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i called my airline that i am flying with tomorrow. here's the conversation.

Me: uh high, i hear you have some allowances for overweight luggage if the items are sporting goods.
Airline Rep: Well that depends. What are you bringing?
Me: Climbing equipment, like a rope and other climbing gear.
AR: Is it flammable?

Make-up your own dumb answers!


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In a word...DUH!!!!


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Yeah its Famboyant Aluminum will that be a problem.


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"You just have a death wish!"

"You've already climber that mountain. Why do you keep going back?"

"Are you gonna rappel up that rock?"

"Hey man. Watch this!"


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Last time I traveled via air, I filled one of those giant gear bags with all my climbing stuff. It must have weighed 70 lbs, so I just casually lay it down for the ticket agent (woman, maybe 100 lbs) to pick up and put on the belt.

When she tried to lift it, and failed, she asked what was in it? I said "climbing gear", she asks "Oh, you take your window cleaning stuff with you?" I said "Yeah, the hardest part is folding the scaffold and getting it in the bag!" :lol:


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people at the local climbing wall (first timers) usually have od ways of saying "belay" and "carabiner"


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"You're gonna climb Everest, aren't you?"


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"You mean on rocks?" :shock:
"Aren't you worried about falling?"
"Oh, you use rope?"


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My favorite was when I was doing the "Tour De Platte". Just finished the first dome and this group of mullets were hiking up to the summit just as we were getting there. The lone girl in the group asked how we got up. "Did you guys just throw your ropes up until it caught something then pulled yourselves up?" Yep, that's exactly how it's done.


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In reply to:
"You mean on rocks?" :shock:
"Aren't you worried about falling?"
"Oh, you use rope?"

same with me :lol: . i heard that things realllyyy often


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There's a little cliff in a park that I used to go for some quick climbing. There's a camping ground and RV Park there as well, so lots of tourists and little kids who think they are cool.

I'm leading a hard route (5.10a) and these kids walk up the trail to the top of the cliff, looking down, watching as I climb. I don't mind people watching me climb, but they were right over top me.

After watching me for a bit, they walk down to the base near my belayer and one of them says "I could run up that!". Once I got to the top, I said, "run up it, eh? Show me!" and they just kinda shugged it off and moved on.

That's happened twice. Kids saying its easy and that can run up it.

Also... at the same place...

"You know there's a trail around back" -- im like, urggg....

Andrew


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"Climbing."
"Carabiner on."

Gotta love the on-campus climbing wall....


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I work as a birthday party belayer at the local gym. Here are some funny things kids say about their first time climbing expirence:

(We tighen their harnesses)
I feel like a sumo wrestler!
It feels like a diaper.
Do we really have to wear this?

Some kid came up to me once and asked "can you tighten my furnace? see, it's loose" I had to politely explain to him amongst my laughter that it is actually called a harness.

One kid encouraged his friend who required help on the wall saying "use that brick over there!"

Kids always think that the bouldering cave is the kiddie wall.

One kid tried to use the rope in one hand and a hold in the other to climb the wall.

Kids always make me laugh! Some of these aren't so funny, but its cool to see the misconceptions people have about climbing. :lol:


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I train in the gym in the winter and I constantly get the same line: "Isn't climbing boring? I mean I can make it up all the walls or are you still workin' on that really tall one?"


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i love it when guys try to get me to arm wrestle them

:roll:


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"don't you have to wear gloves to climb?"


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I'm originally from India but am living in Tucson.

I find it irritating when people assume that I've climbed/been to/ want to climb the Everest.

I haven't even been close to that place and alpine stuff scares the crap out of me.

Another favourite that non-climbing people like to point out - "There are many ways to the top of the mountain. But once there the view is the same."


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Do you know there's an easier way around the back?


maculated


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Hellbent,

I don't think because you're Indian people say that . . . I get the Everest question all the time, and I'm just your run of the mill bespeckled Irish gal.


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I helped run the portable wall at the last air show and we had 95% kids climb. some of them would grab the rope with both hands and try to climb with their feet, or think we were going to pull them up! Kids amaze me, the ones that think they're the toughest can't even make it up half way, then I belayed a 3 year old deaf girl and she went all the way up!! Oh, then the dumb ass parents calling their kid scardie cat and wimps..I was ready to smack 'em up side the head!! I even told them I'd like to see them try it...non of them had the guts enough to do it.


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Describing bouldering to non-climbers...they just don't seem to get it.

"It's so low, how is it any fun? You're not going up anywhere"

or from parents who bring there kids into a gym

"first work on getting up that wall (bouldering cave(!)) then I'll let you go on the big walls" wha-??


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here's a nice annoying question someone asked when watching me boulder once - "Hey, are you training to be Tom Cruise's double?"


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Kids amaze me, the ones that think they're the toughest can't even make it up half way, then I belayed a 3 year old deaf girl and she went all the way up!! Oh, then the dumb ass parents calling their kid scardie cat and wimps..I was ready to smack 'em up side the head!! I even told them I'd like to see them try it...non of them had the guts enough to do it.

Yea, I go through the same thing working as an instructor through 3 different gyms. The parents can be frickin' ridiculuous at times. One time we had a parent screaming at her 3 yr. old son to get to the top of a 40' wall, telling him that he couldn't come down when he wanted to. Was she belaying? No. I cut in and simply let the poor guy down.

Urg.. frickin stupid.


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In reply to:
"Hey, are you training to be Tom Cruise's double?"

No. He trained to be mine. 8)


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grandmother:"so they just pull yo up the wall with the rope?"
me:"no, I'm tied into the rope and i climb up"
grandmother:"so what happens if you let go of the rope?"


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Rock, your signature, it is wrong. The line is:

Eat, drink, and be merry for tomorrow we die.

If you're gonna quote something, quote it.


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"I can't climb, I'm scared of heights" - so are plenty of climbers, and what better way to get over it?


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It's not something they say but i love when people just let go of the auto-belay.


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i get this from friends i take climbing (usually when grabing a crimper): Wow! how do u hold onto that?!

another great thing to watch is when new climbers (again, usually my friends) try bouldering or whatever and they purposely try to grab the biggest slopers on the wall, thinking that oh, the bigger the hold, the easier it is to grab, right? always fun when they go for the boss or something like that!


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some oklahoma classics:

"Don't you know that going down is a lot easier than going up!"--no duh i just enjoy the challenge

"You're crazy you put your life in the hands of that"(pointing to my BD micro nut)

"Where can I go get a boltgun?" --Sun and Ski Tulsa you idoit

--the everest is a classic--


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I was out climbing with a female climbing partner and a little boy looks down at us and then says to his mother "How is the girl going to get up?"


