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Vegasclimber

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
Topic Author's Original Post - Feb 21, 2013 - 01:12pm PT
This is usually good for a few funny responses. Did a search and couldn't find a thread, so here goes! If I missed a previous thread, my bad.

*Your gear is worth more then your car (Or in my case, more then 3 of mine)
*When someone mentions crack, you are thinking Indian Creek, not drugs
*You wonder what the rock facade of your office building goes at
*You can't understand why people don't know what cams or stoppers are
*You choose your honeymoon based on what climbing is available
*Your car is covered in dig-me stickers (I have been told this is a good way to alert LEOs to the presence of marijuana in your vehicle)

Don't take this one too seriously and have fun!
karodrinker

Trad climber
San Jose, CA
Feb 21, 2013 - 01:13pm PT
The fact that I even bother to read the junk on this site is evidence enough.
Todd Eastman

climber
Bellingham, WA
Feb 21, 2013 - 01:20pm PT
... that you actually go climbing rather than post at the Taco...
Levy

Big Wall climber
So Cal
Feb 21, 2013 - 01:22pm PT
You plan climbing trips with more care & forethought than events with your family or significant other.

You lie or fib about if you went climbing. " ..but I have not climbed for weeks,you gotta let me go"

You avoid visits to places that offer no climbing. " I am not going to Kansas to visit your sister unless we stop in Boulder on the way."

You choose places to visit if they offer some climbing. "So your aunt lives in Bend, Oregon? Let's go visit her sometime."
Michelle

Social climber
Toshi's Station, picking up power converters.
Feb 21, 2013 - 01:33pm PT
You're getting a hip replacement, rather than tolerate the pain, so you can climb again.

kingpin

climber
methdeathsto ca
Feb 21, 2013 - 01:40pm PT
You can't walk past a crack in a sidewalk or wall without wondering what size stopper or cam would fit it.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Feb 21, 2013 - 01:42pm PT
if you look at yur fifteen yr old rope and say,,, awwwwwits still GUD, and go climbing.
locker

Social climber
FukUville
Feb 21, 2013 - 01:44pm PT


A TRUE sign of "Climbing Addiction" (Psychologically speaking) is if you get irritable/pissed on your off days...

At least in my opinion...

;-)

Spanky

Social climber
boulder co
Feb 21, 2013 - 01:46pm PT
1. everything is your house is messy except your climbing gear

2. you use the word splitter in everyday conversation

3. The following sentence makes sense

I was totally runout over a number 4 rp and I was getting pumped so I gunned it for the chains but I didn't make it and took the whipper.

4. it seems like fun to poop in a plastic bag for several days
this just in

climber
north fork
Feb 21, 2013 - 01:47pm PT

So anyone still say they are addicted to climbing?
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
the crowd MUST BE MOCKED...Mocked I tell you.
Feb 21, 2013 - 01:48pm PT
These aren't jokes people. They are facts of life.


lol!


You buy your vehicle type solely because you know you will need 4x4 to get to some of the best climbing you have done in your life!
matty

Trad climber
under the sea
Feb 21, 2013 - 02:28pm PT
pretty simple...

you're addicted if you constantly think about it even if you are trying to do something else.
ydpl8s

Trad climber
Santa Monica, California
Feb 21, 2013 - 02:34pm PT
No matter what you are explaining about to someone; business, your love life, your family, politics, thought processes, you Always use a climbing metaphor.

Edit: "It's like when your standing at the crux and you have to make the decision to take the time to put in a good piece or just move past it"
JEleazarian

Trad climber
Fresno CA
Feb 21, 2013 - 02:38pm PT
1. everything is your house is messy except your climbing gear

I resemble that remark!

You have a magazine with a fold-out picture of the Salathe Wall on the left, and a fold-out of an exceedingly sexually attractive person [is this inclusive enough for the politically correct?] on the right, and you can't take your eyes off the picture on the left.

Well, maybe that just means you've gotten old.

