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12volt_man


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Remember EB's RR's and "Shoe-nards" as cutting edge climbing shoes

Owned a Goldline

Used a swami because you couldn't afford a Whilans

Ever ate Rosarita refrieds, sardines and toberlone as a meal

Aren't convinced this new fangled Gore-tex is more than a fad

Wondered if The Beatles or Robbins, Harding and Chouinard would ever get back together

Ever drilled holes in your hexes

Use guidebooks older than college kids

Owned a wooden handled ice axe

Have an REI number that is six digits or less

Wore knickers, even once

Still call Joshua Tree "The Monument" (Ah, the Boom Boom Room!)

Think of climbing when you hear the words troll, dolt, forest or bong

Spent good money for rugby shirts with rubber buttons

Understand the difference between Norwegian and Goodyear

Bought webbing at the Army surplus

Still believe wool kicks ass over pile

Think an ice screw is an apres climb activity

8^)


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And:

the only books were Basic Rockcraft and Advanced Rockcraft by Robbins and...what was it?...Knots & Slings for Climbers by Walt Wheelock. (Mountaineering.. was probably available but I know I couldn't afford it back then.)

How about top-roping on 3/8" white nylon from the hardware store. Hey, it had a tensile strength of 700 pounds and my buddy Fred was the big guy at 175!


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I laughed myself good.

Remember EB's RR's and "Shoe-nards" as cutting edge climbing shoes
Couldn't afford them and climbed in sneakers or my Raichle hiking boots.

Owned a Goldline
First lead rope. I had read that "the leader must not fall". That's probably why I never led past 5.5 back then.

Used a swami because you couldn't afford a Whilans
Bought a Whilans in '84 when I took up ice. Before then? A six-wrap swami and some home-made leg loops. Remember: "The leader must not fall".

Ever ate Rosarita refrieds, sardines and toberlone as a meal
Toblerone, yes. The others? They did not sell them in my NJ town.

Aren't convinced this new fangled Gore-tex is more than a fad
Still not, though I own enough of it.

Wondered if The Beatles or Robbins, Harding and Chouinard would ever get back together
Heros!

Ever drilled holes in your hexes
Late '70's they came with holes. But I understand.

Use guidebooks older than college kids
I have 'biners older than the kids who work at the gym I go to.

Owned a wooden handled ice axe
Took up ice too late

Have an REI number that is six digits or less
Yes.

Wore knickers, even once
No. But I have rolled up my Gramicci pants.

Still call Joshua Tree "The Monument" (Ah, the Boom Boom Room!)
Out of my league. Bouldered there in '96, however.

Think of climbing when you hear the words troll, dolt, forest or bong
Those words bring a lot of thoughts to mind...

Spent good money for rugby shirts with rubber buttons
Yes. Still like old-school style rugby shirts.

Understand the difference between Norwegian and Goodyear
See "Raichle", above.

Bought webbing at the Army surplus
REI mail-order ruled!

Still believe wool kicks ass over pile
Do I really have to choose?

Think an ice screw is an apres climb activity
Yes and no.


12volt_man


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Forogt about the old leader must not fall credo.
:lol:


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As a late bloomer baby-boomer, I started climbing a year ago. I can't relate to the climbing-specific nostalgia. But I'd like to add:

Wonder if: After the kids are put through college, can I buy a '62 right-hand drive LandRover and dirt-bag 'til the day I die, or the Stones stop touring, whichever comes first.


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Got a very strange tan while wearing fishnet long underwear...

Or, a little later...

How many pairs of white painter pants did YOU wear out? (Not a big problem, though. They were really cheap at the Surplus store)


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Climbed with Vibram Lug soled boots

Can tie a bowline around your waist (in less than 5 seconds)

Tying in meant tying the rope around your waist... then came swiss seats. Woohoo.

Got rope burns on your back from belaying.

Got rope burns on your shoulder from rappeling(sp?)


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Owned "Kronhoffers"
Or put the chaulk in your pocket.
Did "the dine and dash"
Or if you know how to seperate the "stems and seeds." :lol: :lol:


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:lol: :lol: :lol:

Painter pants had that handy hammer loop too.

Good stuff people, keep it coming...