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unabonger, you want this one? :D


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Do we really care what non-climbers say about our sport? Heck, I oughta start a thread "Dumb things non-engineers say." We could populate it with all the misinformed comments from people who try to explain how a kilonewton "weighs about 225 lbs." Have you never said something dumb about a topic with which you are not familiar? Give the hikers and tourists a break. They find what you do both interesting and dangerous and that suits me fine. The more dangerous they find it, the less likely they'll be hogging my favorite route anytime soon.


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Do we really care what non-climbers say about our sport?

yes, when it's funny :P
hell it's human nature to laugh at mistakes other people make....hmmm...what was that show in the United States about humorous moving-pictures?

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Heck, I oughta start a thread "Dumb things non-engineers say."

ok. im an engineer. let's do it. i'll go first (forgive the foxworthy impression) you might be a non-engineer if....you ask "why are frank codes more sensitive to doppler frequencies than barker codes?"
i mean, duh

look, this was just meant to be a light-hearted place to post stuff we (climbers) hear that we think is funny and a chance to read what other climbers hear that's funny.

simma down nah


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We all say and do dumb things.
I know just about everytime I speak I re-enforce my village idiot status
but how many of us super enlightened people (read climbers) actually knew "how did they get the rope up there?"?
Fortunately, we now have the most meaningful knowledge anyone could ever want, we know climbing lingo!
Ain't we cool!
Wow, you know the difference between soloing and free climbing, awesome!
I just can't get over that people can actually live with themselves without knowing that bolts aren't pitons.

But on a serious note,
Of the course the bouldering cave is the kiddie wall!


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How did you get that rope up there? :shock:


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it grows down


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isnt climbing boring?...............

there's a much easier way up right over here.........

what are you doing?...........................

what if you fall, that rope wont hold you...........

(after comming home from a hard climb) you're hands are so cut up why dont you wear climbing gloves..........yes they have climbing gloves I've seen them in pictures..........

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one second you are holding her fast...
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Heck, I oughta start a thread "Dumb things non-engineers say." We could populate it with all the misinformed comments from people who try to explain how a kilonewton "weighs about 225 lbs."

Oh man, I could provide you with a lot of material. I think I'm the only climber in the world that is a complete retard when it comes to math :lol: !! Most of my partners are engineers. I just kinda smile and nod blankly when they get into any technical conversations :wink: .


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*shudder*

engineering IS NOT math

*shudder*

If engineering was all math i'd have given up a long time ago


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'which do you like better, going down or going up?'


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:)


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In reply to:
*shudder*
engineering IS NOT math
*shudder*
If engineering was all math i'd have given up a long time ago

See, I've already contributed to the "stupid things non-engineers say" :lol: !!


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Sorry for trying to be that voice in your head that says "don't make fun of people." It's just that these threads seem to always take on that sort of tone. "Ha! Look at all the stupid hikers and thier silly misconceptions about our sport....I'm so cool."

But if the spirit of the thread is all in good fun, I do have one to add that put a big smile on my face. I was walking around top to set a TR wearing my small rack on a gear sling and a school group was hiking through. When I passed this cute little second grader, he tapped his buddy on the shoulder and said "wow! look at all those keychains!"

And collegekid, i can't think of a single engineering class I've taken in the past 3 years that isn't math based. Physics? Statics? Thermo? EE? CS? All of them have strong math components. Just where do you attend college?


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And collegekid, i can't think of a single engineering class I've taken in the past 3 years that isn't math based. Physics? Statics? Thermo? EE? CS? All of them have strong math components. Just where do you attend college?

Just wait until you graduate and get in the real world , you'll understand.


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We seem to have missed the all time favorite thing non-climbers say

"WHY"


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My personal fav is, "how do you get the rope up there?" I usually just say, "you don't," and start climbing. Though another good one was a few years ago, I was in the cafeteria on the summit of Mt Washington, after hiking Huntingtons Ravine, and discussing with my friends about doing one of the routes on the head wall of the ravine. When a hiker passing our table looks at us, and says, "yeah and then they can put your name on that plaque over there." My responce was, "no that plaques for all the stupid hikers who don't know when to turn around." My statment wasn't true in the least, but it got the reaction I wanted out of this guy, totally indignity. :twisted:

Being a physics major, and having taken some engineering courses. Egineering is decidedly devoid of math in comparisson of my current classes. I was like, "Where are all the proofs? How do you derive that? Why do the problems give me actual data? You where looking for me to solve it numerically, not symbolically?" Yet I don't get math analysis classes at all.


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How did you get that rope up there? ....is a classic!


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i called my airline that i am flying with tomorrow. here's the conversation.

Me: uh high, i hear you have some allowances for overweight luggage if the items are sporting goods.
Airline Rep: Well that depends. What are you bringing?
Me: Climbing equipment, like a rope and other climbing gear.
AR: Is it flammable?

Make-up your own dumb answers!

Me: Uh...well that depends. Will you be lighting it on fire or smelting my aluminum?


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while walking with a bouldering pad on my back...
Hiker - "what the heck is that thing on your back?"
Me - "we use it incase we fall, so we dont hurt ourselves"
Hiker - "yeah, I guess these trails can get pretty hard"
I guess they thought it was like a butt pad.. Man!


While bouldering...
Hiker - "sooo, what are u doing exactly"
Me - "its called bouldering, a form of climbing rocks"
Hiker - "ohh, you're training to climb the big ones like Everest eh?"
How annoying is that one?


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i called my airline that i am flying with tomorrow. here's the conversation.

Me: uh high, i hear you have some allowances for overweight luggage if the items are sporting goods.
Airline Rep: Well that depends. What are you bringing?
Me: Climbing equipment, like a rope and other climbing gear.
AR: Is it flammable?

Make-up your own dumb answers!

Me: Uh...well that depends. Will you be lighting it on fire or smelting my aluminum?


:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:


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I always get (usually from a 12yr little girl at a birthday party at the gym) 'excuse me sir but can you 'do me'.

I tell them correct term is belay.


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I wonder why a lot of you think what non-climbers have said is dumb. I could see it being funny, but dumb seems a little much. Just because a majority of us have climbed for a while, know how things work and why we do it doesn't give any justification to say that what non-climbers say is dumb. For non-climbers, climbing is like Latin to them. Meaning they have know idea what it's about or how it works. Just think of any job, sport, hobby, etc. that you know very little or nothing about, do you think you've said someting dumb like the Everst thing? I'd say more then likely a majority of us have. With some of the jobs I've had throughout life I can tell you I've heard funny things, but not dumb.


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Heck, when I started to climb I asked dumb questions. That's just how you learn - trial and error. Hopefully, not too much error though.