John
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Feb 21, 2013 - 02:50pm PT
The clinking of racking gear....ah...well.... It just makes you "sweaty"

Susan
Norwegian

Trad climber
the tip of god's middle finger
Feb 21, 2013 - 02:50pm PT
fornicating with your wife,
you match hands for the transition
into the rowdy-cowboy-lasso-the-orgasm-mode,
always maintaining
one point of paw contact.
ontheedgeandscaredtodeath

Social climber
SLO, Ca
Feb 21, 2013 - 02:53pm PT
You can't fornicate with your wife....
mucci

Trad climber
The pitch of Bagalaar above you
Feb 21, 2013 - 02:55pm PT
Your non climbing significant other can sling gear beta with the best.
Vegasclimber

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 21, 2013 - 02:57pm PT
Good stuff so far! A few more:

*You get a new ledge, and test it out by hanging it off your 3rd floor balcony and have lunch on it with your S.O. (My neighbors actually loved this)
*You are overdue for new glasses and buy a new set of offsets instead
*Your office decorations are all climbing related
Chaz

Trad climber
greater Boss Angeles area
Feb 21, 2013 - 02:58pm PT
Do you ever climb alone?

Do you ever climb before noon?

Do you ever climb during the week?

Has work ever interfered with your climbing?

Do you feel powerless to stop?
'Pass the Pitons' Pete

Big Wall climber
like Ontario, Canada, eh?
Feb 21, 2013 - 03:20pm PT
Everything you own - and I mean EVERYTHING - has a clip-in loop attached.

You can make an Anything into a Big Wall Anything by simply adding a clip-in loop:

 big wall sleeping bag
 big wall bivi sack
 big wall coffee press
 big wall ghetto blaster
 big wall microwave oven
Vegasclimber

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 21, 2013 - 04:59pm PT
Uh oh, post shrinkage!

Those were good posts, too :(
snowhazed

Trad climber
Oaksterdam, CA
Feb 21, 2013 - 05:26pm PT
Climbing is one thing. What about BINGE climbing????
Anastasia

climber
Home
Feb 21, 2013 - 05:32pm PT
You discuss better ways to hang up a stove. You bought climbing shoes for your son before he was even born. You got married because she owns a really nice rack, and it isn't boobs.
Vegasclimber

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 21, 2013 - 06:52pm PT
You got married because she owns a really nice rack, and it isn't boobs.

Made me flashback to one of my climbing partners who was a dancer at Crazy Horse and..Vegasized..

Wasn't thinking and honestly, innocently asked if I could hang my nuts on her rack (I didn't need them that pitch)

Facepalm....

Good posts so far!
Alexey

climber
climber, San Jose, CA
Feb 21, 2013 - 07:01pm PT
it was a good tread about climbing dreams, but I can not find it.
Anyway, climbing dreams is important symptom of addiction
Roots

Mountain climber
SoCal
Feb 21, 2013 - 07:06pm PT
You walk off some sufferfest and swear you're DONE! Done climbing forever...get back home, take a shower and start thinking about the next trip...
GDavis

Social climber
SOL CAL
Feb 21, 2013 - 07:38pm PT
You are going to spend the next 6 months living like a vagrant to chase the cold weather, which just so happens to be in the meth-ier areas. oh, and you skipped out on college/good relationships/security so you can fail on routes that were put up before you were born.

yup, I'm looking kinda dumb these days : /
GDavis

Social climber
SOL CAL
Feb 21, 2013 - 07:38pm PT
choosing gas money over groceries... I like that one particularly.
hooblie

climber
from out where the anecdotes roam
Feb 21, 2013 - 08:15pm PT
if you must know what route is being pantomimed by that monkey across the lot.

... and your companion languishes while you approach for confirmation,
thereafter bearing witness to a sumo session of beta exchange
Crackslayer

Trad climber
Eldo
Feb 21, 2013 - 08:15pm PT
Dumb thread. Like being on a climbing forum isn't evidence enough that you are addicted to climbing.
GDavis

Social climber
SOL CAL
Feb 21, 2013 - 08:17pm PT
LEB....
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Feb 21, 2013 - 09:20pm PT
Nah.
I'm not ADDICTED to climbing!



Edit: I Wonder why my hand are SWEATING so bad
while reading this thread?
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Feb 21, 2013 - 10:56pm PT
I an quit climbing any time I choose.

Just like a lot of Taco posters did hahahahahahahahahahahahahah!

