2000... quien sabe???






Top outs are better than the alternatives that's for sure! Taint no pad down there in the dark.


Haha nice approach boots! (love em!)


Climber Chic.


Leaving the girly girl stuff in the City...


The best news is - The Adventure Continues...



Cheers
DMT


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Hey I thought Dingus got banned fore PTFTWing.


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dingus wrote:
LS its been a year since Indian Rock. I love climbing with you more than ever, my dear friend.

[IMG]http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx325/oldclymr1/072513%20Bouldering%20w%20Sasha/CIMG3757_zps8ab1e458.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx325/oldclymr1/031813%20Tollhouse/CIMG2459_zps84874105.jpg[/IMG]

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Th5KOvnS8Fg

Still giving it up after all these years. Noobs!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqAJ6ZyAJLM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-nGYWq9TyU

[IMG]http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx325/oldclymr1/DSC04419_zps873ff80c.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx325/oldclymr1/080313%20SPH/DSC04385_zps2a6606cf.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx325/oldclymr1/071213%20Burst%20and%20Deadmans%20Creek/DSC04225_zpsad47d855.jpg[/IMG]

Gratuitous Edge shot!
[IMG]http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx325/oldclymr1/071213%20Burst%20and%20Deadmans%20Creek/DSC04219_zps8172fc5b.jpg[/IMG]

Papa Roach
[IMG]http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx325/oldclymr1/071213%20Burst%20and%20Deadmans%20Creek/DSC04182_zpsbc787d76.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx325/oldclymr1/071213%20Burst%20and%20Deadmans%20Creek/DSC04178_zpsbc453a45.jpg[/IMG]

Cheers!
[IMG]http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx325/oldclymr1/072513%20Bouldering%20w%20Sasha/IMG_0161_zps2d912245.jpg[/IMG]



DMT

I can't believe I'm reading this. You actually check in on occasion?


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climbingtrash wrote:
Hey I thought Dingus got banned fore PTFTWing.

damn, gu'd Unsure


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And then all of the sudden, climbing content with pictures!!!! Holy shit, dude.


LS, very glad you got your mojo going again. It always comes down to the people you do things with I have found. Keep that Dingus guy. He's doing good with you.


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DMT


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Gunks. I'm jealous :-)

Curt


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Look who's spotting her.

DMT


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dingus wrote:
Look who's spotting her.

DMT

Heh. I didn't even notice Rich at first. Nice.

Curt


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dingus!! really!!

they always come back (tm)


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I picked a good day to check in.

Good stuff, Dingus!!


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curt wrote:
dingus wrote:
Look who's spotting her.

DMT

Heh. I didn't even notice Rich at first. Nice.

Curt

Ha! I've never even met him, and I knew right away from the photo.

GO


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cracklover wrote:
curt wrote:
dingus wrote:
Look who's spotting her.

DMT

Heh. I didn't even notice Rich at first. Nice.

Curt

Ha! I've never even met him, and I knew right away from the photo.

GO

Well, I've known him for 30 years, which I guess makes me senile/unobservant.

Curt


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Great to see you D... Not that I come here much any more.

And, love the Gunks pics... My favorite place, by far.


~A


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curt wrote:
cracklover wrote:
curt wrote:
dingus wrote:
Look who's spotting her.

DMT

Heh. I didn't even notice Rich at first. Nice.

Curt

Ha! I've never even met him, and I knew right away from the photo.

GO

Well, I've known him for 30 years, which I guess makes me senile/unobservant.

Curt

At least you recognized the Gunks, so... that's something!

GO


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Hi rrrAdam, you rrrrrretard! (hehe, sorry bro, I still chuckle about that one)

Doing well. Back on the correct coast and loving life and my partners.

Yes Stitch, she's good for my climbing too.

Howdy curt! Cracklover, macherry, dlintz, the pleasure is mine.

And 5.samadhi, THANK YOU! That made both of us smile.

DMT


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Your Anti-Halloween Bouldering TR

Bing bang boom we're surprised by lingering snow at 6000 feet. Duh!


Partner didn't seem to mind.


Lickity split I was all, like, ready! It doesn't take much, with me. A come hither look from the sultry Sierra Crest will do it. So will a partner who says, 'let's go climbing!' Tee hee.


So we snuck into Disneyland to climb the Matterhorn!


Really?