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Longalong,

I think almost everyone here would agree with you, I just think the original title for the original post was maybe done in haste or without as much thought put into it as has been by now. I think, not speaking for the creator of this thread, but I think that there context of "Dumb" probably would have been inter-changable with "Funny", and not meant in a truly derogative manner. Again just my $0.02.


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The stupidest question I have ever been asked is "are those ballet shoes?"


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ok. im an engineer. let's do it. i'll go first (forgive the foxworthy impression) you might be a non-engineer if....you ask "why are frank codes more sensitive to doppler frequencies than barker codes?"
i mean, duh

um you should put that one in the stupid things "comms" people say about propagation that dont even make sense, unless it was your point that to put the words "doppler frequencies" together like that is all together sensless


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um you should put that one in the stupid things "comms" people say about propagation that dont even make sense, unless it was your point that to put the words "doppler frequencies" together like that is all together sensless

What the heck is that supposed to mean? Talkin' about senseless...


I just love the stares I get when I ride my bike to my local boulders with a crashpad on my back. People have noooo idea what they are for.


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I always get (usually from a 12yr little girl at a birthday party at the gym) 'excuse me sir but can you 'do me'.

I tell them correct term is belay.

:shock:

Maybe you live in a more innocent area than I grew up in, but as a 12 year old I would have darned well knew how bad that sounded. I mean 12 years old. 7th grade. Middle school There were times we woulda made sailors blush. Maybe it's a boy/girl thing. Maybe girls wash their minds out more than boys do.

Then again, maybe she thinks "belay" sounds even worse. Even climbers pull a joke out of that one from time to time. :lol:


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"It's too nice a day to climb."

Uttered by a pseudoclimber friend of mine way back when, spawning merciless teasing there for a while.

I think it was actually code for "Hooooly crap! Little 30-40' climbs at Great Falls was one thing. Now you want me to climb THAT!?!"

"That" was Seneca Rocks. I might have been a little less merciless had I decoded the meaning way back when. :oops:


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I was pulling through the drive-thru at Taco Bell and the stupid drive-thru person is like , "what kind of soda do you want with your combo?" I was like, what a dumb question, everyone knows that I drink mountain dew all the time at Taco Bell with my combos.


I swear, non-climbers are the dumbest people on the planet.


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I can see some of us need to check the South Park episode with Timmy and Phil Collins...!

I heard one I saw here earlier...

Some guy said to me "hey dude--it's way easier to get up over here!" trying to help out. I laughed, then thought--for him, I probably look pretty dumb trying to find the hardest spot to get to the top, then falling off over and over trying to get up there!

I'l be back there soon too!
:roll:
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Last time I traveled via air, I filled one of those giant gear bags with all my climbing stuff. It must have weighed 70 lbs, so I just casually lay it down for the ticket agent (woman, maybe 100 lbs) to pick up and put on the belt.

When she tried to lift it, and failed, she asked what was in it? I said "climbing gear", she asks "Oh, you take your window cleaning stuff with you?" I said "Yeah, the hardest part is folding the scaffold and getting it in the bag!" :lol:

wow, tahts gr8 :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:


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Do we really care what non-climbers say about our sport? Heck, I oughta start a thread "Dumb things non-engineers say." We could populate it with all the misinformed comments from people who try to explain how a kilonewton "weighs about 225 lbs." Have you never said something dumb about a topic with which you are not familiar? Give the hikers and tourists a break. They find what you do both interesting and dangerous and that suits me fine. The more dangerous they find it, the less likely they'll be hogging my favorite route anytime soon.

You should hear some of the dumb things engineers say about physics! :) Come on, this thread was fun. Poking fun at non-climbers is a fulfilling bonding experience. Enjoy it!


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Climbing? ah the one where you throw these ninja grappling hooks!

(Btw i got the everest question during an interview...)


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Where I am from in Missouri it usually goes something like this.

Look (insert family members name here) they're propelling.

For the smart ones
Look (insert family members name here) they're rappelling.

Climb On!!!
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When working at the local gym over the holidays I often get from mainly young kids, "can you 'do me' on this one", with like the YMCA groups and scouts and stuff. I don't correct them, i just say i'm not wearing a harness so I can't and I have to make sure nobody is doing anything wrong so, "no I can't go put one on".
The hard part is fighting back the urge to say somethign dodgey when attractive 17 year old girls say the same thing to me, (me being 17 myself).
I also see the parents that expect their kdis to get up the 26 (australian/n.z. system) that I've just demo climbed for them, and won't let them down until they have done it, until I go over and tell the parents that their child isn't 'tall' enough to make it (even though it's not true).
And I get the guys that say "are those ballet slippers", and when they see me climbing a roof section, I get "are there magnets in those shoes". And i'm thinking "yea, and the holds are made with iron fragments".
When I'm outdoors climbing on the mountain I get "oh look he's taking the shortcut", or, "you know there is an easier way up, right?"

Cheers, from pudding


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While looking at an ad for shoes in a copy of Rock and Ice at the beach while on vacation, people ask "are those the shoes you see people walking around in all the time?"
Do they really think that water shoes and rock shoes are the same?


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ok. im an engineer. let's do it. i'll go first (forgive the foxworthy impression) you might be a non-engineer if....you ask "why are frank codes more sensitive to doppler frequencies than barker codes?"
i mean, duh

um you should put that one in the stupid things "comms" people say about propagation that dont even make sense, unless it was your point that to put the words "doppler frequencies" together like that is all together sensless
^e

my bad, i misquoted the text

lastly, im surprised no one's mentioned this as I get this all the time "you might be a climber if....people always ask you 'why are you on that same dumb website'?"
then i kick them square in a balls and say, that's why


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"you might be a climber if....people always ask you 'why are you on that same dumb website'?"
then i kick them square in a balls and say, that's why

LOL......... absolute gold


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i just realized i'm mixing threads (and misquoting)

damn....


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i just realized i'm mixing threads (and misquoting)

damn....

WOW i totally thought i was in the other thread too........ now i feel stupid quoting someone who misquoted


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There is this hill where you can climb one side or just go through a path on the other side.
I was climbing with my girlfriend and when I got to the end of the route I set the anchors and started belaying her.
An old lady stared at me for a little while kind of funny, when she finally saw my girlfriend she was shocked...
She got close to me and told me: "There is a path if you come this way, you know?" and she left saying we were fools that we didn't even know there was an easy way way to get to the top... :lol:


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Well, some of the non climber's stupid comments aren't really cool.
The people "gently" telling you there is a trail around the back are often doing it thinking that it will show how much of an idiot YOU are.
That's how life is... so laughing about them gives me some comfort.

