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camhead


Mar 5, 2009, 7:54 AM
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oh, not the pro-climbers, gawd, no.

If you are climbing full-time for over a year, there is no reason that you should not be a consistent 5.13 sport and trad climber, at the bare minimum. Really, I have climbed full-time for up to four months at a time (which is not a big deal for a lot of dirtbags, but still), and got quite strong for me.

I've said it before on this site, but I think it is incredible when someone can climb at or near the pro-level while maintaining a career, and a life outside climbing, basically being a very committed weekend warrior with occasional climbing vacations. Perhaps even more impressive than the feats of pros.

I'm in the final processes of finishing an academically-oriented PhD (no job in sight, but that's another story), and have not climbed outside since December. Right now I am really trying to justify going outside for a day and a half. It's hard.

So, a shout out to those who climb at high levels, while at the same time being basically avocational climbers, or dare I say it, HOBBYISTS, who balance out careers and climbing.

Bill Ramsay, a philosophy professor who crushes 5.14 (although apparently he just announced that climbing was more important than career to him, WOO!)

Henry Barber, who was/is so badass that I don't even need to say anything, other than apparently he is a successful businessman as well.

Curt Shannon, who, despite being one of this site's resident assholes, pulls down incredibly hard, all while generously treating itinerant dirtbags to fine food and drink wherever he goes.

AND, the ultimate...

John Gill, who in between inventing modern bouldering, managed to be a math professor, and I believe was even department chair for a while.

word. shout out. respect. Please post up others who are climbing in the most NON-dirtbag way possible. You hear me? THE BUMS WILL ALWAYS LOSE!

That is all.


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Scritch - scritch - scratch

Is that the feeble hope I see that camhead holds to that someday he, too, may actually be a talented climber with a career?


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shockabuku wrote:
Scritch - scritch - scratch

Is that the feeble hope I see that camhead holds to that someday he, too, may actually be a talented climber with a career?

yup. lofty goal, I know. though in this economy I still may wind up selling oranges on the side of the highway.


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Great post, couple more for the list:

Mike Doyle holds down an occasionally steady job as a software engineer climbs 5.14 and coaches.

Erik Kubiak is a Orthopaedic Trauma Surgeon and has done 14b fa's. I heard he even climbed hard while in med school.


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camhead wrote:
Curt Shannon, who, despite being one of this site's resident assholes, pulls down incredibly hard, all while generously treating itinerant dirtbags to fine food and drink wherever he goes.
This ^ is incredibly true.
I roll into town and before I know it I'm in a "guest room" bigger then my room at home, with a belly full of delicious food and fine whisky, wondering HTF he held onto those sloping crimpers on that one buldge.


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Thanks.

Here are a few more that come to mind.

Rich Goldstone. Prolific 50 year veteran climber and professor of mathematics.

Jim McCarthy. Long time Gunks hardman and first ascentionist of Lotus Flower Tower, among many many other fine routes. Also a prominent New York City trial attorney.

Kerwin Klein. k.l.k here at RC.com--professor of History, published book author and long time V.doubledigit boulderer and climber.

Curt


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camhead wrote:
shockabuku wrote:
Scritch - scritch - scratch

Is that the feeble hope I see that camhead holds to that someday he, too, may actually be a talented climber with a career?

yup. lofty goal, I know. though in this economy I still may wind up selling oranges on the side of the highway.

Better than selling organs on the side of the highway!Unsure


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altelis wrote:
camhead wrote:
shockabuku wrote:
Scritch - scritch - scratch

Is that the feeble hope I see that camhead holds to that someday he, too, may actually be a talented climber with a career?

yup. lofty goal, I know. though in this economy I still may wind up selling oranges on the side of the highway.

Better than selling organs on the side of the highway!Unsure

I thought he was talking about fruit, not musical instruments!


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The only one who cares about a 'career' is your mother. Go climb, but watch out, babysitting isn't all it's cracked up to be.Pirate


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Hammertoes wrote:
The only one who cares about a 'career' is your mother. Go climb, but watch out, babysitting isn't all it's cracked up to be.Pirate
Whats about me?
I am a at home dad.
And I climb 5.11a
Am I great.
I boulder V4
Am I sik wit it.
Can I stay at your home Curt.
I will shower daily!


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