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difdclimber


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How old would you say the average person stops climbing at or better yet, at what age do MOST people climb until? I don't meen stop performing at peak levels but climbing (whether it be bouldeirng, sport climbing, or top roping) how old can one expect to climb until? 50's? 60's? Thanks guys


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You climb until either:

you get married, have kids, and decide you don't have the time for it,

or, you blow out a rotator cuff (or something similar).

[Single] guys that stay [relatively] injury free can easily climb into their 60's, but most don't.


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Your age stops when you start to climb. That is how I see it.


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difdclimber wrote:
How old would you say the average person stops climbing at or better yet, at what age do MOST people climb until? I don't meen stop performing at peak levels but climbing (whether it be bouldeirng, sport climbing, or top roping) how old can one expect to climb until? 50's? 60's? Thanks guys

ask fred becky


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My regular trad partner just turned 65. He was feeling kinda' bummed about having to sign up for Medicare and has been wondering himself how long he can keep climbing. He climbs circles around me, and he's old enough to be my father.

As long as you keep at it, don't hurt yourself too badly and don't let the rest of your life get in the way, you can climb for lifetime.

Kathy


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Would love to see the dropout stats from the first day in the gym by month for the first two years and by year thereafter.


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lol I plan on climbing til I die. I'd rather die climbing than in a bed.


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I know I run into numerous climbers well into their 60's that I see out there on the same routes I'm on, climbnig just fine.
I've also run into climbers well into their 70's soloing ice routes that we were pitching out.

A few years back I was 4wheeling into an area I climb in to show the better half where it is that I go, and we ran into this guy who had to be at least 75. I stopped to chat with him as I saw he had a mountain axe on his pack. Offered him a ride to the trail head/camp area he was heading to. He just smiled and declined rattling off somthing about it would take away from the experiance. Ran into him a week later on his way out, he had been climbing and scrambling up a storm, and moving down the trail at a pace most of us wouldn't be able to keep up. Offered him a ride back to his car, same smile and decline to the offer, for the same reasons.


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difdclimber wrote:
How old would you say the average person stops climbing at or better yet, at what age do MOST people climb until? I don't meen stop performing at peak levels but climbing (whether it be bouldeirng, sport climbing, or top roping) how old can one expect to climb until? 50's? 60's? Thanks guys

My guess would be most of the average people don't even climb.

If you'd ask of those that climb, I'd guess as long as they can. At least thats my plan.
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Read the latest issue of gripped, it had a good article on some hardmen from squamish; Brian Moorhead, George Hanzel and Joe Turley. A really good issue, you should pick it up, talk about inspiration!

>Cam


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Many mountaineers have climbed until the day they died....


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sspssp wrote:
You climb until either:

you get married, have kids, and decide you don't have the time for it,
I'd be interested in how true this is. anyone?


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macherry wrote:
difdclimber wrote:
How old would you say the average person stops climbing at or better yet, at what age do MOST people climb until? I don't meen stop performing at peak levels but climbing (whether it be bouldeirng, sport climbing, or top roping) how old can one expect to climb until? 50's? 60's? Thanks guys

ask fred becky


Thank you. My thoughts exactly.


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skinnyclimber wrote:
Many mountaineers have climbed until the day they died....

ha - excellent retort.

As for marriage/kids/climbing - Just like everything else....It depends. Take a look around - you'll probably notice climbers of all ages, with and without spouses, with and without children, never been injured to coming back from one to kicking hard ass with fake limbs.

I'd be more interested in the levels of drop out based on day one at the gym to 2 years as someone mentioned. Climbing is fun! And it's easy to get bit hard and want to get out there whenever possible. But like lots of fresh hobbies.....some will lose interest. Two years seems like a pretty good line to draw for a "novelty wear-off factor," I think.

Someone made mention a while back, about my local crag, that every two years you see a turnover on faces. I can't say as I have noticed that myself; in fact last weekend was my first day there this season and....lots of people who knew me(I'd say that I knew, but....I am awful with faces and names and 99% of them called hello to me first). Most of them are people who've been climbing longer than me(5 years). But maybe some people who know their local crags well - and are good with faces - could say if they think the 2-year turn is an accurate thing.