Kids on the other hand just don't know what's up, most of the time.
After a month of belaying summer camp kids in an indoor gym, I got pretty fed up with "did ANYONE ever get to the top of THAT ONE???!!!" pointing to the taller lead wall (51', 20deg overhung for 30 feet).

Its kind of a disillusion when I ask them how they think we put the hold on it, or that I can't even warm up on it (5.8ish with all the jugs) because it's too easy.

There are moments of pure gold however while belaying kids, the best of them always being some little girl beating the asses of all the toughie little boys by climbing the wall in record time while they can't even top out.


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blablabla... the taller lead wall (51', 20deg overhung for 30 feet).

Its kind of a disillusion when I ask them how they think we put the hold on it, or that I can't even warm up on it (5.8ish with all the jugs) because it's too easy.

Should this be under the category "dumb things climbers say"? How come you're not able to warm up on something that is easy? I don't get it. :? Sounds a bit like spraying... but maybe it's just me.

hellclimber


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While belaying a family stops to watch my friend climb. I notice the Mother is standing on my rope. I say politely, "Could you not step on the rope please". She answers while still standing on the rope," Why what could happen?". :twisted: :evil: :twisted: :evil: :twisted:


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"Yeah, I used to climb, too. Only I free climbed.... You know, without ropes".

(As if to one-up the climber..)


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I like it when non-climbers ask questions about the sport. Whether the questions sound dumb or not, at least they want to learn/understand. What I find funny are non-climbers pretending to know everything about climbing.

Here's a situation: I used to work at a camp where they had a little dinky climbing wall for the kids. To make switching kids on the ropes faster, we clipped them in with locking biners attached to a figure-eight knot.

My boss called upon all the "certified climbers", as they said, (aka: people that passed a top-roping course in a gym and got a gym membership within the past year) in the camp to explain the climbing wall procedures. He goes on explaining how we will be tieing the kids in then said: "Make sure you tie a rewoven figure-eight. DO NOT tie a figure-eight on a bight; it is EXTREMELY DANGEROUS!"

My climbing partner (who also worked at the camp) and I later confronted our boss about what he said, and asked him why he considers figure-eight on a bight so dangerous. "Because it twists the rope, causing it to break. I swear it's true! Some guy told me he saw a rope break because it was tied with a figure-eight on a bight!"

Where people learn such things, I wish I knew.


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While at Devil's Lake with Bolderror and psalmadventurer, and psalm's bro., we were hiking up for some bouldering:

Hikers or whatnot: What's that pad thing on his back?
Hiker's friend: That's a funny thing to sleep on.

Hahahahahaha. No.


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I overheard someone the other day say how she thought John Ashcroft was only doing what should have been done years ago. Now that was some dumb shit, and I pretty sure she wasn't a climber.


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OK, stupid things climbers say . . .

We were at Lover's Leap and I was about to start up something when an older looking couple, man and woman, nicely dressed come up and ask "What are you doing?"

"Climbing," I say, condenscendingly.

Then I noticed they were holding a guide book.


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"Yeah, I used to climb, too. Only I free climbed.... You know, without ropes".

(As if to one-up the climber..)

:twisted: :roll: :twisted: :roll: :twisted: :roll: :twisted: :roll: :twisted: :roll:


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At the local outfitter's... I was talking to the guy behind the counter, and someone was in line behind me about to ask about fishing gear

Me: (explaining why I wasn't buying the $150 harness) Hmm... well, I dont really have the money, and its not like i'm 5.12 yet, so I really dont think i need that yet...
Dude Behind Me: You mean 6 foot? (Apparently thinking that I had meant 5'12" as in my height)

All I could do was turn and stare. I was so speechless I couldnt even eek out the word "wow"


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Howdy, i was bouldering the other day with some m8s and these people came passed and insteed of saying the usual "theres an easyer way up you" type thing, this dick said "the bus is much easyer you know", we laughed so much and tryed to think of a singlre time we had seen a bus go up a rock face.


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You know there are 12 yr olds onsighting 5.13?


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Non-climber - "Why don't don't you just buy a ladder Seth?"

Me - "Why?"

Non-climber - "It's easier"

:lol:


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just DOOOOOOOO EEEEEEEEEEEEETTT!!11

:lol:


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hmm dumb things non climbers say........

"my rc.com user name is bumblie"

(juvenile yes but oh so fun to stir the pot)


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I've read lengthy posts, about certain technical aspects of Aid Climbing, by NOOBs who've never placed a single piece of gear.

Posers are so annoying. :roll:


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An actual conversation I had with a friend over instant messanger before going climbing:

Him: hey whats up?
Me: I'm going climbing
Him: off a cliff?
Him: can i have your computer?
Me: no.. up a cliff
Me: and I'm not going to die
Him: ah nuts

Sure enough, I climbed up a cliff and not off it.

And sure enough, I didn't die.


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"Dde, Whats that rope do?" :shock:


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before i learned to climb i was sightseeing with a gf at a local waterfall where there is also some climbing. at the time i didn't know anything about climbing.

a guy and girl were walking down the trail back to the parking lot carrying climbing gear. here's the conversation i initiated:

me: how was the climbing?
him: good
me:how high did you get?
him: well we climbed some routes
me: oh, so did you get to the top of the falls?
him-frustrated: partway.

i was so clueless!


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I was helping set routes at the YMCA gym so there were holds spread out on part of the floor. There were these kid climbing who had his buddy belaying him. The kid on the wall wasn't doing a route or anything but he was stuck. He said to his buddy, "Hey hand me one of those rocks on the floor! I need to use it!"


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"When are you going to the Everest? next year?" (I'm a sport climber and boulderer)
"Oh, I can jump from the floor and reach the top" (watching the photo of a sit-start boulder)
"But that must be so easy, just like a stair, it's full of pockets!" (A woman watching a guy hardly climbing a 6c+(5.11b))
:roll:
Have fun! :wink:


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I was traveling to Red Rocks last winter and when I gave the woman my bouldering pad at the airport to check I heard her and the other man sit there and talk about what it was. THey were coming up with things like picture frame holder and such- the back straps really threw them off! :D


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I was putting up a few routes at Smith Rock a couple of years ago, hiking down to the park fully loaded: a full pack of gear and ropes, so I was carrying my rack. A young couple was at the observation area, and the man noticed his girlfriend looking impressed by my load.
Man: "He just wears all that gear so he will be photographed."

Another time at smith, I overheard an old guy say, upon noticing the draws a climber was clipping:
"I've got snaplinks like that on my tractor!"

