I am no longer a 5.11 climber

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eeyonkee

Trad climber
Golden, CO
Topic Author's Original Post - Apr 16, 2018 - 04:15pm PT
I just have to fess up. A 5.11 climber is someone who can on-sight 5.11 more often than not. I am no longer he or she. I haven't given up on getting back there. I'm not far off. Fifteen percent more intestinal fortitude would probably get me there. On the other hand, I realistically haven't been there for several years (I'm 61).

Bless me Father, for I have sinned. It has been several years' since my last confession. These are my sins. -- For the life of me, Father, 5.11 seems hard as shit!

For my entire adult life, I have identified with being a 5.11 climber. I know that the grades continue to advance, but I would have to think that the majority of climbers still respect 5.11. It made me feel special when other parts of my life were not going so well. I just always thought that I would be able to climb 5.11. Alas!
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
Nothing creative to say
Apr 16, 2018 - 04:17pm PT
Even if you 'were' a 5.11 climber. That can never be taken away.


I've been able to scare myself silly on climbs. No one can ever take that away, but I may not do it anymore on hard moves. :)


eeyonkee

Trad climber
Golden, CO
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 16, 2018 - 04:22pm PT
I'm with you, Munge!
Nawmean?

Social climber
Out there
Apr 16, 2018 - 04:22pm PT
That’s funny, I was just pointing out some hard OW climbs yesterday and yapping about watching you swim up some scary stuff at Indian creek in a flash. Is it possible our OW heros are mortal??? Nooooooo!!!!
eeyonkee

Trad climber
Golden, CO
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 16, 2018 - 04:30pm PT
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zip

Trad climber
pacific beach, ca
Apr 16, 2018 - 04:35pm PT
I can relate.
wilbeer

Mountain climber
Terence Wilson greeneck alleghenys,ny,
Apr 16, 2018 - 04:39pm PT
Namaste. I was never completely there.
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
Nothing creative to say
Apr 16, 2018 - 04:46pm PT
But lest us fall to the path of slothfulness, what all are you doing to work on fitness?


I'll be out running in about 15 minutes.


Make it happen!
ruppell

climber
Apr 16, 2018 - 04:56pm PT
A 5.11 climber is someone who can on-sight 5.11 more often than not

It's refreshing to here some people still believe that. To me it's to onsight 90% or better, regardless of type of climbing, to be a climber of any given grade.

I can't count the number of 5.whatever climbers I've watched bolt to bolt and hang on that same grade over the last few years. It's insane.

Maybe it's an old school thing but it's an old school thing a believe in firmly. Don't call yourself a 5.whatever climber unless you very rarely fall at that grade.

End rant. lol
i-b-goB

Social climber
Wise Acres
Apr 16, 2018 - 05:00pm PT
Dial it back a little when you have to...
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And have some fun in the sun...


...I'm 61 too!

Edit: Cr@p I'm 62, but what is age but a number! : )
phylp

Trad climber
Upland, CA
Apr 16, 2018 - 05:08pm PT
Eeyonkee, I do respect 5.11 climbers and I certainly respect you. Somehow your name came up yesterday and Daphne and I were saying to each other what a nice person you are.
You may or may not ever consistently be a 5.11 climber again but nobody who knows you will ever give a s$&t. They just want you to be the partner and friend you always were and always will be.

But I think you’ll get back there.
Phyl (posting from a rest day in Las Vegas)
eeyonkee

Trad climber
Golden, CO
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 16, 2018 - 05:08pm PT
You're right, Tami. I'm not saying that I am somehow how stuck on this. I'm just noting a realization of mine. I'm trying to put it in perspective based on my personal history. My thought in posting this was that I'll bet there are many like me.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Apr 16, 2018 - 05:25pm PT
Think of it as a flying license. Yer license is gud for life, but ya needs a current medical to use it.
Oh, and ‘current medical’ means yer head, too. 🤪
Scole

Trad climber
Zapopan
Apr 16, 2018 - 05:30pm PT
I gave that up a long time ago. As a pessimist I can always be pleasantly surprised now and then.

jogill

climber
Colorado
Apr 16, 2018 - 05:31pm PT
You need to focus on What is Mind and forget this silly climbing nonsense. Leave that to Alex Puccio (watch her climb Holloway's Trice!)
eeyonkee

Trad climber
Golden, CO
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 16, 2018 - 05:35pm PT
You need to focus on What is Mind and forget this silly climbing nonsense. Leave that to Alex Puccio (watch her climb Holloway's Trice!)
Easy for you to say:)
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Apr 16, 2018 - 05:40pm PT
I led a pitch of 5.11 last June.

I'd call it C1.

I saw a 5.11 climber lead it a month earlier, also on aid, and took twice as long.



I might still have another wall solo left in me.
WBraun

climber
Apr 16, 2018 - 05:42pm PT
Climbing is st00pid anyways.

Only st00pid do it.

Oh wait I did it

So I must be the st00pid one ......
eeyonkee

Trad climber
Golden, CO
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 16, 2018 - 05:46pm PT
And may I say Well said, WB (or may I call you, the Duck?)!
SomebodyAnybody

Big Wall climber
Torrance
Apr 16, 2018 - 05:47pm PT
So Grug, you know what that means. Time to retire.

Not from climbing, from work. Start climbing outside 3-4 days a week and you'll be back there, quick.
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