Hahahah!

Haha!

HAH!

DMT

ps. really I can.
Vegasclimber

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 22, 2013 - 12:33am PT
Hmmmm...I call bullspit, Dingus. Lol.
surfstar

climber
Santa Barbara, CA
Feb 22, 2013 - 01:57am PT
This is your brain on climbing

TomCochrane

Trad climber
Santa Cruz Mountains and Monterey Bay
Feb 22, 2013 - 02:21am PT
you get together with a fantastic new girl friend, and the first thing your friends all ask her is whether she likes to rock climb (if the answer is 'no', they roll their eyes knowingly)
Wen

Trad climber
Bend, OR
Feb 22, 2013 - 02:30am PT
You hang your Xmas stockings with offset nuts.
BooYah

Social climber
Ely, Nv
Feb 22, 2013 - 02:54am PT
Shut up & tie in. On belay, you poor bastard.
Tell me it ain't ever so.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Feb 22, 2013 - 04:21am PT
You literally just stepped off a plane from a killer road trip, aren't even home yet, and want to go back already.

Your significant other gives you sh!t because you spend more time posting to your live trip report than replying to her love notes on Facebook.............................

Fvck....

Plaidman

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Feb 22, 2013 - 10:04am PT
Addicted is not even close to describe what I got. Doc says I'm terminal.

Here is an example. I got married on Beacon Rock. Dragged my kids to the top to witness it. The guy that married us was a climber and my close friends that are all climbers were there too. Got married in a kilt... of course!
But what my wife and partner in climb didn't know, was that she was marrying the rock.
Credit: Plaidman
TimH

Trad climber
Feb 22, 2013 - 10:27am PT
Your non-climbing significant other has spent so much time sitting at the base of various crags that she can give out route beta.

You can't walk past a stone building without scoping out lines.

You take the stairs in a high-rise just to train for your next trip.

You owm more pairs of climbing shoes than regular shoes.

You see a special on PBS about Dick Schockley...and are upset when it doesn't have any climbing.
'Pass the Pitons' Pete

Big Wall climber
like Ontario, Canada, eh?
Feb 22, 2013 - 11:23am PT
Here's the one that made me laugh the loudest:

"Oh, and you skipped out on college/good relationships/security so you can fail on routes that were put up before you were born."

Bwah-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!!!

Which just goes to show, we can all be addicts, but still not be that good!
this just in

climber
north fork
Feb 22, 2013 - 12:19pm PT
Your significant other gives you sh!t because you spend more time posting to your live trip report than replying to her love notes on Facebook.............................

Busted.
Seamstress

Trad climber
Yacolt, WA
Feb 22, 2013 - 02:21pm PT
Your wedding invitation includes "wear comfortable shoes" and allows people to rappel in for the ceremony or bring your clients.

You plan your wedding to occur late in the day so that you can get a full day of climbing in.

You go climbing before your wedding.

Your chef is a climbing partner and takes a week's lodging at the site in return for cooking for your reception.

Your entertainment for the reception is one of your favortie climbing guides.

Your honeymoon is a climbing trip.

You plan a big adventure while you are pregnant in case child rearing may impinge upon future trips.

You send your kids to overnight summer camp so you can continue to take trips.

You no longer have painted finger nails - too much upkeep.

You keep your climbing gear in your car year round just in case you can climb.

Your baby shouts the beta for routes at your home crag.

You have "granite" climbing shoes, edging shoes, comfy shoes, approach shoes, under 5.10 shoes, gym climbing shoes, more climbing shoes than Imelda Marcos has shoes.

You have guide books to areas you have never visited.

You have 5 guidebooks to the same area because there might be different routes or different beta in them.

You remember life events based on a climbing timeline. My mom entered the hospital with terminal cancer while I was in Yosemite and on the day that the rockfall on Glacier Point killed a man on the Apron.

You can reel off the technical specifications for aliens versus mater cams, but you have no idea how to use the latest techno gizmo your nephew has.

You plan family reunions to justify climbing trips.

Your list of signs that you may be addicted to climbing is longer than mine.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Feb 22, 2013 - 03:08pm PT
Busted.

