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captainprozac


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Seems that you have answered your own question.It would be like trying to explain how a strawberry tastes to someone who
has never tasted one.


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Haha, exactly. Good for you for getting started! Good luck.

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A non-climber will probably never understand your enthusiasm. Some non-climbers that I'm around every day (co-workers) are starting to understand after, like, a year, of dealing daily w/ my obsession. But for the most part, they still think it's weird and crazy.


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Tell them you're attracted to climbing because it takes the strategy of a chess match, the balance of a gymnist, the stamina of the runner, the strength of a lifter, and the balls of an ox to do it. If nothing else, they'll be impressed.


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just tell them about sexy bodies in tight clothing...
err.. something like that...

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I'll take a shot, but keep in mind that I think people's appreciation is a personal thing.

First, there is the kickass feeling when you accomplish a climb. That, I think, is pretty universal.

Next, I know for me, it has to do with the level of concentration involved. Not only must you be continually aware of such subtle aspects of your foot angle, or a grip, but you're also constantly "problem solving" and lining up the next move(s). The mental aspects combined with such a precise physical activity make for a "consuming" sport.
This aspect was made clear to me when I started at this new job. The project was f---ed, the lead was an idiot, and we were all working long hours not knowing where we were headed. I started going to this local bouldering spot, and just started playing around. And then I gradually upped the stakes, trying harder stuff and challenging myself. And then one morning, after a 2+ hour bout, as I was walking back to my car, I realized that for those past 2 hours, I hadn't thought about work (and screwed it was) at ALL ! It was the most complete escape, mini vacation I could imagine. And it was awesome.
I know when I hike or mountain bike, my mind will wander back to day-to-day things, and crap like the situation at work could sneak into my psyche. But not so with climbing - you simply can't "afford" to. This is what I mean by "consuming". I don't think there are that many activities that are this consuming. And that's what makes climbing unique.


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for me its topping out on a challenging climb and forgetting about all my personal problems. one of my favorite things to do is top out on a climb in Joshua Tree late in the afternoon. look around and sometimes you think that you are the only one around, so cool. the other thing is to clib in a wilderness area and not only complete the climb, but appreciate your surroundings.


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i think its personal. i think every individual has there own unique love and addiction for it. im not sure i can explain it well myself.


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