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rock_diva


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Whaddaya think? When is a beginner no longer a beginner? I know there's no set level of climbing or time involved, but when would you consider yourself an INTERMEDIATE climber? Or an ADVANCED climber?


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now being a beginner has nothing to do with how hard you climb. it has to do with how much you know. and how much you like to climb. if you climb often and can help a beginner out with some basic questions then you are no longer a beginer


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No Offense...but does it really matter?

You climb, you learn, you have fun, you make friends.

Thats what it's all about.

When are you no longer a beginner?

Who are you comparing yourself to???

Sharma, Bridwell, Long, your non climbing brother/sister/mother/father, that old man who walks his dog every morning...

Don't worry about it.

Just have fun!!



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orestes1724


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you are no longer a beginner when you can teach people how to do stuff like set up ropes and ancors and stuff. it doesnt matter what grade your climbing as long as you can teach something safely.


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see that above post? ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
i wrote that when i was on rachels name...wow im stupid


hang_man


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you are not a beginner as long as u have begun climbing..


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hey thats a good one


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There is different levels of beginner though if you think about it. Right now, im pretty assured that I know alot about sport climbing, boulder, and top rope. But im starting trad, so therefore im a beginner again in the trad field.


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You're no longer a beginner when you're solid leading 5.6 or 5.8 trad.


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You're no longer a beginner when you're solid leading 5.6 or 5.8 trad.


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You stop being a 'beginner' when you can safely be responsible for the lives of others. I don't give a s--- whether you lead 5.5 or 5.13, if you can't handle the fact that this can be a dangerous sport for you and your partner(s), you haven't learned the part that matters. (JMHO) As far as I am concerned, the ability to judge what risks are worth taking is what sets an experienced climber apart from a beginner. Not coincidentally, once you get rational about risks, it is easier to focus on the climbing, and you get better at that, too.

The short version is, 'If you have to ask, you probably are'... but not always.


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