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WYMIafbbKE

Yes this is the real deal.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gogfxh5SElA

Its not hard, but it is high and yummy!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvplHlOIkZI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9C05bcU0lKQ

Trading in miles for smiles.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJMXgZxDy6s

No place to fall


Crank!


That's right.


Would you trust this man?


He's a bit of a case, nawmean?


Thinking about using this one on the brochure cover page.


To celebrate victory over 7-foot rock! Cause I'm that hard.


Then we did some trick or treating.


DMT


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dingus wrote:
Hi rrrAdam, you rrrrrretard! (hehe, sorry bro, I still chuckle about that one)

Doing well. Back on the correct coast and loving life and my partners.

Yes Stitch, she's good for my climbing too.

Howdy curt! Cracklover, macherry, dlintz, the pleasure is mine.

And 5.samadhi, THANK YOU! That made both of us smile.

DMT

hey back atcha!!

glad life is good


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http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.php?topic_id=2269539&tn=0

DMT


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It's ironic some of RC.coms longest running users would meet in the beginner forum..... noobs. Cool

BTW reading some of the initial posts was good even if it was a resurrection, Food for thought for a problem of my own right now. Thanks.


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edit: good read and I miss the 'gunks.


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It's all over now...



I've gotten a taste for wyde too!

oh noes!!! First crack, now wyde? heh...

yeah, I'm addicted. Yay for moar rock!

Cheers

LS


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The adventure continues. Thanks for driving, LS!


Sure was a beautiful spring day.


Must.. getÖ DONUTS!


Cuz weíre trad, duh!


The scene of the crimes


I had back surgery in December. Some 4 months later Iím beginning to fire on 3 out of 4 cylinders again.


Good belayers, good rock, good times


And how about those stoned cowboys


Donít try this at home


You may get BUCKED.


Noobs!


Boobs.


The girl can climb crack btw.


So can Angus. This is the 28th season as partners, for ole Angus and I.


I can still pull down, beyond all reasonable expectation.


And can manage a small runnout or two


So long as I donít fall!


No problemo.


LS cranking her life away.


There is a ray of hope after all.


Even the sun smiles back at LS!


Form.


Spent a lot of time at this place over the last quarter century.


This is April in the Central Valley of California. Donít hate us, August is coming!


DMT

ps. Don't give up LS!!!!


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Grotto?


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dingus wrote:
The adventure continues. Thanks for driving, LS!
[IMG]http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx325/oldclymr1/041414%20Sasha%20Grotto/DSCF6829_zps916c1178.jpg[/IMG]

Sure was a beautiful spring day.
[IMG]http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx325/oldclymr1/041414%20Sasha%20Grotto/DSCF6832_zpsb56b23a2.jpg[/IMG]

Must.. getÖ DONUTS!
[IMG]http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx325/oldclymr1/041414%20Sasha%20Grotto/DSCF6838_zpsa2e5a833.jpg[/IMG]

Cuz weíre trad, duh!
[IMG]http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx325/oldclymr1/041414%20Sasha%20Grotto/DSCF6846_zps38064a85.jpg[/IMG]

The scene of the crimes
[IMG]http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx325/oldclymr1/041414%20Sasha%20Grotto/DSCF6842_zpsaac3c679.jpg[/IMG]

I had back surgery in December. Some 4 months later Iím beginning to fire on 3 out of 4 cylinders again.
[IMG]http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx325/oldclymr1/041414%20Sasha%20Grotto/DSCF6868_zps54ffb550.jpg[/IMG]

Good belayers, good rock, good times
[IMG]http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx325/oldclymr1/041414%20Sasha%20Grotto/DSCF6880_zps06877be3.jpg[/IMG]

And how about those stoned cowboys
[IMG]http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx325/oldclymr1/041414%20Sasha%20Grotto/DSCF6897_zps3650d08a.jpg[/IMG]

Donít try this at home
[IMG]http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx325/oldclymr1/041414%20Sasha%20Grotto/DSCF6898_zps61a7b5be.jpg[/IMG]

You may get BUCKED.
[IMG]http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx325/oldclymr1/041414%20Sasha%20Grotto/DSCF6899_zpsdc783e3b.jpg[/IMG]

Noobs!
[IMG]http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx325/oldclymr1/041414%20Sasha%20Grotto/DSCF6905_zps0e4b897f.jpg[/IMG]

Boobs.
[IMG]http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx325/oldclymr1/041414%20Sasha%20Grotto/DSCF6941_zps87025a8d.jpg[/IMG]

