Aftermath, went climbing after a 30 year hiatus.


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T Hocking

Trad climber
Riverside/Redding, Ca
Topic Author's Original Post - Sep 4, 2012 - 11:53am PT
With the encouragement of a few of the old guys here, I joined a local climbing community and spent yesterday cragging after a 30 yr. hiatus near Lassen National Park.

The crags we climbed has not seen much action and the group (Epicmasters rock climbers) had just finished bolting anchors for top ropeing purposes.
The volcanic formations up to 50 ft. high consisted of rough textured, dirty, mossy, basalt with some loose holds as is expected in an undeveloped area.

Anyway, after bushwhacking thru waist deep manzanita (I wore shorts-Doh!) we arrived at the base. I got myself up a couple of the easier lines (.5-.7ish stuff) and popped off a couple of the more difficult ones (.9-.10ish)
stuff that I could have done BITD.

Here is a list of things that I learned, retained, lost, or were new to me from BITD:
1. Learned/New: harnesses and belay devices versus swami belts and hip
2. Retained: leg strength, flexibility, technique.
3. Lost: core and upper body strength, endurance.
4. Learned: wear long pants when bushwhacking thru manzanita
(my legs look like a map of the L.A. freeways)
5. Learned: as you age your skin thins and loses toughness, tape up or wear
gloves for hand/fist jamming. (I was a bloody mess)
6. New: Camming devices (nice but spendy) Quickdraws/sewn slings,
Sticky rubber shoes.

Was good to get back on the stone!
once a climber always a climber,

A few pics from the day of cragging,

Battle Scars,
Battle Scars
Battle Scars
Credit: T Hocking

Credit: T Hocking
Credit: T Hocking
Credit: T Hocking


Trad climber
the crowd MUST BE MOCKED...Mocked I tell you.
Sep 4, 2012 - 11:57am PT
30 years?
I couldn't imagine going 30 days without some difficulty or injury.

Never too long to be into climbing!

Good stuff

Sep 4, 2012 - 11:58am PT
even though I'm still quite young, I know the feeling of pleasure from rediscovering an old activity. *thumbs up*

So why did you quit?

Cams are amazing, even if pricey. Its simply a beautiful piece of engineering, probably should be in textbooks.


Social climber
Moorpark, CA.
Sep 4, 2012 - 12:02pm PT
Way to go....


Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Sep 4, 2012 - 12:03pm PT
Way to get back after it man!


If you want to that is...I mean if your wife and kids will let you...or if your shoulders hold up.......I mean after you heal....if you don't sleep wrong....


from SoCal
Sep 4, 2012 - 12:04pm PT
Way to go and welcome back. Mine is a similar story, although it sounds like you got back into it fairly fast. The new gear really is pretty good. If we had today's gear BITD, we would have used it.

My only caution is that the body ages much faster than the mind. I still look up at the rock and think like a 20 year old, but the body cannot do that anymore, so beware of letting your young mind get your older body in trouble.

Trad climber
Sep 4, 2012 - 12:04pm PT
I took 18 years off, (from 30 yrs old to 48) and was surprised to find how quickly I was back to my original lead ability. Core and upper-body strength definitely down (although I wind-surfed regularly most of the those years which helped)and was carrying an extra 20 lbs or so when I reentered (now 30 extra). But sticky rubber, cams, and a sort of "don't have as much to lose" attitude made up for the difference. Just wish my overall fitness was such that I could get up Steck-Salathe. But that will have to be another lifetime or a multi-day epic. ha

good to have you back in the ranks.....

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Sep 4, 2012 - 12:16pm PT
That's great. Hope you do more of it if it made you feel happy.

T Hocking

Trad climber
Riverside/Redding, Ca
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 4, 2012 - 02:37pm PT
Thanks for the kind words all.

To answer some questions and comments,

Crasic, I stopped climbing because life events changed my priorities.
Jobs, marriage, mortgage, daughter,etc. took precedence over climbing.
Got into other activities like music,golf, whitewater, kayak fishing.

Grampa, thanks for the concerns and cautions. I realize I'll never be the climber I was 30 yrs. ago, it would be nice though. LOL

I do think I'll stick with it though and enjoy climbing in the mild to moderate range, I'm too old to push the envelope now so to speak.

Yes, I'm very sore and scarred today and LOVE IT!


Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Sep 4, 2012 - 02:40pm PT
Really fun TR! Looking forward to the next. Of course, you took your ring off for the climbing...right?

Cue the de-gloving photo if not. Blargh!!!

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Sep 4, 2012 - 02:44pm PT
That's the stuff!
Now climb for the next thirty years to make up for! See you out there.
john bald

Sep 4, 2012 - 02:46pm PT
Glad you are back at it. Hope to meet you when I am up that way later this month. John

Way out there....
Sep 4, 2012 - 02:48pm PT

Trad climber
30 mins. from suicide USA
Sep 4, 2012 - 03:04pm PT
Yes, I'm very sore and scarred today and LOVE IT!
says it all...

Trad climber
East Coast US
Sep 4, 2012 - 03:06pm PT
Well done!

Gym climber
Berkeley, CA
Sep 4, 2012 - 03:26pm PT
I look forward to getting Manzanita scratches and gobies 30 years from now. Thanks for the inspiration! But hopefully I won't have too much of a hiatus in the interval :)

Trad climber
Yacolt, WA
Sep 4, 2012 - 03:42pm PT
Nice!! It is always nice to view the experience from a new perspective. I don't think that it matters much if it was 30 days or 30 years. I bet you had more fun than many!
T Hocking

Trad climber
Riverside/Redding, Ca
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 4, 2012 - 07:46pm PT
Crimpergirl,the ring stayed on for the 1st line, then I took it off when my belayer noticed it later.

Jaybro, 30 more years! I've been told here that I'M GONNA DIE. LOL

John, e-mail sent.

Chenchen, that salve looks sweet, but I'm using A&D Ointment, my mother
used the stuff for everything from my diaper rash to road rash.

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