One of my favorite from a non-climber was again at Smith. An older woman, knowing nothing about climbing and obseving a person following a pitch, quietly asked me:
"Excuse me? How do you thread those links?" Pretty good observation!


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It seems the first thing that anyone asks me when they find out that I'm a climber is "Whats the highest you've ever gotten?", i guess i shouldn't be saying anything though cause i remember asking the same question before i started climbing :? .


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I guy I worked with asked me if I had to use oxygen :roll: :roll:


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I was climbing at an overhang near town, when a tourist came up to me and my climbing partner and said:
"so you doing some rock climbing?"
"yup"
"are you using ropes?"
"yup"
"aw, that's the sissy way"
"well sir, we kind of have this fear of death, so we try to avoid it"

Also, my climbing partner was talking to his cousin about climbing.

"why do you climb rocks?"
"to get to the top"
"but what's at the top?"
"nothing, you just get to say you got to the top"
"I woulden't climb up there unless there was a penthouse at the top"
"There's always a penthouse at the top of my rock"


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"Have you ever fallen from up there?"..Asked by a hiker after watching an 70 foot rap.

"Why do you wear those funny shoes?"

"If you get stuck up there, how do you get down?"

"How do you know where the holds are, there is no tape!"


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one of the best I have ever gotten while belaying for a party at my gym is, "are those shoes just for looks?"

Also there was this one heavy lady while I was doing a pretty hard bouldering route on the bouldering walls, and
she asked, "why do you start all the way down there, why don't you just reach up and grab as high as you can?"
me-, "umm, the bouldering route starts right there"
her-"still wouldn't it be easier?"
me-,"yah but the point is to finish the route"
her- why would you wanna finish the route, isn't your only goal to get to the top the fastest?"

Also when kids ask me about rockclimbing competitions they always ask me, "so, what's your quickest time?"

I also get a lot of, " hey look he's like spiderman!"

One really stupid one is, "one time I rockclimbed. And it was really high."
me-"cool, where?"
them- " you know at P.F. chang's where those big statue horses are"

And by far the worst of all is, " why don't you use real rock on these climbing walls?"


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I work at a gym so we get a lot of the standard stupid comments but the best came when I was belaying at a birthday party. A girl about eleven was climbing pretty good and got up about 25 feet then made the mistake of looking down. Rather than chicken out in front of all her friends the conversation went as such:
her:"I have to get down, RIGHT NOW !".
me :"Why? You were doing so well?"
her:"The rope is breaking, I hear it snapping"
I couldn't help but giggle but the best part is when her seven year old brother answered "I told you she was to fat to climb up there!". I almost dropped her I was laughing so hard. Needless to say no tip for Al.


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OK, stupid things climbers say . . .

We were at Lover's Leap and I was about to start up something when an older looking couple, man and woman, nicely dressed come up and ask "What are you doing?"

"Climbing," I say, condenscendingly.

Then I noticed they were holding a guide book.

Now THATS funny :))


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when my friend and i first started climbing we went with a good friend of ours who was more muscular then we thought. i was belaying him and he fell and i flew into the air and smacked the wall across from us. it was hilarious a few days after, when i wasnt black and blue all over. from then on, whenever one of us belayed him the other one would have to hold the back of the oher's harness so that they wouldnt fly through the gym.


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"...so i was at work today..."
phhh who needs work!! Just climb! :D
Justin


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Just a couple of weeks ago I bought some bungee cords for my truck bed to hold stuff down ya know? And my dad sees them and asks me if I got those to protect myself while climbing. Okay, not that funny but I thought so.

It is so funny when I'm at the gym and little kids come in and tell their friends in a joking way "you're going to start on that wall!" pointing to the bouldering. One time this little boy that was like a foot taller than his friends jumped up and touched the ceiling by a bouldering wall and said "these walls are easy!"


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non-climber: you guys going camping?
(as the group im with all walk by on the trail w/ their crashpads)

also ive had people convinced that the down climb for the bouldering wall at my local gym is the way to the top. yea we just put the lil holds on for decoration. :lol:

forget non-climbers i love watching noobie climbers try to get on v10s or really nooby climbers that skip the start hold and start on the highest part of the problem they can reach.


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i emailed my family/friends an update to my blog letting them know my wife and daughter did their first lead (and gave a brief description about leading), and this is what one person wrote back asking:

"Now, are 5.3 and 5.7 numbers of minutes it took to climb in the lead? When they led were they the ones putting in those clamps or hooks that the people behind them are connected to or is leading more of a scoping out the foot and hand holds thing?"

:lol:


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...forget non-climbers i love watching noobie climbers try to get on v10s or really nooby climbers that skip the start hold and start on the highest part of the problem they can reach.

Those are just climbers that are tired of contrived sit-starts and are experienced enough to know that if you can reach the top of the boulder then you've already solved the problem.


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A friend was telling me today about walking to the crag with a bunch of draws a while back and having some kid point at him and say to his friends: "Look at all his keychains."


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At our gym, there are normal walls, then one part that has 3 sections of overhanging wall. Everyone thinks that that is the hardest route, even though they are the easiest.


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In reply to:
...forget non-climbers i love watching noobie climbers try to get on v10s or really nooby climbers that skip the start hold and start on the highest part of the problem they can reach.

Those are just climbers that are tired of contrived sit-starts and are experienced enough to know that if you can reach the top of the boulder then you've already solved the problem.

no believe me I am experienced enough to recognize a good climber, besides good climbers also dont grab the "ladder" downclimb that is clearly marked out.


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I hate it when i see new people doing this:

"Look at that 5.13! It looks so easy!"
*They climb it using ALL colors. They ask the manager a question*
"Man these routes are too easy, you got any harder ones"
*the manager replies*
"Ya, this 5.12 is pretty hard"
*soon the guy does it with ALL colors*
"Its too easy" he says
the manager then replies, "Its hard when you do it in one color"
They newbie tries it with ONE color, and couldn't even get off the ground. He soon heads for the 5.5s.

(This has happened basically every week Ive been at the gym)


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"Grap the grips with the big ins"
"The practice wall"(bouldering cave)
"We've got to learn how to do the ropes!?"(Parents that think the gym is a day care...)

Working at a hella party and kid infested gym is scuzzy..


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"Do we really need to use the figure eight knot? Won't a overhand knot work as well?"

"Do we really need to learn how to belay?"

"Do we need to hold on the break hand?"

"I don't need climbing shoes, my tennis shoes will work"

*On a v3 RED bouldering problem*(The worst beta)
"Ya, you're almost there, step on that big blue thingy, ya now that yellow one"


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Ye gods, I can't believe this thread was resurrected, but since it was...

"I could never do that!"

"I'm not in good enough shape to climb!"