The girl can climb crack btw.
[IMG]http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx325/oldclymr1/041414%20Sasha%20Grotto/DSCF6947_zpsb525ebd8.jpg[/IMG]

So can Angus. This is the 28th season as partners, for ole Angus and I.
[IMG]http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx325/oldclymr1/041414%20Sasha%20Grotto/DSCF6963_zps8c00856f.jpg[/IMG]

I can still pull down, beyond all reasonable expectation.
[IMG]http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx325/oldclymr1/041414%20Sasha%20Grotto/DSCF6991_zpsc8abdced.jpg[/IMG]

And can manage a small runnout or two
[IMG]http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx325/oldclymr1/041414%20Sasha%20Grotto/DSCF7037_zpsc8ad9a53.jpg[/IMG]

So long as I donít fall!
[IMG]http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx325/oldclymr1/041414%20Sasha%20Grotto/DSCF7043_zps864790af.jpg[/IMG]

No problemo.
[IMG]http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx325/oldclymr1/041414%20Sasha%20Grotto/DSCF7053_zps8147b0ba.jpg[/IMG]

LS cranking her life away.
[IMG]http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx325/oldclymr1/041414%20Sasha%20Grotto/DSCF7087_zpsac5933ee.jpg[/IMG]

There is a ray of hope after all.
[IMG]http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx325/oldclymr1/041414%20Sasha%20Grotto/DSCF7094_zps6ce286f1.jpg[/IMG]

Even the sun smiles back at LS!
[IMG]http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx325/oldclymr1/041414%20Sasha%20Grotto/DSCF7096_zpsf2206f4d.jpg[/IMG]

Form.
[IMG]http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx325/oldclymr1/041414%20Sasha%20Grotto/DSCF7109_zps79a9cd6b.jpg[/IMG]

Spent a lot of time at this place over the last quarter century.
[IMG]http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx325/oldclymr1/041414%20Sasha%20Grotto/DSCF7137_zpsbf99a64a.jpg[/IMG]

This is April in the Central Valley of California. Donít hate us, August is coming!


DMT

ps. Don't give up LS!!!!
Dang that is one big horse!


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Well the adventure continues dudinit?

How about a little Chipmunk Flat action?


LS volunteers for the sharp end.


Its a bit of a run to the first placement. Well there's a lower one well off to the side but it introduces significant rope drag later on so she opted to skip it.


Hmmm, what now?


Big cam, of course!


Clip! Ah..... safe for now!


She led this route once before.


At this point the route trends up right to continue with the wider cracks. It becomes very easy after one move to enter the upper cracks. Its a good, moderate/easy climb.


But she didn't go that way, on that fated first lead.


No she went this way, opting for a thin crack, dirty-looking crack. She had no small cams that day, long story short when you tell your partner 'I'll bring the rack" he assumes you mean THE WHOLE RACK, lol. Well, she wanted it, she got it! A bit of a meltdown she said. But you know what? She got up that thing clean after fiddling in some wanky nuts.


Well this time she floated it. Small cams included! :D


Nice view of SPH Valhalla from the belay ledge.


Well done LS! WELL DONE!


So what's next?


Sometimes this game of ghosts will bring a tear to your eye, nawmean?


Back at camp?


Many TALL tales were told


So two days later our gang found ourselves in the same vicinity


And I foolishly asked LS if she minded belaying me on her route. The reason I was stoked to lead it is that when I followed her lead the previous time? I felt a bit, um, tenuous, shaky even. So I wanted to reconcile those feelings on the sharp end.


Well guess what? I got up the thing. I also fell at the crux!


And my partners soon followed.


Scuffy liked it.


LS was happy to arrest my plummet.


The descent involves a bit of 4th class down climbing.


We finished the afternoon top roping some slab.


Led me up a crack. Caught my fall when I tried to repeat her 'feet.' The she drove me home. What's not to love?


Noobs can't climb!


Thanks LS!
DMT


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good stuff


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Just to add to the noise, here is my story.

I started climbing the summer before 9th grade. I started lead climbing, with four pieces of pro and a Swiss seat, in combat boots, in 10th grade. I continued into college, despite a mental block that prevented me from trusting myself leading anything harder than 5.5. Then, in 1998, my family moved from western North Carolina to Florida. As you can imagine, there is not a lot of climbing in Florida, and I refused to stoop to gym climbing (more because I refuse to pay that much for something when I have all the gear to do it for free).

