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I had assumed that a lap was climbing up and then climbing down. Two laps would be climbing up, down, up and down again. When I had heard the term that's what I thought. However at the wall the other day some guys were doing what they called laps and they would climb up, be lowered down and then climb up again. So when the term is used which is correct? Also which would you recommend?


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Very interesting.

Personally, I have always considered two laps to be climbing upwards, completing the route, and then down climbing to the base of the route. I can see how this can create problems while climbing some large routes, where one would be much too tired to climb all the way back down.

My description of a lap, would most reasonably apply to easier bouldering routes. When one can climb a bouldering route, well within their technical difficulty range, and then down climb to the ground, this would mean that they have done two laps.

Upon larger routes however, I would see how more reasonably a lap would be simply to ascend to the top of the route, rappel yourself to the ground, and then climb once more to the top of the route.

I hope that I could have been of some assistance.


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Thanks munchkin.

Anyone else?


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You're very very welcome my friend!


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Using the race car analogy, a lap is a single trip around the circuit that ends where you began: once up + once down = one lap.

The people I've seen doing laps on the Outer Limits crack would climb up on toprope, get lowered off, and then climb again. Maybe those were half laps.


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"Laps" ususally means climbing the route repeatedly and being lowered between runs.

-Jay


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um...I dont think you can count it as a lap if youre lowered to the ground.
That would just clumbing a route a lot of times.


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That's what climbing laps means. You can downclimb if you want to, but usually, you just get lowered, and climb again with minimal rest.

-Jay


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I think it means climbing up, then climbing down (like doing laps in a pool, going there and back)


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Heres another spanner for the works. Bouldering Laps v Top Rope laps.


Top rope laps are up, lowered off, up lowered off = 2 laps

Bouldering is sit start, up, down, then back to sit start, then when your ass hist the ground, start again = 1 lap

hope this sheds some light


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It appears as though there is no definite description of what a lap would be, when considering climbing terms. This seems to be more of an opinionatively based discussion. Is there no real 'climbing dictionary' definition for the word lap?

Very interesting...


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Oh no iv'e gone cross eyed


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You guys are all wrong!
A lap is the top part of your legs when you are sitting down.
Laps are when there are many people sitting.
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I would definatly say upclimb + downclimb = 1 lap. Going up a route is climbing it, going up AND down is doing a lap. We usually do this while training, pick and easy route, and up and downclimb as many times as possible.


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Folks, you can't vote on definitions. The way sport climbers use the word, it means climbing the route repeatedly with minimal rest between "laps" to build endurance. You can downclimb or be lowered. Most climbers who do laps are lowered quickly, take a few breaths, and climb up again.

-Jay

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You could live in the lap of luxury.
And for five dolla you can get a lap dance brotha!
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1 pitch is equal to 150 feet.
So do laps until you hit the 150' marker. That would be 5 laps at 30 feet...


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