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rockjock04


Dec 23, 2001, 5:53 PM
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Ok,im not criticizing but I just want to understand how people name a route? Once you climb it do you grave the name of the route into the wall or something? You have to be "certified"? And lastly, how do you know you were the first to climb it? Could I name some of the routes at the local 30' gorge? This is just something ive wondered about since I found RC.com. Thanks for the input.


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The way a route gets a name is usually by the First Ascentionist (aka "FA") the FA gets to name the route because he has put forth the effort to establish the climb. People usually never carve the name of the route into the cliff. If there are other climbers locally and you get a FA of something just make them aware of the name. Names are really only a statement of how the FA was feeling at the time usually, they have no real purpose other than to look good in the guidebook.

I hope this cleared a bit of it up for you, for a good explanation/group rant of it go here.

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comperclimber has it right. The first ascentionist gets the honor of naming the route but names aren't necessarily just whimsical. They usually have something to do with an aspect of the climb or the mindset of the climber who set it. I've named climbs for reasons from the song playing on the radio at the time of the FA to the aesthetics of a route. There is no set way of doing it.


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Or they're just something that was stuck in your head all day.

One of mine that was like this is "Isotope ridden Pimple"

I'm still not sure where the name came from, but it was in the front of my mind.


kam_ill_eon


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Unfortunatly, usally you are not the first one to climb it. A lot of times routes are stolen because of uninformed climbers. Just keep that in mind.


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