How do they suppose climbers *get* in such good shape?

Rob


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"oh wow (grabs crotch) these harnesses are pretty tight huh?" (ive seen girls do this too O.o)

after yelling at a kid to get off the bouldering wall downclimb by telling them that they have to have a rope on.
"there's no rope on this wall..." duh...

to try and stop the back talk about the bouldering wall i started saying its for advanced climbers only
"I am an advanced climber i can get to the ceiling"

I've had parents get mad at me for bouldering because I'm "setting a bad example for the kids" :lol:


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to me from a 5 year old

LOOK at that boy on the wall mommy hes a bad boy.


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lauged a bit...

"Hey, so you're going climbing this weekend?"

me: "Yep"

"Do you go freeclimbing or do you use ropes?"

me:"Huh?"

"Because this one time (probably at band camp), I went freeclimbing up this one wall with those plastic thingies on and it was like 10 feet and I nailed it, without a rope. You should try it, its more EXtreme."


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i feel kinda bad posting this one as it was a family member who said this.

I want to climb everest. and I just plain love climbing. When i told my aunt about the things I'm doing and that i wanted to climb everest, she said, "thats an unattainable goal. its so dangerous and its so expensive." right because nobody has ever climbed everest before right, because its "too dangerous and too expensive." HA!

She was talking about how incredibly difficult kilimanjaro was and how i'll never be able to make it up 14ers. I don't doubt that kilimanjaro was hard but i kindly stated that there are more difficult mountains to climb (K2, Everest, Annapurna, DUH!). She told me that on kilimanjaro she climbed a 200ft rock wall without ANY gear. no pro. no harness, rope, shoes, chalk, nothing. except her pack. I didn't have the heart to say this but that just sounds stupid.

now i'm no expert climber, i've been climbing for three months, but 200 feet with almost zero experience, and NO gear? that sounds like a prayer to the grave.


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AltitudeJunkie wrote:
i feel kinda bad posting this one as it was a family member who said this.

I want to climb everest. and I just plain love climbing. When i told my aunt about the things I'm doing and that i wanted to climb everest, she said, "thats an unattainable goal. its so dangerous and its so expensive." right because nobody has ever climbed everest before right, because its "too dangerous and too expensive." HA!

She was talking about how incredibly difficult kilimanjaro was and how i'll never be able to make it up 14ers. I don't doubt that kilimanjaro was hard but i kindly stated that there are more difficult mountains to climb (K2, Everest, Annapurna, DUH!). She told me that on kilimanjaro she climbed a 200ft rock wall without ANY gear. no pro. no harness, rope, shoes, chalk, nothing. except her pack. I didn't have the heart to say this but that just sounds stupid.

now i'm no expert climber, i've been climbing for three months, but 200 feet with almost zero experience, and NO gear? that sounds like a prayer to the grave.

Can't bag 14'ers? Nonsense! Go do Mt. Evans. Round trip from summit register to car ~75 yards.


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English girl watching me stepping out of the train with my Franklin crashpad at hand:
-ooooh I love your yellow suitcase!

A friend looking at a climbing magazine at home
-So they plan to climb this 800m wall? Impossible. There will be no oxygen up there!

My boss during my job interview
-So it says here you a rockclimber?
-Yes
-So do you climb?...I mean.. vertical walls?
-..um..yes
-well, I mean...completely vertical?
Funny though I got the job :)


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This happened to my climbing partner who was traversing the main wall at the gym and a girl 16-17 said to him... (my partner is only 17)

Girl "You are climbing the wrong way"

My partner just ignored her and kept going, then made his way back down the wall

Girl "excuse me, you know you are going the wrong way?!?!?! your meant to climb up not across"

Partner "Its called bouldering love" in a real condesending voice

LaughLaughLaugh


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girlfriend's jewish grandmother: "You're going climbing again?? You just did that last year."


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7 year old first-timer said to me on a trip... "I can't undo my cannabis"

7 year olds aren't even supposed to know that word!

she will become a real climber for sure Tongue


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some tourons caught me in the parking lot @ Devils Tower and asked what was at the top. I told em it was hollow like a volcano without the lava. Then I directed them to the secret tunnel around the other side. Ha! suckers.


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Q - How do you get the rope up there?

A - We have a harpoon gun and we shoot it to the top.

or

A - We tie it to a trained ground squirrel who runs it through a big bolt at the top for us.

(that always seemed to be the favorite question of wandering tourons at Veedauwoo. The squirrel answer was used only when one of the little beasties was scampering around on some 5.impossible, hoping for us to throw it a peanut).



Q - isn't it dangreous to climb on ropes?

A - yes it is. It's a good thing we aren't actually climbing on the rope, isn't it?

Q - how does the last person get down? (asked when they find you just coming off a rap)

A - Just like I did

Q - well, then who carries the rope down?

A - No one, we leave it there for the next party of climbers. (this usually said as last person down is pulling the rope ;p )

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Often heard in gyms.

'They could climb higher because they have that bag behind them (chalk bag).'
I then tell them that they could borrow one from the counter or offer my chalk bag to encourage them.

After failing again...
'It's cause they have those special shoes.'
Try to help them out by telling them they could rent shoes but explain that they don't really need climbing shoes for standing on big holds.

You hear someone letting out a primal scream while climbing then looking over to see that they are climbing a 5.8. Crazy

Someone walks in the gym, looks like at a climb and exclaims loudly 'That does not look like a 5.12'. Then proceeds to struggle on a 5.8

Climbing by the lake where tour boats pass by.
Tourists pointing at us shouting 'Look, climbers!'
We point back and shout 'Look, tourists!'


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Wow, too cool for school!


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Well I got news for you.......







I'm not!


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dark_zer0 wrote:
I hate it when i see new people doing this:

"Look at that 5.13! It looks so easy!"
*They climb it using ALL colors. They ask the manager a question*
"Man these routes are too easy, you got any harder ones"
*the manager replies*
"Ya, this 5.12 is pretty hard"
*soon the guy does it with ALL colors*
"Its too easy" he says
the manager then replies, "Its hard when you do it in one color"
They newbie tries it with ONE color, and couldn't even get off the ground. He soon heads for the 5.5s.

(This has happened basically every week Ive been at the gym)

I've been to the gym when (on two separate occasions) some little kid is kinda following me, bouldering the routes that I just attempted. It took me a little while to realize that the kid wasn't looking UP to me, but more looking DOWN to me because he was just sending all of the routes I was succeeding/failing on.

Of course the kid at that point didn't know enough to stick to a route and was using every hold within reach, but it still hurt my ego a little Unsure


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Co-worker: I heard you rock climb.

