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Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Feb 3, 2013 - 04:41pm PT
Depends. Since the cure (a crater) is worse than the disease.

The good news is that some people have lived full and satisfying lives with a climbing addiction by avoiding "the way of the gumby". Some climbers have even dabbled in gumbyism a bit and escaped unscathed,... (well OK, most of us did), but this is not advised.



But get some sling material, you don't want to be cutting up those sewn ones.

(and please, its Toker not Mr. Villain, aren't we still friends?)
LilaBiene

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 3, 2013 - 05:01pm PT
Oh, but I liked Python R so much better! :D Just yankin' yer chain a bit...

Here's a doofus question (and for anyone that considers making fun of me, I have no fear of asking stupid questions because of the alternative to NOT asking them):

What, precisely, does "sling material" mean?

Edit:

Thank you, Ben H.! ")
Ben Harland

Gym climber
Kenora, ON
Feb 3, 2013 - 06:10pm PT
Sling material = 1 inch nylon tubular webbing. It can be bought off of rolls and cut & tied into slings or whatever you like.

http://www.rei.com/product/783605/1-military-spec-tubular-webbing

Edit: I stand corrected:)
BooDawg

Social climber
Butterfly Town
Feb 3, 2013 - 07:45pm PT
"Sling material" doesn't have to be tubular; it also come as flat webbing which in some applications is better than tubular.
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Feb 3, 2013 - 08:04pm PT
Doesn't have to be 1" either.

I go through a lot of 9/16" special on rap anchors.
LilaBiene

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 3, 2013 - 08:24pm PT
Bunch'a comedians you guys are! :D



Captain...or Skully

climber
Feb 3, 2013 - 08:36pm PT
They are correct though, LilaB. I mostly use 9/16 tubular for slings,though I also have a few 1 inchers, & 1/2 for tieoffs. You won't need any of the 1/2's(for a bit, anyway).
The only stupid question is the one that you don't ask.
LilaBiene

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 23, 2013 - 10:19pm PT
Located a spot from Boston Rocks...and it's, get this, 10 mins from our apt!!! Well, I say "located"...I should say "accidentally found"... :D

Credit: LilaBiene

Credit: LilaBiene

And, yes, I'm still trying to unwind the sling material muddle.
DanaB

climber
CT
Feb 23, 2013 - 11:12pm PT
Where is that cliff?
TrundleBum

Trad climber
Las Vegas
Feb 23, 2013 - 11:20pm PT

The pic?:

Lynn Woods ?

There is tons of great granite all around the Boston area.
My Fav is all the stuff in Gloucester.
MisterE

Social climber
Feb 23, 2013 - 11:36pm PT
Glee - glad to have you. Good times...having a wedding-crasher meant the party was cool enough to crash.

Lila, I suggest starting on near-horizontal surfaces until you get used to the gear:



Apparently there's all sorts of weird rope shenanigans, helmets and hammers now.

I may have to freshen up on my skills. ;)


Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Feb 24, 2013 - 02:11am PT
Where is that cliff?

Hammond Pond, in Newton, MA.
http://www.mountainproject.com/v/lower-walls/105908252

Careful - it's pretty slippery!
The rope will be handy when it's warm enough to climb. :-)

The last time I was there (way back in the day), it was with a bunch of fellow students, and I set up the ropes. But there was this one cute girl with long black hair who just started soloing up one of the faces, simply unaware of how slick it was and how quickly you can pop off. I noticed one of the strapping young lads was watching her incredulously as well. I just told him, "Go stand below her and catch her when she falls." He walked over, put his arms out, and shortly after she plunged and he caught her like it was nothing!
One of those great moments in climbing that you just can't script.
crunch

Social climber
CO
Feb 24, 2013 - 03:52am PT
Hey Lila,

So, the original Boston Rocks came with a companion volume, Boston Rolls.

Did you get a copy?

Kind of a classic. Tons of cool info on routes not included in Boston Rocks....

Like this, which would be a fine endeavor for putting all that new gear to good use:

Credit: nobody

DanaB

climber
CT
Feb 24, 2013 - 09:04am PT
I thought that was Hammond Pond, but I wasn't sure. I did a fair amount of climbing there when I lived in Melrose and malden.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Feb 24, 2013 - 10:43am PT
West Coast Sunday morning hello, Audrey!