I took an involuntary 15 year break off of climbing, and was not sure if I would ever get back, but I kept the gear, the books, and the urge. I did lose the body to a great extent.

A year ago I made it back to North Carolina. I hooked up with other climbers almost immediately, and have been back in the game. I still don't get out as much as I would like, between raising a grandson, other interests, work, and availability of partners. But I came back strong; no more blue suede shoes on run out, no more second-guessing every single placement, no more succumbing to the mental noise and shying away from the hard sharp moves.

Take a break if you need to, for family, for yourself, to make sure you can focus when you do get out there.

and then get back out there and have fun on the rock.

Regards,
Charles


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Broken link, see next post in line for a new video.
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I gave up on giving up a long time ago.


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Playing in the white spaces at the edges of maps....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0D5Rl6ulNM

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Nice !!

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Well the beat goes on LS.... these Labor Day weekends are getting to be habit!

Belabor the point

First a little Fresno Dome action. Hadnít been there in years, had fun, got lost :)


Great rock


Just plain ole fun


First trip to SoYo


LS on the shart end


Getting there


Gripped!!!1111 ;)


Remember, no photo no summit.


Who dat?


Time for din-din


At one of the worldís great camp spots.


I love Balloon Dome in the morning, smells likeÖ yesterday


The Shuteye Ridge burn was spotty and looked like it was sorely needed too. Road and power crews are in there now replacing power poles and downing burnt snags now.


This is the stuff of which dreams are madeÖ


Down the road


Back home.


Thanks LS!!!!!


DMT


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It's been a few years.

I'm not climbing as much as I'd like, or as much as I need, really.

Every time I get out, I'm fresh off the couch, any type of fitness has been a struggle to maintain, and I continue to be unhesitating at the gas pump, filling up for a 2-4 hour drive to the mountains.

I'm not that great of a climber, and my lead head is far below most of the climbing groups I'm climbing with these days.

And what's best is that I'm climbing better than I was last year, in more and more amazing places, with amazing and wonderful people.

I'm learning and loving it.

Yup, y'all just converted a civilian. ;)

Still climbing,

LS


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Tantalizing views of the upper Stanislaus river, Sierra Nevada.


Perfect golden granite with huge feldspar crystals and miles of handcracks.


It wasn't easy to get to Sleeping Beauty, hope it was worth the walk!


Couple of the boyz out for a walk?


The girl out for a walk, herself



I'm not sure what that is....


Lady Scarlett's rope guns... ;D



DMT


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Have you done this route where my stick in pointing?




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Still giving up after all these years?


Following desperate characters down remote gullies?


We're on a road to nowhere....


Hey its only 5.9!


Well, not this one.


Nor this one


This one is still under construction


Climbing has you wasting your life away with ner-do-wells!


Doing questionable activities


And living in terrible conditions!


Dubious!


Witnessing all sorts of shenanigans!


Letting your feet do the voting


Its like you like it or something?


I think you do. I think you DO like it!!!


But sometimes its nice just to relax and take it all in, eh?


Then its back on the chain gang.


Thanks for another year of climbing, partner.

DMT


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Oh, hey! Dingus is still around! Good post and pictures as usual.


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sungam wrote:
Oh, hey! Dingus is still around! Good post and pictures as usual.
best thread on the knob.
ironing is that is in the beginners


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Mr. Milquetoast hasn't given up but I will. The uselessness of civilian life is drowning me, the soles of my feet are suffocating. Now that the kids are out on their own, I'm buying a rope!


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For me even after doctor told me not to I didn't gave up and I managed to prove them wrong, I started climbing 5 years ago, I'm 37 now, I found that climbing makes me feel free and really happy, I manged to climb 5.12 and just then 14 months ago I had heart surgery, faulty aortic valve so had to get a mechanical valve, was told that I had to quit climbing. 2 months after surgery started doing 5.10 again and now I'm back to 5.12, I think Id rather die than quit doing what I love.


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markup wrote:
For me even after doctor told me not to I didn't gave up and I managed to prove them wrong, I started climbing 5 years ago, I'm 37 now, I found that climbing makes me feel free and really happy, I manged to climb 5.12 and just then 14 months ago I had heart surgery, faulty aortic valve so had to get a mechanical valve, was told that I had to quit climbing. 2 months after surgery started doing 5.10 again and now I'm back to 5.12, I think Id rather die than quit doing what I love.

