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Gym climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 3, 2013 - 07:17pm PT
its okay guys have your fun.

Trad climber
Jan 3, 2013 - 07:17pm PT
This spring we ought to get together and put that route up.



Trad climber
lost, far away from Poland
Jan 3, 2013 - 07:23pm PT
I would start with this:

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The Granite State.
Jan 3, 2013 - 07:29pm PT
I hope the OP has a thick skin and a good sense of humor. I'd be stoked if he or she checked in and let us know how it's going. Start a thread and you'll get good answers, mostly. Some people will give you sh#t, but it's easy to separate the wheat from the chaff.

Trad climber
lost, far away from Poland
Jan 3, 2013 - 07:41pm PT
Brandon, whom are you calling wheat?

Gym climber
South of Heaven
Jan 3, 2013 - 07:41pm PT

Trad climber
Jan 3, 2013 - 07:43pm PT

a bit of a hike...

But not real bad...

I'm in.

I assume based on the thread they are sport climbs. Or bolted trad lines...


Trad climber
lost, far away from Poland
Jan 3, 2013 - 07:45pm PT
Mechrist, don't tell my wife!

Social climber
Joshua Tree
Jan 3, 2013 - 07:49pm PT
I'd say get yourself a copy of this book+dvd:

Pretty well done. The best all-in-one gathering of sport climbing practices and tactics for working/redpointing routes that I've seen.


Boulder climber
Somewhere on 395
Jan 3, 2013 - 07:50pm PT
Isn't "sport climbing is neither" a circa 1984 Vermism?

actually, I think you can attribute that remark to one Jim Bridwell.

Bridwell also opined that sport climbing was like a one night stand. Lots of fun, but no commitment.

I like sport climbing. at my age, I am becoming more risk averse

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Jan 3, 2013 - 08:16pm PT
Reed, in all honesty, don't limit yourself to craggin. Find yourself a trad partner who has a rack, and follow him/her up as many routes as you can. Learning to clean gear, is the best way to learn how to place it.

Once you can follow trad lines, go back and try and lead those same routes. You will have the benefit of knowing where the rests are, and will gain valuable insight into all-around climbing.

"Sport" climbing will help get you fit.....trad climbing will help get you smart.....and keep you humble.


Trad climber
Mountain View, CA
Jan 3, 2013 - 08:22pm PT
The quote "Sport Climbing is neither" comes from Mark Wilford who also had some bumper stickers made up with the same quote.

Jan 3, 2013 - 09:30pm PT
Cragging can be any type of climbing where you go up and lower off, and repeat, ad nauseum.

Sport climbing is where one clips bolts, relatively closely spaced, as to try and make it safe enough so that one need focus mostly on the moves.

Only trad climbing, while too much fun, unless you are naturally gifted, will only lead to small gains in difficulty although the adventures you will have will be off the charts compared to 'sport cragging'.

Sport climbing/ cragging will not only keep you fit, but you will get strong, and then you can apply that strength and experience whipping to climbing easier hard trad climbs. You will be so strong that you will be less scared to do difficult moves above your gear on those easier hard trad climbs.

Other athletes would call this 'cross training', both are rewarding in their own rite and benefit each other.

Bouldering is the basis for difficult climbing of any type.

A climber would climb any thing, any style, any day!

Have fun CLIMBING!


Trad climber
South Lake Tahoe
Jan 4, 2013 - 02:43am PT
LOL... you guys are funny. Was it Confucius who said "If one want's to make sport climbing more sporty .. one should put up sport climbs with the implicit intent that "for whom all that follow" ...he he he.. bring your own hangers" ...
But then again ... I can't talk .. I can't even climb anymore.

Trad climber
Joshua Tree
Jan 4, 2013 - 10:02am PT
Sport climbing is easy to learn. Just grab the quickdraw, pull up on the rope, then repeat. After a 100 or so tries you might actually try to climb the route with the gear pre-clipped.

Sport climbing is a great training tool, but should not be confused with climbing

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Jan 4, 2013 - 10:06am PT
^Scole nails it.
can't say

Social climber
Pasadena CA
Jan 4, 2013 - 10:21am PT
Both John Long and Lynn Hill got injured sport climbing. Heck they both could have died. Sport climbing breeds complacency under the guise of it being low risk.

Trad climber
4 Corners Area
Jan 4, 2013 - 10:25am PT

Pushing your limits "sport" climbing (or bouldering)will improve your "trad" climbing abilities. Period.
The reverse is also true.

Frankly, I think many on here are limiting themselves by being naysayers.
"I don't sport climb"
"I don't trad climb"
"I don't climb indoors"
"I don't climb outdoors"
"Aid climbing is not real climbing"
"I only aid climb"
"Bouldering is stupid"
"Toproping is stupid"


Get over yourselves and your categories already. I'm sick of this anti-everything BS.

Become a well rounded climber. If you pursue bouldering and sport climbing diligently, I guarantee you will bump trad climbing abilities to the next level. You will be stronger, more confident, your movement will be more efficient, you will start to see options you would not have recognized before. And, again, it works both ways. Seems like it should be obvious.


Gym climber
sawatch choss
Jan 4, 2013 - 12:22pm PT
"The way I learned is the only way for everyone, anywhere, ever. Hip belays, 50m ropes, four scrounged hexes, blahbaddy f*#king blah.........


Jan 4, 2013 - 12:39pm PT
Sport climbing probably does suck if you climb 5.9
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