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scdance


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I know there is a whole thread dedicated to rock climbing and their inherent mistakes, but I was just looking for more specific mistakes we make when we climb in the gym and bouldering. I am new to this sport, I love it so much and just wanted to make sure that I wasn't making a fool of myself at the gym. Any tips and/or things that irk you when beginners are climbing?


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http://www.rockclimbing.com/...4;page=unread#unread


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That's not really what I'm looking for, that is really only talking about checking a gri-gri, and the problems that accompany gri-gri's. I want more of a personal view of beginners and the problems of, not belaying devices.

Thanks though! I did learn a little bit from that post.


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scdance wrote:
I know there is a whole thread dedicated to rock climbing and their inherent mistakes, but I was just looking for more specific mistakes we make when we climb in the gym and bouldering. I am new to this sport, I love it so much and just wanted to make sure that I wasn't making a fool of myself at the gym. Any tips and/or things that irk you when beginners are climbing?

People who throw tantrums on routes that are clearly too difficult for them. Also noobs who take climbing too seriously.

Enjoy Smile


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Not paying attention to where your route goes and putting someone else, who was there first, on another intersecting route in a bad position because of it.


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Be aware of where others are climbing. It is a regular occurance in my gym that people who are new to climbing will walk, or climb under (or close to) others that are bouldering. Not a good idea. Stick with it. The more time you spend climbing, the more you will notice on your own what the correct etiquette is.


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scdance wrote:
...mistakes we make when we climb in the gym...

That's redundant in and of itself.

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curt wrote:
scdance wrote:
...mistakes we make when we climb in the gym...

That's redundant in and of itself.

Curt

Thanks for the input, Curt!

And thank you everyone else, I will be keeping watch of everythign that has been suggested.


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Spraying unwanted beta irks most climbers. Ask first if you want to offer a suggestion.


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djlachelt wrote:
Spraying unwanted beta irks most climbers. Ask first if you want to offer a suggestion.

good advice.


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After delving deeper into the climbing world and finding out what beta meant, that does seem like something that would piss some climbers off. Good call.


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Climbing with tones of extra crap on your harness. Clean the jungus off before hitting the gym. (confession, I was that guy long ago) Don't do dynos for fun, or tendonitis will soon follow. (seen many new bolderers deal with this one) Mono pockets and sharp holds + beginners = pop goes the tendon. Don't push it too hard in the beginning. I've never hurt myself rock climbing; but myself and several partners have all damaged finger tendons on plastic. And lastly, keep your shirt on! Your not that impressive!

(edit to impress the spelling police)


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What about when people drink water while they climb? I mean I've heard quite a bit about how that's unacceptable or really bad for you while you climb? What's that all about?


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scdance wrote:
What about when people drink water while they climb? I mean I've heard quite a bit about how that's unacceptable or really bad for you while you climb? What's that all about?

I have never seen this in all my years of climbing, assuming you mean drinking while actually in the act of climbing.

Here are a few n00b mistakes:

Safety
Not doubling-back their harness
Not locking their belay biner
Taking their hand of the brake strand
Belayer not paying attention/not keeping up with their climber
Not properly spotting
If leading, allowing the rope to get behind their leg
Threading your belay device backwards

Annoying
Being loud and obnoxious
Having a conversation between climber and belayer
Spewing unsolicited beta
Trying to impress your SO with your amazing climbing knowledge, but getting everything wrong (i.e. Overheard in a gym: "As soon as you take a lead fall, you need to retire your rope."

Goofy
Bouldering with your harness on
Climbing with unneeded gear on your harness (i.e. quickdraws, cordellette)

Josh


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blueeyedclimber wrote:
Trying to impress your SO with your amazing climbing knowledge, but getting everything wrong (i.e. Overheard in a gym: "As soon as you take a lead fall, you need to retire your rope."

A guy at my local gym was claiming, "I took a 30' whipper on that (gym) route...". The gym is only 24' feet high.


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Colinhoglund wrote:
. And lastly, keep your shirt on! Your not that impressive!

I would actually list that first.


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the most important one ...

not paying attention when yr belaying ...

often chatting to a hawt gurl or being chatted to if yr hawt ....


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Colinhoglund wrote:
Don't do dynos for fun, or tendentious will soon follow.

I don't think that word means what you think it means.

Jay


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jt512 wrote:
Colinhoglund wrote:
Don't do dynos for fun, or tendentious will soon follow.

I don't think that word means what you think it means.

Jay

So true, nice catch.


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I suppose this goes for any climbing, but I think maybe you see it more in gyms than anyplace else... a lot of new climbers somehow get the notion that there's a code of etiquette to climbing other than common consideration and politeness. For example, "Lead climbers get route priority over top ropers." Arguments over violations of the "code" often ensue. We see them in threads on here all the time.


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guangzhou wrote:
jt512 wrote:
Colinhoglund wrote:
Don't do dynos for fun, or tendentious will soon follow.

I don't think that word means what you think it means.

Jay

So true, nice catch.

Once again I've been had by speeelll Cheeeeeek! Tendonitis, t-e-n-d-o-n-i-t-i-s tendonitis.


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In reply to:
Safety
Not doubling-back their harness
Not locking their belay biner
Taking their hand of the brake strand
Belayer not paying attention/not keeping up with their climber
Not properly spotting
If leading, allowing the rope to get behind their leg
Threading your belay device backwards

Annoying
Being loud and obnoxious
Having a conversation between climber and belayer
Spewing unsolicited beta
Trying to impress your SO with your amazing climbing knowledge, but getting everything wrong (i.e. Overheard in a gym: "As soon as you take a lead fall, you need to retire your rope."

I'd add doing "laps" on routes to the annoying list. At least it annoys me. I tend to climb on plastic at the gym/fitness club. A lot of people there take the sets/reps mentality to the wall where they climb and down climb a route 3 times (I guess thats 3 reps on the wall?), move to another route - do the same thing - then move back to the original climb. Irritates me to no end while the rest of us have to wait in line for the limited amount of routes. The gym sort of condones this as a super great new exercise.....

For safety, it still irks me when noobs do the pinch and slide belay method with their brake hand right up against the belay device. The merits of the method can be debated I guess but for me, having limited leverage along with your hand just waiting to be pulled into the device is not a good time.


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scdance wrote:
I know there is a whole thread dedicated to rock climbing and their inherent mistakes, but I was just looking for more specific mistakes we make when we climb in the gym and bouldering. I am new to this sport, I love it so much and just wanted to make sure that I wasn't making a fool of myself at the gym. Any tips and/or things that irk you when beginners are climbing?

Here ya go. Took me a little while to track it down, but hope it helps: http://www.rockclimbing.com/...rum.cgi?post=2498735

Cheers,

GO


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Lol I remember walking into the gym with about 8 quickdraws not knowing they were already in the wall, but then it made sense, why would they ever take them off...


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rgbscan wrote:
I'd add doing "laps" on routes to the annoying list. At least it annoys me. I tend to climb on plastic at the gym/fitness club. A lot of people there take the sets/reps mentality to the wall where they climb and down climb a route 3 times (I guess thats 3 reps on the wall?), move to another route - do the same thing - then move back to the original climb. Irritates me to no end while the rest of us have to wait in line for the limited amount of routes.


Ummm...I do laps all the time. I always do lead lap set of three. I lead a climb, pull the rope, lead again, pull the rope and do it one more time. No rests between pulls, just trying to get 75+ feet of climbing so that it better reflects fitness level needed for an outdoor climb. Once a week I tie up a top rope for 30-45 minutes while I ARC!

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