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newtons_law


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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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In reply to:
"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"


Weasel


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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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