17.5 years ago I received a bioprosthetic aortic valve to replace my own valve. I was born with a bicuspid valve, instead of the normal tricuspid, which calcified. I was 66 at the time. The doctors told me I could climb with a bioprosthetic valve, but they did not want me to climb if I got a mechanical valve. They were even against my hiking if I had a mechanical valve. Reason: with a mechanical valve one needs to be on anticoagulant therapy so that a bad bump can lead to serious bleeding. Is that the reason, the doctors do not want you to climb? If so, are there any precautions you take?
Coincidentally, my valve has begun to wear out. Iíll be having a series of tests next week to see if I need revision surgery. Actually, not so much to see if need surgery but rather to determine what kind. I donít look forward to it but am grateful itís available since with a deteriorating valve, itís get it fixed or die.
Congratulations on your climbing again. You wrote, Ē I think Id rather die than quit doing what I love.Ē I hope youíre not serious about that. There are so many aspects of life to cherish that it would be a shame to have climbing push them aside.
Rob.calm


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I haven't climbed in a month. A month! January was super busy for me travel wise and so far Feb has maintained the pace.I'm typing this message from Ohio :)

A coupe of weeks ago I visited my kinfolk in Tennessee. It was cold and I was not there to climb. But my big sister lives in Cookeville and not far from Cookeville is a place called Bee Rock. It was one of the crags upon which I cut my teeth as a climber, in the late 70s and early 80s.

Drove out that way from Nashville to meet my sis for dinner and got there with a couple of hours to spare, so drove on up onto the Cumberland Rim. Its so cool! Down at Cookeville, the rock of the day is limestone. Its kinda crappy limestone at that.

But the long grade east out of Cookeville toward Jamestown climbs up out of the limestone and into the hard sandstone for which the south is rather famous for; same stuff as T-Wall, Fall Creek Falls, etc etc. Its lovely rock.

So I found my old happy hunting ground, private property now as it was then. Apparently the owners do not allow climbing but they do let folks hike out to the rocks. And so, some 30+ years after I first touched the grace of Bee Rock, I found myself standing on top of it.

One of the most impacting events of my climbing career, such as it is, happened at Bee Rock. My friend Carl and I were top roping there one day. We had climbed the headwall for the first time and were feeling like we were finally climbers. While we were putzing about this guy walked up and asked us who we were. He saw our rig and asked if he could join us. Oh man this guy could CLIMB! Whoa, he did ALL the headwall lines one after the other and had us on them too.

The guy was Arno Ilgner, just back from Wyoming and his Fremont Canyon exploits. I climbed a bit with Arno, not all that much really, but a couple of early visits to T-Wall, when Rob Robinson was almost daily sending new routes there. It was cool!

So sitting on Bee Rock, reflecting upon the intervening years, all I felt was.... joy. Joy at being able to revisit some of the places of my youth, to still be a climber these decades later, to still be able to touch and climb the stone steep grade. ;)

A couple of days later I hooked up with my old friend Carl. He's my oldest friend actually, we met in the 6th grade at Burns Elementary School. Hah! Old coot is a great caver now, doesn't climb much anymore. But he took me to a cool assed cave on Superbowl Sunday and while it pissed rain outside we were crawling through dark caverns. Bad ass!

Anyway, the other evening I mentioned to LS that "We haven't climbed in a month." It was a statement of fact. I wasn't complaining or anything, we'd been busy. I wanted to climb this past weekend but California finally got some rain and it wasn't to be.

This is just rambling bullshit I know, sorry. But I thought it was delicious, that I was pining for the rock and LS was telling me it was all gonna be just fine. The sun will return and we'll be back on the rocks soon enough, perhaps this weekend (likely).

I can't wait... after all these years and all these climbs and all these pitches, through injury and sickness, recovery and revitalization, I still can't wait to climb.

Giving up?

No..... resting up. For the next installment of "Let's Go Climbing!!!!"

Cheers
DMT


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Kudos for one of the best climbing threads on the internet


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Great thread! I'm an old dog too with the usual old dog ailments. Leukemia and heart disease in my case. Even that much more reason to keep doing what you love, maybe even step it up a notch.

We decided to take a year trip now rather than later. If you're really bored, here's our blog to add more texture to this thread:

http://funhogsblog.blogspot.ca/


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Week eight of flu > nasal arterial bleeding > pneumonia > bronchitis with a new chest x-ray, second round of antibiotics, and oral & inhaled steroids. Been on my back most of that time.