Me: Whenever I can.

Co-worker: What do you do to stay in shape?

Me: What do you mean?

Co-worker: Rock climbing is your hobby, but what do you do for exercise?

Me: [Sigh]


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Back in '96 I was telling a co-worker about the Everest tragedy. I went into a long explanation of the hazards, techniques, and dangers associated with climbing the mountain. At the end, she asked me "Is Everest the one with all of the faces?"
I sat confused for a minute, and after realizing what she was talking about, I replied "You are thinking of Mount Rushmore."

How difficult can it be to climb Mt. Rushmore if there were dudes up there sculpting faces?


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i been to mt rushmore, it looked so chossy, it would be pretty tough to climb..


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1) They keep calling us RAPELERS

A friend was belaying me from the summit of Urca's Hill. Tourists kept asking "did you go down here"
A: No, I came UP.

Watching monkeys on the sumit of Corcovado with the rope in my hands, a cab driver comes by:
ĘCool uh? and they rapel faster than you do!!"

---------------

2) They keep calling bolts as HOOKS

"But, those places you go, already have hooks, right?"
ĘDo you put the hooks there?"
"Who puts the hooks there?"


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[quote "podunkclimber"]
Being a physics major, and having taken some engineering courses. Egineering is decidedly devoid of math in comparisson of my current classes. I was like, "Where are all the proofs? How do you derive that? Why do the problems give me actual data? You where looking for me to solve it numerically, not symbolically?" Yet I don't get math analysis classes at all.[/quote]

In my college, we had a very good theoretical foundation so everything started with a differential equation or something of the sort and then we went from there.

After graduating college, some things I do require a metric shit ton of engineering, and then other things I do require absolutely none. I find that the further I progress professionally, the less math I use.


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You know how when you get down from Devils tower you get the normal questions about whats up there and how long did it take and then they ask if they can have a picture of you. So the last day we were there me and my buddies after climbing go up to some people and are like "Are you hikers?" They answer back with a confused yes. So we say "Well can we have a picture with you guys?" They seemed pretty confused but we were laughing are asses off


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desertwanderer81 wrote:
[quote "podunkclimber"]
Being a physics major, and having taken some engineering courses. Egineering is decidedly devoid of math in comparisson of my current classes. I was like, "Where are all the proofs? How do you derive that? Why do the problems give me actual data? You where looking for me to solve it numerically, not symbolically?" Yet I don't get math analysis classes at all.[/quote]

In my college, we had a very good theoretical foundation so everything started with a differential equation or something of the sort and then we went from there.

After graduating college, some things I do require a metric shit ton of engineering, and then other things I do require absolutely none. I find that the further I progress professionally, the less math I use.

Here's a mathematical statement for you:

Is there some context for this comment in this thread? = What the f*&k?!!?


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Reading the rest of the thread will shed enlightenment :P

God Bless,
mik


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mikitta wrote:
Reading the rest of the thread will shed enlightenment :P

God Bless,
mik

lol yeah, funny how it helps to know what someone is talking about when you read the thread.

Go figure.


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:p The engineering discussion bit came into it around page 3 or 4.

God Bless,
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mikitta wrote:
:p The engineering discussion bit came into it around page 3 or 4.

God Bless,
mik

Yeah! But I wasn't here then. Engineers always have to weigh into a conversation when people are talking about technical or professional things having to do with engineering ;)

It's in our blood!


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Climbers ARE TOURIST!!!! There is no difference. Get over yourself!


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mtnjohn wrote:
Climbers ARE TOURIST!!!! There is no difference. Get over yourself!

Not entirely true. Climbers are akin to "Natives of the Rock" rather than fat tourists who step outside of the car, snap a picture, and quickly jump back inside in the off chance that they might actually breathe something that is clean.


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Natives of the rock!? Why are we so self important. we climb rocks! BFD. Have fun your way and let others have fun thier way. Climbers are not some superior breed of outdoor enthusiast.


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mtnjohn wrote:
Natives of the rock!? Why are we so self important. we climb rocks! BFD. Have fun your way and let others have fun thier way. Climbers are not some superior breed of outdoor enthusiast.

Certain people are supirior at different things. Sailing junkies are masters of the wind. Scuba junkies are masters of all-that-be-under-the-waves. Surfing junkies are masters of the waves themselves.

Rock junkies are masters of ..... the rocks! Heh, that rocks.

Anyhow, during the winter/fall/spring, I spend more of my awake hours climbing than I do in my home so I don't think it would be a terrible stretch to call the rocks my home. I think that many others here would be willing to make the same claim (well, maybe rock gyms are their home :p )

edit: got rid of the weird angelic thing.


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desertwanderer81 wrote:
mtnjohn wrote:
Natives of the rock!? Why are we so self important. we climb rocks! BFD. Have fun your way and let others have fun thier way. Climbers are not some superior breed of outdoor enthusiast.

Certain people are supirior at different things. Sailing junkies are masters of the wind. Scuba junkies are masters of all-that-be-under-the-waves. Surfing junkies are masters of the waves themselves.

Rock junkies are masters of ..... the rocks! Heh, that rocks.

Anyhow, during the winter/fall/spring, I spend more of my awake hours climbing than I do in my home Angelicso I don't think it would be a terrible stretch to call the rocks my home. I think that many others here would be willing to make the same claim (well, maybe rock gyms are their home :p )[/angelic]
Since you're the Master of the rock, please ask the rock to stop killing so many n00bs.


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You're right. climbers are the superior race of beings. One who climbs is one with the rock. The rock is our home. We are natives of the rock! blah, blah, blah. yadda, yadda, yadda.


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artm wrote:
desertwanderer81 wrote:
mtnjohn wrote:
Natives of the rock!? Why are we so self important. we climb rocks! BFD. Have fun your way and let others have fun thier way. Climbers are not some superior breed of outdoor enthusiast.

Certain people are supirior at different things. Sailing junkies are masters of the wind. Scuba junkies are masters of all-that-be-under-the-waves. Surfing junkies are masters of the waves themselves.

Rock junkies are masters of ..... the rocks! Heh, that rocks.

Anyhow, during the winter/fall/spring, I spend more of my awake hours climbing than I do in my home Angelicso I don't think it would be a terrible stretch to call the rocks my home. I think that many others here would be willing to make the same claim (well, maybe rock gyms are their home :p )[/angelic]
Since you're the Master of the rock, please ask the rock to stop killing so many n00bs.

Rock demands a sacrifice.


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mtnjohn wrote:
You're right. climbers are the superior race of beings. One who climbs is one with the rock. The rock is our home. We are natives of the rock! blah, blah, blah. yadda, yadda, yadda.

