Favorite Types of Climbing?


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Social climber
Topic Author's Original Post - Nov 15, 2012 - 09:28pm PT
I love aretes: the position, the exposure, the techy element of them and the tricks that help one get through the difficulties.

Thin finger cracks too, which is weird because I have fat digits. Go figure.


Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Nov 15, 2012 - 09:29pm PT
Climbing into bed every night with my bride....#1.

(It's a tall bed...and at my age, it's a 5.9 mantle. :)
Captain...or Skully

Nov 15, 2012 - 09:36pm PT
Rock climbing.

Trad climber
the middle of CA
Nov 15, 2012 - 09:45pm PT
I like exploring the mountains, and climbing is just a means to that end. The actual climbing part is fun but not the goal. Soooo remote, random, long, and in a cool place.

Hence my draw to obscurities and repulsion from yosemite (1.5 hours from where I sit).

Oh and type of climbing: Rock

Somewhere out there
Nov 15, 2012 - 09:50pm PT
Not that any of it ever mattered, nor that anything I have to say about what I used to do means anything…

For what it's worth.. to answer the question:
In the beginning it was anything crispy and slabby.
Then it was anything vertical and crimpy.
The it was anything with pockets.
And ended with outdoor multi-pitch solos, and indoor plastic yankin.

Holy Sh#t Edit:
Thin finger cracks too, which is weird because I have fat digits. Go figure.

I forgot to mention the constant love of the crack. How, in the right crack I felt like I could go for days. The good cracks never seemed long enough.
The Warbler

the edge of America
Nov 15, 2012 - 09:50pm PT
Ground up first ascent face climbing, followed by ground up first ascent long free routes, then first ascents of steep sport routes including carefully placing power drilled stainless anchors.

Offwidth is last on my list because I like to see what my feet are doing when I climb, and I like to move around in the air, rather than wiggle up a crack - sorry guys don't take it personal. Plus the gear's so damn clunky.

For some guys wide's a fetish, for me it's just fetid.

Give me the open face with perfect rock and a wild variety of features, thank you.

Nov 15, 2012 - 09:51pm PT
With some good friends.
Captain...or Skully

Nov 15, 2012 - 09:53pm PT
Don't pose a question if you don't like the answer.
It's ALL good, twerp.;-)
lars johansen

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Nov 15, 2012 - 10:01pm PT
Credit: lars johansen

Are we having fun yet?


Trad climber
Sun Coast B.C.
Nov 15, 2012 - 10:03pm PT

Big Wall climber
san jose, ca
Nov 15, 2012 - 10:05pm PT
Skully nailed it!

But to narrow it down I like climbing granite rocks with cracks in them!

4 more weeks of school until winter break....I'm going crazy!!!!!!! Then one more semester and then my ass is moving to the valley so instead of just thing about climbing all the time, I can climb all the time!!!

El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Nov 15, 2012 - 10:15pm PT
hey misterE.
Kind of hard to nail it down for me.

I'm with you on finger cracks and aretes, though.

Trad climber
the crowd MUST BE MOCKED...Mocked I tell you.
Nov 15, 2012 - 10:32pm PT
Favorite - well featured slabs, knobs, cobbles, pockets. Aesthetically fun movement without the stress. FA of said type is the best!

Trad climber
Nov 15, 2012 - 10:36pm PT
pretty good stuff
Eliza and Sue on the rostrum
Eliza and Sue on the rostrum
Credit: mctwisted

Trad climber
Toshi's Station, picking up power converters.
Nov 15, 2012 - 10:44pm PT
I am constantly on the search for the most fun 5.2d r/x on the planet.I mean seriously, who hunts for that kind of glorious FA? of course, I might need to actually travel. Or maybe climb. Jordan looks fun.


Trad climber
Fumbling towards stone
Nov 15, 2012 - 10:44pm PT
Let's see... definitely cracks... fist to hands. Chimneys, and easy OW (does that exist??? Ha ha!). Learning to make friends with face and slowly improving. Aretes and ridges, fer sure. But I like it all in general... sport, bouldering, plastic. All in it's context... and my given context at the time!

Then there are solid snow climbs when you know what lies underneath is tortuous scree and talus!


The Desert Oven
Nov 15, 2012 - 10:48pm PT
It is all good when shared with friends and family! Being in a beautiful place and sharing an experience with people you like is at least 1/2 of the fun of climbing for me.

That being said, I usually prefer plugging gear in cracks over clipping bolts, and prefer almost anything over runout friction slabs. I am just beginning to develop a fetish for the wide to go along with my crack addiction, so I would be remiss to leave out OW climbing from my list of favorites.

Gym climber
Nov 15, 2012 - 11:16pm PT
slabs, edges, & overhanging hands.
Andrew Barnes

Ice climber
Albany, NY
Nov 16, 2012 - 01:16am PT
Isn't there anyone who likes pulling on gear (aka aid climbing)? C'mon, be honest.

Pulling on gear is like an illicit pleasure - many like it, but few admit it.

Big Wall climber
san jose, ca
Nov 16, 2012 - 01:18am PT
heck I like aid climbing! especially when it's to get up something really big!

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Nov 16, 2012 - 01:19am PT
Sport climbing, 'cause I like being a pussy...

Credit: Reilly

Uh, I guess I meant sporty.

Boulder climber
member since 2002
Nov 16, 2012 - 01:20am PT
always been partial to slabs

A long way from where I started
Nov 16, 2012 - 01:22am PT
Finest kind of climbing
Finest kind of climbing
Credit: Ghost's favorite ice partner, Fred Seyffert

Nov 16, 2012 - 01:42am PT
My preference is wall climbing.


Mountain climber
Olympia, WA
Nov 16, 2012 - 01:52am PT
Old school Class 3 in the Sierra, like Cathedral Peak (and summit block). Or, like Ritter-Banner traverse. Destination oriented with little or no gear. Where I usually go, if I need a rope, I'm off route.

Sport climber
The Big Wide Open Face
Nov 16, 2012 - 02:35am PT
Face climbing - on sight, ground up, new routs, big scale. Great for high voltage out on the lead while your homies down at the belay talk smack about you not running the rope out sufficiently to "keep the fluff off."

Those were high times and I wish I had done more of it.


Technically expert, safe belayer, can lead if easy
Nov 16, 2012 - 02:44am PT
Splitter 5.10 hand cracks.

Or funky, loose alpine schwag.

Hell...it's all good.

Nov 16, 2012 - 02:59am PT
Hmmmm, tough question. Maybe some easy solos with the rising sun, followed by breakfast then maybe a few pitches of sport or a multi pitch before grabbing a late lunch, then hitting the boulders until your fingers don't bend any more is the best for me. Doing more than one discipline of climbing in a day i guess is my favorite type of climbing. Mileage climbing. Places like Squamish, Tuolumne, Jtree & red rocks where it's possible to do are my favorite to visit.

Rock climbing & lots of it = favorite type of climbing.

from out where the anecdotes roam
Nov 16, 2012 - 06:43am PT
moving into the mystery on something previously unknown, as quality
as the famous, but with it's prospective for rediscovery left intact

edit: easily infatuated, hardly fussy ... i tell ya charlie, it's a curse!
Charlie D.

Trad climber
Western Slope, Tahoe Sierra
Nov 16, 2012 - 07:47am PT
^^^Hoo, the question wasn't about women! ;^)
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