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Hammertoes


May 4, 2009, 11:45 AM
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I posted this over on the rousing discussion in the injuries-treatment section over a heated debate about helmet caused injuries. I thought it might be better served here. What do you think?

We climb to "stare death in the face and scream our rage at the inevitability of it", mountaineers started wearing them, because some mountaineers where overly educated physics instructors and conservative by nature.

Sport climbers started wearing them because they were not as competent as the 'Trad climbers' of the day got scarred easily and thought 'they could be hurt'. Someone told them they could have 'fun' without committing to the challenge they had undertaken

Now, your mothers have taken over their job. When you were little it started with female hysteria her prodigy would not survive to procreate and spread her genes. So you were required to wear your helmets and safety protection for bicycles, skateboards, and roller skates.

Men, being men, did not take these precautions, for us it is about the activity (who cares if you are going to die, it is living an empty life that is the tragedy). Like sperm, that gets one shot, we take ours and the adrenalin rush that goes with it. That is why old climbers don't exist; we all embraced our angst and our activity as divine sport. What kind of man (climber) would give up that?

It is embracing that passion, not who is wearing a 'helmet' or why.


desertwanderer81


May 4, 2009, 11:55 AM
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It's a good excuse to get outside!


Tree_wrangler


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Yeah, in the coolest kind of outside there is. But dying isn't part of my equation. Unless I die. Then it is.


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seatbeltpants


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i need a good excuse to wear my rad helmet.

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Women and money.


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johnwesely


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What are you talking about? Sometimes it is appropriate to wear a helmet (loose rock, etc...) sometimes it is not (sport climbing, single pitch trad, etc...). I may only have one shot at life, but I also do not want to get hit on the head with a rock. I am just not into that.


icyfrosty


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I beg to differ on that one..

I mean There some up sides to getting hit on the head with a huge stone... If you had a crappy week... boom you forgot it, you get a cool scar...

The scary part is if that concussion starts causing frequent lose of memories.. than you need to start tattoing all the important stuff on you... like...

What was I talking about?

Icy, WTF... where am I :), Frosty


kennoyce


May 6, 2009, 7:54 AM
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I climb to "stare death in the face and scream our rage at the inevitability of it"

There, I fixed that for you.

I climb to get outside in the beauty of nature, to see this beauty from a perspective that many people never will, and to stay active and healthy. That is the reason that I climb.

And wearing a helmet or not is totally climb and rock type dependent.


Hotpies


May 6, 2009, 8:16 AM
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I climb because I'm insecure about the size of my penis.


MikeSaint


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I'd love to share with you why but its a bit personal. So I will tell you this:

I cant control my alter ago and it tells me that you havent seen what I've seen.


noshift


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i climb for the community within. climbers are some of the most relaxed and cool people i have ever met. with the exception of some. i also climb because it make life interesting and it is a good convo starter at the bar.


brownie710


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it beats sitting on the couch watching tv like the rest of America


Partner angry


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Hotpies wrote:
I climb because I'm insecure about the size of my penis.

Good to know there are kindred spirits out there for me.


onceahardman


May 6, 2009, 8:15 PM
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angry wrote:
I climb to look hot.

yer gonna need a bigger helmetWink


Mellow


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because it's fun


jpetsch123


May 6, 2009, 9:22 PM
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There is a small contengent of gnomes that force me to cllimb or else eat exclusivley old taco bell burritoes for the rest of my life. Therefore i climb.


hyhuu


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Why not?

But more importantly, I climb just to find out what's the big fuzz is all about the view up there that people kept talking about.


Brhino90


May 10, 2009, 10:12 PM
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for me...it goes hand in hand with being outdoors. Camping, hiking, climbing, fishing, swimming...all outdoor activities I enjoy partaking in and can usually do most if not all in the same general area, and you can't beat the cool scars you get!


swoopee


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jpetsch123 wrote:
There is a small contengent of gnomes that force me to cllimb or else eat exclusivley old taco bell burritoes for the rest of my life. Therefore i climb.

Wow, that's really weird! Me too!


jermanimal


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I climb to be closer to God.


the_climber


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Why do you climb?

Is there an echo? I swear my wife asks me that every day.


sungam


May 22, 2009, 3:42 PM
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It's more fun then not climbing.


skiclimb


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I climb because I am here.

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