You've never felt a spiritual connection between yourself and nature when you climb?

And not superior in general, which you have a lovely way of puting words into my mouth, just that there are places where they are home. Tourists are by their nature, in a place where they are not home.


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Of course I feel the connection and it sound like you do to. That does not make us any better than any other tourist. 99% of climbers drive to the mountains / climbing area, have thier fun and go home. Same as hikers, photographers, bird watchers ect.
My point isn't that we do or don't feel at home or close to nature or that we do or don't gain from our experience. My point is, we are no better than other people who are out there. I don't think you used the word but some one was saying "tourons". My point is, we are ALL tourons. Climbers are the same as everyone else who visits an area. We just find our enjoyment a bit more vertically.


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desertwanderer81 wrote:
Certain people are supirior at different things.

For example, spelling. Some people are good at it, others are not.


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I have heard cararbiners called "carbungles"! and there is also the people that refer to ice axes as "ice picks."


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NSFW wrote:
desertwanderer81 wrote:
Certain people are supirior at different things.

For example, spelling. Some people are good at it, others are not.

Exactly!!! :D speeling is for teh loosers.


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Alpine07 wrote:
I have heard cararbiners called "carbungles"! and there is also the people that refer to ice axes as "ice picks."

And then there are people who spell carabiners as cararbinersWink


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! and there is also the people that refer to ice axes as "ice picks."


i've heard that one before, i always get a very funny imageLaugh


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wildthing14 wrote:
Alpine07 wrote:
! and there is also the people that refer to ice axes as "ice picks."


i've heard that one before, i always get a very funny imageLaugh

Or Sharon Stone...


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I was sitting in my room the other day racking my gear and my room mates girlfriend looks at me and asks "is that one of those extreme climbing sticks?" (number 1 camalot) haha


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"Native of the Rock"

Wouldn't that belong in the a thread about dumb things climbers say? Awesome.


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Working with kids over the summer my favorite is:

non-cllimbing kid 1: Did you fall?
climber kid 2: yeah, a lot
kid 1: did it hurt?
kid 2: nah, the rope caught me
kid 1: what color was the rope?


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When at a sport area in Alberta we overheard a father explaining lead climbing to his little boy....."See as they go up they climb up they anchor the rope to the calipers. You see all the holes in the rock, that's why they like climbing here...because makes putting the calipers in and out a lot easier" Crazy

I'm not sure if he was talking about the bolts, our quick draws or getting it mixed up with gear climbing, but at least he understood how we got the rope up there.


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desertwanderer81 wrote:
mtnjohn wrote:
Climbers ARE TOURIST!!!! There is no difference. Get over yourself!

Not entirely true. Climbers are akin to "Natives of the Rock" rather than fat tourists who step outside of the car, snap a picture, and quickly jump back inside in the off chance that they might actually breathe something that is clean.

Get over yourself Crazy. That "fat tourist" you see and judge might be my out of shape grandfather. The one that spent 70+ years of his life hunting, fishing, hiking, and farming and knows more about nature than you ever will. God forbid he now has lung disease and can't walk very far. What a touron he is, and how cool you are.

"native of the rock" bwaahahahahaaaaaa!!!!!11


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calfcramp wrote:
"Native of the Rock"

Wouldn't that belong in the a thread about dumb things climbers say? Awesome.

I think I'm going to start using that.

I am a Native of the Rock and I live on the Climbing Reservation. We are a proud people. You are only visiting here, and need to respect my traditions. Would you like to place a bet?


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Is your reservation called "Camp 4" by chance?


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It's kind of sad that people choose to make fun of how small children explain climbing, but maybe that's something only a parent would understand.


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bent_gate wrote:
calfcramp wrote:
"Native of the Rock"

Wouldn't that belong in the a thread about dumb things climbers say? Awesome.

I think I'm going to start using that.

I am a Native of the Rock and I live on the Climbing Reservation. We are a proud people. You are only visiting here, and need to respect my traditions. Would you like to place a bet?

No, but I'll take 4 cartons of B&H special lights.


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This thread is nearly ruined. Here's a thank you to all the bleeding hearts out there. (middle finger smiley)


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So do you do real technical stuff like were the rope goes to the top and back to you?


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bent_gate wrote:
calfcramp wrote:
"Native of the Rock"

Wouldn't that belong in the a thread about dumb things climbers say? Awesome.

I think I'm going to start using that.

I am a Native of the Rock and I live on the Climbing Reservation. We are a proud people. You are only visiting here, and need to respect my traditions. Would you like to place a bet?


HAHAHA I love it!!


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At the bottom of Cathedral in full gear:

"You guys going to climb that?"
Yep.
"You guys are crazy"

*in my head* Would you tell a crazy person they are crazy? */in my head*

After arriving at the top of [a different] cliff:
"You just come up?"
**Nope, just flew in through the trees and quickly tied myself to this rope here.**

-percious


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percious wrote:
At the bottom of Cathedral in full gear:

"You guys going to climb that?"
Yep.
"You guys are crazy"

*in my head* Would you tell a crazy person they are crazy? */in my head*

After arriving at the top of [a different] cliff:
"You just come up?"
**Nope, just flew in through the trees and quickly tied myself to this rope here.**

-percious
So tell me, are you a Native of the Rock?


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truello wrote:
Is your reservation called "Camp 4" by chance?

Camp 4 is often mistaken for that because so many people are seen smoking the peace pipe there...


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LaughLaughLaugh

Ok heres a new one... I am getting contents insurance at the moment and the lady said

"You dont have to list your rock climbing gear but its not covered when in use for the purpose it was designed for. eg if it breaks while rock climbing"

LaughLaugh Yeah ok... that makes perfect sense... Laugh.. so I go...

"If it breaks while I am climbing you do realize that I will be falling to my death, will I be better to get life insurance?"


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While working at a gym I asked a kid I was tying in what kind of knot he thought I was tying. After thinking about it for a second he replied, "a slipknot?".


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ridet61 wrote:
While working at a gym I asked a kid I was tying in what kind of knot he thought I was tying. After thinking about it for a second he replied, "a slipknot?".
wow that great lol

so working at a new gym now on campus. Most of the kids think that i dont know what im doing because i'm a freshman (lol). So i tie in this girl pick up the grigri and tell her she's on belay. she approaches the wall turns around and asks "so you know what you're doing right?" it amazes me how she was about to trust someone with that doubt in her head.

also the other night this guy starts telling me what all the tape is for because he thought i didnt know what i was doing. he tells me how he got this red one, "yea i followed the red tape see, i got all the way to there (pointing) before i had to grab that other blue rock to finish. It a good route" LOL


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