I really wonder why people do this climbing thing

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survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Feb 7, 2013 - 12:14pm PT
A bit of de-tuning and recalibrating of goals may be in order for many of us.


I'm way ahead of you bro!
Credit: survival
locker

Social climber
Whitebread
Feb 7, 2013 - 12:15pm PT


^^^

QUICKLY becoming my NEW favorite post...

LOL!!!...
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Feb 7, 2013 - 12:34pm PT
Ha Ha Ha Ha
Survival is standing on top of a rock BOOB!!!
Or, should I say a PERKY Nipple?
rgold

Trad climber
Poughkeepsie, NY
Feb 7, 2013 - 05:45pm PT
a lot of us on the forum are nearing 50 years of age or a good chunk over that threshold. I believe this is a good time to reevaluate. Hand eye coordination, response time and all kinds of indicators for athletic prowess begin to wane (and have been for some time, denial will only go so far). I think we are especially prone to crashing right about this time. Our bodies if not our minds are more brittle. A bit of de-tuning and recalibrating of goals may be in order for many of us.

Some of us are a approaching twenty years past that half-century mark, and most of us have given up on denial as a viable strategy a while ago. One of the problems with detuning and recalibrating is that it requires a fully conscious effort. The mind, left to its own devices, thinks it is still issuing instructions to a 25 year-old body.

It's as if you think you're still driving that Porsche you had but in fact, while you weren't paying attention, someone swapped it out for a Dodge Dart with 250,000 miles on it. You whump down on the accelerator and...not much happens. The brakes are shot, the shocks are long gone, the head gasket is blown, and the thing can barely track around a street corner in first gear. Dude, you gotta learn how to drive this jalopy, 'cause it ain't what you're used to.

But you know what? If you got into climbing for its intrinsic appeals rather than for performance relative to others, then it's really not all that different. Some things are hard, and you try to find a way to do them. That's kind of what it was always about.

It can be a little discouraging that the twelve-year old girl on the red route a few feet away is doing things you not only can't do now, you never could have done them at any stage if you are honest with yourself. But when you go outside and the wind rustles the pine needles, the clouds scud overhead, and the rock rears up with a full helping of whatever you can handle now, modest as it may be in some other context, why then its much as it always was, and I at least am happy to have been granted the privilege of still being out there.
Don Lauria

Trad climber
Bishop, CA
Feb 7, 2013 - 06:32pm PT
I guess the reason I'm 80 years old and still climbing is that I hate falling. I can count the number of times I've taken a leader fall on one hand. There have been many times I have backed off a lead because I feared falling. I never got into Royal's "fail falling" mode. Can I still call myself a climber?
mechrist

Gym climber
South of Heaven
Feb 7, 2013 - 06:35pm PT
1 reason: chicks
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Feb 7, 2013 - 06:37pm PT
Can I still call myself a climber?


Ummm, yeah.

Dude, you get the Golden Eagle Pass...FOREVER!
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Feb 7, 2013 - 06:41pm PT
There's a MILLION ways to Die.

Pick one, or let it pick, YOU!


:)
Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Feb 7, 2013 - 08:13pm PT
RGold wrote:
It's as if you think you're still driving that Porsche you had but in fact, while you weren't paying attention, someone swapped it out for a Dodge Dart with 250,000 miles on it.
Bingo, and really funny!

And his follow-up:
But you know what? If you got into climbing for its intrinsic appeals rather than for performance relative to others, then it's really not all that different.
He shoots, he scores ... Nothin' but net!
See you at the crags!
john hansen

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 8, 2013 - 12:04am PT

You know this thread has got me thinking, next time I am on the Main Land, I might hike up to the base of Knapsack crack at the leap, and see what it looks like after all these years. It would be pretty hard to fall on that "thing". Free solo, take my time.. I could always downclimb..
Even a cripple like me could get up that thing.


I am remembering the foot work involved in climbing , and moving up in short, well thought out moves. Knowing when to rest. My mentor allways compared them to chess moves.

Over coming challanges.

Maybe I can get that Norwiegen dude to take me up Deception.. you know ,, for a few beers.

The Warbler

climber
the edge of America
Feb 8, 2013 - 12:25am PT
You can't explore properly if you can't climb
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Feb 8, 2013 - 12:43am PT
"next time I am on the Main Land, I might hike up to the base of Knapsack crack at the leap, and see what it looks like after all these years. It would be pretty hard to fall on that "thing". Free solo, take my time.. I could always downclimb.."




Geez, John;
You go from Cynical to STUPID in one Thread.

;-)
SicMic

climber
two miles from Eldorado
Feb 8, 2013 - 01:04am PT
I'd like to explain the physical and emotional rewards- how it feeds and nurtures my soul, but the weather is nice and I've got to go climbing.
john hansen

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 8, 2013 - 01:04am PT
Yes I am stupid..

This thread makes me remember the moves on the rock, and how comfortable I felt making those moves, that whole mind set.. those were good times.

I guess I am a hypocrite..
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Feb 8, 2013 - 01:09am PT
^^^^^^


LOLOL
Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Feb 8, 2013 - 11:05am PT
Oh ... meh God!
At 97 posts I finally realized.
We've been TROLLED!!!

Heh.


[And SicMic, not so fast buddy ... you still got pictures of that Rotwand Craptasm to post up for us over on the Choss thread!]
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
the crowd MUST BE MOCKED...Mocked I tell you.
Feb 28, 2013 - 02:24am PT
omg, YES Don Lauria, yes!





Tar,

Tell us more about this theory...

"I have this whacked thesis: it is that climbers have short fuses and that they sense this liability in themselves and correspondingly feel a greater sense of urgency about living deeply."

Is this characterized by an existential bent that drives the short fuse first? And thus only through climbing does the absurdity ring true when all else in the world is not as deep?

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