I hadn't seen this post until just today.

You and Muppet got that old 9 all untangled. Welcome to the spaghetti club! You know I got that from Ron Skelton via Mark Tuttle. I think Ron got it from Pettigrew who got it from Bridwell. :)

It hasn't quite got the history your Dad's rope has, but you'll make some of your own using it, I hope.

Your journey's just beginning, you know, so don't use up all your curses yet. You have a unique spot in our sport, a person being coached by some of the best in the business. I hope that the advice which you receive is taken and used by lots of others who may read these pages seeking knowledge and inspiration. It's one very good reason for the Taco's being, after all.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BfCqsPP3-yc
Here's a song for you, since you love the Shire. It's travelling music-- and we all want to visit and climb and pick up litter with you again when the stars conjoin in that manner...

Don't start buildering, dear. You are an officer of the court, for gosh sakes! HA!


LilaBiene

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 24, 2013 - 03:42pm PT
HA!!! LMAO!!! MisterE, that skit is hilarious!!! Going to have to bookmark it. After I watch it again. ;D

Clint: Thanks for the head's up about the terrain. I'm fairly wary of NE rock generally having spent much of my time during summers growing up entertaining myself on rocks above & below the tide line. It's one thing to lose your balance on such rocks, but an entirely different story when your landing involves barnacles.

Crusher: Unfortunately, there was no companion book to my edition. But that looks like a total hoot! ") I confess that I look at buildings and overpasses, etc. in a whole new way...even the muppet calls out from the back seat whenever she spies a nice, big rock! I'll have to do some digging to see if I can find a copy somewhere. When I bought the book originally, it created a problem because it didn't have a price marked -- well, I wasn't going to leave without buying the ONE thing I went in to buy in the first place (lest my excuse for stopping in go "pouf"!).

As for Hammond Pond, I'm not so sure I'd call it a "cliff", but that's probably just as well. This time of year I'd want to ski it, anyway. Sigh. We have a baaaaad case of cabin fever. Spotting the rocks yesterday was a nice boost. I guess it's as good a time as any to investigate this so-called "sling material"...or maybe we'll head out to see if we can find some rocks in Miss Peabody's woods... :D
LilaBiene

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 2, 2013 - 04:14pm PT
Birthday spoils from the &#40;if reluctant&#41; hubby "&#41;
Birthday spoils from the (if reluctant) hubby ")
Credit: LilaBiene

Fascinated by my new nifty cam...not so sure about this tubular sling material though. Seems awfully slippery. ;D

Edit: will have to fix photo when I get home - phone clearly not cooperating.
rgold

Trad climber
Poughkeepsie, NY
Mar 2, 2013 - 05:12pm PT
Probably a few Old Timers (i.e., Vulgarians, even though they are from NYC, THE HORROR!!) that met/knew your Dad... & would love to meet you....

Locally, we still have myself, Claude Suhl, Dick Williams, and Al DeMaria from the VMC, all of us still climbing even if none of us live in NYC anymore. A few more retired-from-climbing Vulgarians are scattered about nearby, Art Gran, Dave Craft, Roman Sadowy to mention three. All of us were contemporaries of Dolt, but I don't know if any of us knew him personally. I didn't, but I owned a few of his marvelous pitons, which were so gorgeously crafted it seemed criminal to abuse them by actually driving them into the rock. They abide, in pristine condition, somewhere deep in the cluttered recesses of my attic.

If you come down to the Gunks, pm me and I could try to gather a few of the old folks for a meeting, or we could all go out for some climbing if you'd like---scratch up some of that shiny gear you got there.
LilaBiene

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 2, 2013 - 09:07pm PT
rgold: Most awesome of you. I will get some more climbing experience and be in touch!

All I can say is thank freaking God for this book. Finally.
All I can say is thank freaking God for this book. Finally.
Credit: LilaBiene
LilaBiene

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 28, 2013 - 08:42pm PT
Beautiful day in Beatown today...we went for a short hike in Miss Peabody's woods. Found a single fabulous boulder with all kinds of problems to solve without getting too far off of the ground.

Goofy
Goofy
Credit: LilaBiene

My penance for derailing the hike to scramble up the rock...

Hard labor for straying from the mission...
Hard labor for straying from the mission...
Credit: LilaBiene

Totally worth it. :D
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