'Trad' climbing. Or is it?

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Fossil climber

Trad climber
Atlin, B. C.
Oct 22, 2012 - 11:19pm PT
Seems like Alpamayo has it about right.

bit'er ol' guy

climber
the past
Oct 23, 2012 - 12:16am PT

really?

no, REALLY?

still?

that's the topic? "what is trad?"

who are you guys?

sorry man, but no one cares about your little climbs!

NO-ONE-CARES-DUDE!

climb for yourself.

you might like it.
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 23, 2012 - 12:17am PT
I have never met a climber who never led a pitch he hadn't top roped. Is that a local phenomenon back there?

They would lead pitches that are way bellow their lead ability without TRing them, but if it gets to their limit, they never try to lead without working it first.
Captain...or Skully

climber
Oct 23, 2012 - 12:21am PT
I mostly just climb. I let you folks worry about its nomenclature.
locker

Gym climber
DUH!!!...
Oct 23, 2012 - 12:23am PT


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bergbryce

Mountain climber
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Oct 23, 2012 - 12:25am PT
trad climbing to me means placing gear for protection on lead, end of discussion, for me at least. some routes are bolted and are sport climbs. some routes have bolts and gear, those are bolts and gear climbs.

traditional style, in my opinion would involve a frighteningly skinny rack by today's standards, no helmet, a 50m rope and some big wool mittens.
jstan

climber
Oct 23, 2012 - 12:45am PT
They would lead pitches that are way bellow their lead ability without TRing them, but if it gets to their limit, they never try to lead without working it first.

People do first ascents that turn out to be at their limit quite frequently. (Indeed some look for situations that might be at their limit.) In either case since it has never been done you can't know.

Let's look at a specific case of a route with little protection. I'll ask a question. What portion of the people trying the Bachar Yerian top rope it first? My guess is the answer is as diverse as are the people who try it.

The preemptive quote above seems too strong.

Since it is related I will repeat a practical observation I posted elsewhere. Top roping as a percentage of the total climbing being done today is quite apparently far higher than I have seen over the past forty five years. Top roping to the extent that leading is entirely excluded. This makes a great deal of sense. With our health care system a serious fall can, in minutes, convert a home owning wino into a homeless wino. Based upon this, assuming Obamacare is not reversed, one needs to get their hard climbing finished by the age of twenty six. If it is reversed, I expect the cost of cams will drop substantially.


The purest trad is onsight in the dark.

Testimony from one of William Shockley's climbing partners. After extended bouts at the Brauhouse, the two would solo climb routes in the dark. It is perhaps only by pure chance that you have that keyboard in front of you. I say "perhaps" for a good reason. Bardeen with his two Nobels, was no slouch.

Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Oct 23, 2012 - 12:48am PT
The purest trad is onsight in the dark.
snowhazed

Trad climber
Oaksterdam, CA
Oct 23, 2012 - 12:57am PT
trad is rad
NigelSSI

Trad climber
B.C.
Oct 23, 2012 - 01:43am PT
Let's not forget that there is a whole lot of top roping in trad climbing... Whoever follows a pitch is still trad climbing despite the rope above them.

I mean jeeesus... I'll hand it to anyone who cleanly follows long 5.hard+ routes, and gives a good belay.
Charlie D.

Trad climber
Western Slope, Tahoe Sierra
Oct 23, 2012 - 10:03am PT


There was a climber named Thad
Who thought he was quite rad
Until he decided to go trad
When it got wide it all went bad
That was the end of Thad

OK weak, here's the start for the next:

There was a climber named Jim
Who was often found in the gym
.....any takers?
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Oct 23, 2012 - 10:18am PT
^^^^^
Climbed a trad .10 on a whim
placed a cam when it got thin
it pulled and the result was quite grim?

I know, poetry is not my strength,
Tad

GDavis

Social climber
SOL CAL
Oct 23, 2012 - 10:20am PT
I hate the word "trad." Especially when used as a verb.
TradEddie

Trad climber
Philadelphia, PA
Oct 23, 2012 - 10:30am PT
When you on-sight a trad climb, no matter how far below your level, you'll understand. If you don't then, you never will. I'll never climb as hard as 95% of the pos(t)ers here, but on-sighting any trad climb is, for me, infinitely more satisfying than any hangdog pinkpoint redpoint. On the other hand, it's all climbing, and all fun.

TE
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