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taydude wrote:
lol I plan on climbing til I die. I'd rather die climbing than in a bed.

^ That is my opinion and how i want to live my life as well.

Thanks for all the input everyone. More shocking than i thought, but in a good way of course.


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majid_sabet wrote:
Your age stops when you start to climb. That is how I see it.

How old will you be? Sly


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the needs of the "MANY" outweigh the needs of "ONE" or the "FEW"..... spock........(^:~


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sspssp wrote:
You climb until either:

you get married, have kids, and decide you don't have the time for it,

or, you blow out a rotator cuff (or something similar).

But the people who stop climbing for reasons like this....were they ever really true climbers in the first place?


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granite_grrl wrote:
sspssp wrote:
You climb until either:

you get married, have kids, and decide you don't have the time for it,

or, you blow out a rotator cuff (or something similar).

But the people who stop climbing for reasons like this....were they ever really true climbers in the first place?

in my .02...no they're not


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Some friends have stopped about 75.


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fresh wrote:
sspssp wrote:
You climb until either:

you get married, have kids, and decide you don't have the time for it,
I'd be interested in how true this is. anyone?

Well, when you have kids, you certainly have less time.

But if you were serious about it in the first place, you will find the way to still climb... hopefully you were smart enough to marry a climber, that makes it easier.


Back to the original question, the oldest person I ever climbed with was 78yo. He did an awesome job on a sandbagged, very overhanging 5.8. Granted, he had climbed this route so many times before that he could probably do it in his sleep, but I was very impressed nevertheless.


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will find the way to still climb... hopefully you were smart enough to marry a climber, that makes it easier.

Actually, this doesn't make it a whole lot easier.. somebody's got to watch the kids while you're out climbing. I think if my wife climbed she probably would have given it up after our son came along.

I definitely have less time to climb, but I think the general assessment still holds true that if it's important to you, you'll make the time. As my kids get older, I hope they will also enjoy climbing. I can't wait for the day I get to do some multi-pitch with my son and/or daughter. If they don't take to climbing, I'll likely gain an appreciation for whatever it is they choose to do, and devote a lot of my time there, thus taking away even more time from my climbing.


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dutyje wrote:
lena_chita wrote:
will find the way to still climb... hopefully you were smart enough to marry a climber, that makes it easier.

Actually, this doesn't make it a whole lot easier.. somebody's got to watch the kids while you're out climbing. I think if my wife climbed she probably would have given it up after our son came along.

So, you think you wife would have given it up, even though you aren't willing to? Very nice of you! Of course, women are never as much into it as guys are, and women are expected to make sacrifices when they have kids, so it is a no-brainer that she should be the one to give up stuff she likes... I guess I should have qualified that marrying someone self-centered is never a good option...

I think I should go right now and give another hug to my husband, who stayed home without complaint and kept everything going smoothly, so I could extend a busness trip by 5 days of climbing at Red Rocks and Joshua Tree...

Trust me, I know what I am talking about. I have two kids. My husband and I are both climbers. Yes, someone has to watch the kids, of course. But there are more options open if you have a husband who understands that climbing is as important to his wife as it is to him. We alternate weekend trips -- one parent goes on a trip, while the other stays home. We also go together and take the kids with us when it is a feasible option.


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granite_grrl wrote:
sspssp wrote:
You climb until either:

you get married, have kids, and decide you don't have the time for it,

or, you blow out a rotator cuff (or something similar).

But the people who stop climbing for reasons like this....were they ever really true climbers in the first place?

Your climbing time definitely decreases when you have kids. Specially when they are too young to climb or have no interest in climbing Shocked.
But if you have a kids and your spouse is not a climber and you still climb as much as you used to when you were single, well I guess we have to question your priorities.


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Wrong, wrong and wrong again.

We have a married 63 year old who still climbs 12s in spite of numerous injuries.

You climb until you stop wanting to.

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