Am going out Sunday and going to get on the old standbys and see just how bad bad is...


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Same deal here, born with bi-cuspid that didn't shut properly but everything fine now, and yes blood thinners are a pin and have to be extra crefull, yesterday banged my shin and is waaay swollen but nothing serious. Good luck with your tests, Ill have to do the same in about 20 years, till then I get it checked every 3 - 5 months just in case because I'm pushing it really hard.


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markup wrote:
Same deal here, born with bi-cuspid that didn't shut properly but everything fine now, and yes blood thinners are a pin and have to be extra crefull, yesterday banged my shin and is waaay swollen but nothing serious. Good luck with your tests, Ill have to do the same in about 20 years, till then I get it checked every 3 - 5 months just in case because I'm pushing it really hard.

Tests indicated that I need revision surgery to replace the original aortic valve replacement. I'll be getting another bovine prosthesis. Surgery will be sometime in the next couple of months. Since this valve is projected to last 20 years in someone my age, I won't need another replacement.

I don't count on being ready to climb this season but have hopes for next year.

rob.calm




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I climbed on Thursday.


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Its lunchtime at the Banquet of ROCK!


There may be a drought on, but its OUR drought!


The place of past adventures, and those to come


Slice of Pie for dessert, right?


Cheers, Partner ;)


DMT


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Reading over this again, I find that the same questions still come up in my head...

Am I still a climber? Why do I still feel like I am, even if I'm not climbing as much as I 'should' be? Is it actually time to quit and I'm in denial about it?

I think about all these things, almost everyday.

I don't always walk where everyone else walks. Even though I'm not that far from the ground, I absolutely view this as a Must Not Fall situation. One bit of broken skin would mean a trip to the hospital, and a twisted or broken limb is always a slip away. This is my Tetanus Island walk.

I'm traversing the endless talus field that will take me to the base of my favorite high sierra rock. It's all solid granite, but it's early in the morning, and I have to be aware that the rocks are slick with melting frost and dew. I start timidly across, like the Lava Game of my childhood. But this time I begin to see the path across the boulders, a series of surfaces, not all level, but give just enough friction to allow the ball of my foot to move to the next landing spot. My eyes identify and avoid the slicks rocks, my body instinctively compensates when I choose a path along the boulders that rock and wobble.

CLUNK CLUNK CLUNK

heh, don't get too cocky...

I'm remembering everything I've read about Talus running and laugh at myself for even thinking of it. I know that I'm much too methodical to let loose and run along my Talus Field, but even so, I feel my pace change from a series of steps and hops to a strange flow across the uneven rock.

The booming sound of a foghorn blasts me out of my flow and I stop and look up. A shipping liner overloaded with containers obscures my view of the water. No more talus field for me...I take a few more hops on some especially odd shaped rocks before stepping off. I'm back on the ground, back to doubting my climber self.

I'm not everyone's definition of a climber. At the beginning, middle, and end of the day, the mountains keep calling, and I still think of that next stretch of rock, feeling it, tasting it...and wanting it.

I'm gunna get it dagnamit!!

Thanks for reading folks...onward and upward.

Cheers

LS


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The Little Things

Life serves up, huh?


And sometimes our paths are lonely. Probably donít even know where weíre headed, right?


As always, its what we make of it. I find these wide expanses to be very relaxing. Doesnít matter whether Iím walking or driving or biking or flying over them; they bring me a peaceful feeling.


There are some moments of clarity, here and thereÖ


A nice relaxed sunsetÖ


ďSo my Sister-in-law, that bitch, well she walked right up to me the other day and stuck her nose right up under my tail. Can you believe it?Ē


Uh boy, farm dogs, canít take em anywhere.

I think it was the fermented grape what got her tongue wagging, if you follow my lead.


All thatís well and good right? But whatís it got to do with us?


Thatís just it, I donít know. How did we get here? It sunny and warm almost everywhere in the state, except for right over there, where its shady, dank and cold. Ok then, letís go climbing!


But who should we see here but my old buddy Angus Carbide. Hi Angus!


See what I mean about the hole? Oh well, my friends are worth it. And this is where they are.


But its like Bizarro World this weekend and blink! What just happened???


I dunno but Iíll go where you lead?


Short but sweet!


Thanks partner.


DMT


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