Let me see,

Can quote Gaston Rebuffant

Remember that Mesner/Habler were actually climbing the Eiger when Clint Eastwood was filming there

Was moved by National Geographic's cover of Rowell and Bridwell

Wondered what GPIW was thinking when they came out with Foamback

Subscribed to, or at least bummed copies of, Summit or Off Belay

Tried to use a Sticht-Plate with Goldline

Shopped at Holubar

Had "Frostline" clothing

8^)


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sewed a leather patch on the shoulder of a ventile anorak for dufersitz. know how to make a carabiner brake rappel system. ever owned a brake bar or stich link. ever pounded in a warthog. climbed Big Columbia in Lowa boots. owned a jensen pack or bombshelter tent. remember MSR ice axes. remember when the rateing system ended at 5.10.


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sewed a leather patch on the shoulder of a ventile anorak for dufersitz. know how to make a carabiner brake rappel system. ever owned a brake bar or stich link. ever pounded in a warthog. climbed Big Columbia in Lowa boots. owned a jensen pack or bombshelter tent. remember MSR ice axes. remember when the rateing system ended at 5.10.


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Yes, to all the above rememberences. And,
I also remember Oliver Moon! LOL
Cosmiccragsman
(An Old Geezer Joshua Tree Monument local)


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You still wear your 3lb Joe Brown foam-filled, fiberglass Helmet


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Your first rack was all pins and many of those were maleables (I still have it).
An example of your first commercial haul sack can be seen at Neptunes in Boulder on display as an artifact.
Your kids think your old primus stove is scary and dangerous looking.
You still have a pair of Hivernale's that fit.
You occasionally pull out the old Forest Hammock just remind yourself how "comfy" it really was not to mention the old Harding Bat Tent.


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Had Rock and Ice number #1 and all the North America Climber magazines.
Inspired by "The White Spider"
Still have 2 rugby shirts with rubber buttons and a red and blue stripped sailor's shirt.
Drilled my hexes like I did the brake levers on my bike (both pretty stupid ideas)
Had full set of Titons.


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So 12voltman I still have a fine example of a Holubar Colorado Down Parka, Gerry carabiners, and an original Lowe Alpine Systems Pack. though they gather dust I wouldn't part with them... too many formative years memories. 8^)


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If you truly know that bouldering can in fact be done alone, and (gasp) without a beenie. :shock:


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If you showed Fred Beckey the ropes....


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you might be a baby boomer climber if your name is:

12volt_man
oldtradman or
late_starter


12volt_man


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So 12voltman I still have a fine example of a Holubar Colorado Down Parka, Gerry carabiners, and an original Lowe Alpine Systems Pack. though they gather dust I wouldn't part with them... too many formative years memories. 8^)

Indeed!


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Another Boomer come late to climbing...

I still wear knickers when I solo; my much younger partners won't leave the car with me wearing them.

You didn't have to climb to sort seeds and stems. Anyway, sorting was to impress a babe, it all burned eventually.

Boomers... We grow older, but we never grow up!


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Have held a leader fall on a goldline with a hip belay, (and have the scars to prove it.)

Still think the stance is as important as the anchor.

Fiberglassed your Kletershoe toes, (beacuse rubber rands weren't available yet)

Owned a pair of Robbins blue suede boots.

Know what an oiled wool sweater is, (bonus if you still own one and the moths haven't eaten it)

Climbed or partied with a Stonemaster

Know What RCS means and had met most of them one time or another at Lunch Rock.

Climbed when it was common courtesy to not jump on a route adjacent to an occupied line and find something out of sight and earshot.

Know what a good pin sounds like.

Made your own nuts.

Don't really trust gear with moving parts and springs.

Used a Bota Bag instead of a Camelback.

Saved the seeds.

Still can't pass up a good thread, (around a chockstone that is)


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-Still have a couple of peices of goldline laying around.
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In reply to:
Know what a good pin sounds like
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In reply to:
I still wear knickers when I solo
:lol:

I'm a boomer too, but I never wore knickers,,never. They were/are just a bit too much for me. I had a partner once that wore them, laughed at him too!


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You might Be a Baby Boomer Climber if You: have any idea what MOACs and baby MOACs are

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I still wear knickers when I solo


We used to have the annual spring "knicker only" alpine trip, that made for some great B&W photo's
:D


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:lol:

guess u guys about covered it. got the painter's pants.
How about the 2" webbing for a swami (dat 2" blue sur did look good with my painter's pants)or make a harness from 1" webbing.

and it's Not...Trad climbing...it's Free climbing dammit

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