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When it no longer makes you smile.

That, my friend, is when you hang up your shoes and move on.


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Pianomahnn,

I love your response to this topic. How did you ever get so damn cool?


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What do you climb for ???

I climb just to climb. I enjoy TRing a 5.8 in the gym as much as I enjoy leading a gnarly 5.11c sport, or a frightening 5.10R on trad.

I don't do it for the numbers, I do it for the enjoyment I get from climbing.


~Adam


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Try to get on some easy stuff that challenges your mental aspect (5.8 trad if your were leading 5.11's) and you may get that spark back. Or go solo the Reticent Wall. If that doesn't do it, I don't know what will. Wait, that may make you hate climbing. Hmmmm...

Maybe get some old buddies together (climbing buddies) and go out for a day.

Or take some new buddies (non climbers) and show them the time of their lives on the rock. Their enthusiasm should hopefully brush off on you.

If all else fails, mail all of your gear to:

Paul Addison
11278 San Mateo Dr. #B
Loma Linda, CA 92354

I will give it a good home and send you some compensation for the shipping.

TRADitionally yours,

Addiroids


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Hey, and if you just don't feel like sending it to Cali you can always send your gear to me Colorado. Actually I would much rather have you keep on climbing than I would be to get any gear. But on the other hand why would you want to do it if you have lost the passion for it. Don't ruin all the good memories by turning climbing into something that you hate to think about. Better to just keep it as a good thing to look back on.


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Rock climbing is a hobby. Hobbies are like girlfriends. If you get bored and things aren't fun anymore, no use beating a dead horse, find a new one.


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Don't give up on it completely yet, let it rest for some time, get stuff done in your life. I do know that the people who get serious about climbing get affected by it, if you really like it it changes your life, perhaps the change you needed has been done. wait for some time.. you may need another change, perhaps a change back to that place in the past

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Prollux: "Hobbies are like girlfriends. If you get bored and things aren't fun anymore, no use beating a dead horse, find a new one."

Good analogy but I have to disagree with your approach. Hobbies and GF do have that lustre when you first get involved with them. In fact studies have shown that persons in a new relationship show some of the signs of obsessive complusive disorder temporarily.

As with GF's, the initial passsion will fade. We are human that's the way things are. And just like with GF's when it's gone you had better have something meaningful and stable there to replace it with.

B&B, was/is your relaionship with climbing based on flash and dash? or on something more meaningful to you? Do you have a deep seated enjoyment/respect for the sport itself? Or just the rush?

The choice is yours. You can pack you gear away like some many before you, or you can find you new niche in climbing. It will NEVER be the same, but it CAN be different in a good way. Maybe it's your lot to take ona prodigy climber? or change styles? You can mature in this, or give up. It's up to you.

Sorry for the rant


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Well said RatStar


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I've been burned out a few times in the 7 years that I've been climbing too. For me, a break from climbing for a month or so usually puts the itch back in me to get back out there and start climbing.

But, like Chris said, when it stops being fun, hang 'em up. It doesn't have to be permanent, but you definitely need to step back a while to remember what it was you loved about climbing and why you were out there in the first place.

Just my thoughts, hope they help - would hate to lose you from the sport, Glenn.

Mick


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I feel a really good rant building on this one......

c'mon, y'all, you can do better! Get me inspired here....

Krillen, you never EVER have to apologize around here for ranting!


Pollux - you ROCK, dude! You had me pissing with laughter on that one!





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In this disposible world it's so easy to say "screw it" and chuck something away because it's not easy anymore. There is no growth without pain. As Bruce Cochburn says "nothing worth having comes without some kind of fight, you've got to kick at teh darkness until it bleeds daylight"


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I think for several people a place can be reached where it is time to move on. If you find yourself climbing for the wrong reasons. Money? Prestige? Image? I think these are some of the most common. When you stop climbing just for the pure enjoyment and challenge of the rock, then it is time to at the very least take a step back. Maybe there is something else you have been called to do.

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