Yup. And done. I'm over it. Not climbing of course!!
Vegasclimber

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 22, 2013 - 03:21pm PT
NICE one Seamstress!

I resemble many of those (not the child birthing ones of course) but I had to laugh at the wedding ones. (We are getting married in Zion.)

I can just see Plaid in that picture saying "Hang on a minute, Im'a update my status on Facebook and the Taco...."

Great lists! Love the posts so far.
this just in

climber
north fork
Feb 22, 2013 - 03:44pm PT
Out of all the things to get in trouble for in Vegas, it's supertopo. Yup addicted. I give my girl sh#t for being on facebook, she gets me for being on "Super Facebook" AKA the taco.
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Feb 22, 2013 - 05:25pm PT
After looking at all the, SIGNS, posted, and I fit almost all of them,
Maybe I am, ADDICTED.

Looks like I am going to have to sign up for, C A Meetings.
(Climbers Anonomous)

I wonder if you can overdose from too much climbing?
Snowmassguy

Trad climber
Calirado
Feb 22, 2013 - 05:37pm PT
The stack of toilet literature in your bathroom is 100% climbing related.
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Feb 22, 2013 - 05:42pm PT
^^^^^
Uh Oh...
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Feb 22, 2013 - 06:41pm PT
Live Tr's are my thing! Ya I'm addicted but come on... Tired of being the bad guy...
Alexey

climber
San Jose, CA
Feb 22, 2013 - 07:04pm PT
I remember the story - someone climbed Rostrum in the morning before 4 pm his own wedding at the Chappell in the Valley.
Roots

Mountain climber
SoCal
Feb 22, 2013 - 07:52pm PT
Thought of this on the way home from work yesterday:

Convincing the soon to be wife that seeing how we climb, we don't want traditional metal wedding bands....

pic taken 10 years after we had these done.
pic taken 10 years after we had these done.
Credit: Roots
Seamstress

Trad climber
Yacolt, WA
Feb 22, 2013 - 08:39pm PT
I climbed Black Lung at Cathedral Ledge the day of my wedding - barely had time to shower before the 4:00 PM ceremony at Cathedral Roof.

I led RecomBeast for the first time on my first Anniversary.

For Christmas, my husband gave me 20 quickdraws AND he was not in any trouble for that gift choice.

We take climbing gear on on ski vacation to Whistler in case we get good weather.

I let my father sleep in and set him up with a green fees to golf so I could sneak away for a climb on a family trip to Yosemite.

You have a 25 year collection of climbing magazines - all the rags - and have not been able to toss a single one.

Go on a business trip to Tuscon and elect not to join the boys for all expenses paid golfing - go climbing instead.

Stop to get in a couple of pitches before picking up family at the airport - you might not be able to climb for days!!

Your office is decorated with extreme ironing and pictures of men climbing (mountaineering) in dresses.

You treat your rope with more respect than your "delicate" laundry.

Have hands that look 90 years old.

Wear pants or opaque hosiery to hide bruises from the weekend's exploits.
harryhotdog

Social climber
north vancouver, B.C.
Feb 23, 2013 - 12:42am PT
You sneek out of the house a 6am to get your wife a fancy coffee. You bring it back, hand it to her when she's half asleep and tell her then that you are going climbing with Big Mike and will be back early knowing full well that yesterday when it was raining was your official climbing day. You then feel confident that everything is ok because she gave you a big smile even though she was asleep. Then it's off to climb and deal with the repercussions later.
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Feb 23, 2013 - 12:53am PT
I climbed Lucky Streaks on the day my daughter was born, literally.

DMT
MisterE

Social climber
Feb 23, 2013 - 12:56am PT
When you start looking for cams smaller than the #00 TCU.
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Feb 23, 2013 - 01:00am PT
Sure sign of major addiction.....you find yourself spending less and less time posting on ST, you know it's wrong, but, damn, you can't help yourself.
moosedrool

Trad climber
lost, far away from Poland
Feb 23, 2013 - 01:10am PT
After bad injury you go climbing before you are able to walk.
ladyscarlett

Trad climber
SF Bay Area, California
Feb 23, 2013 - 01:13am PT
When my friends see me after a weekend and tell me

"Yeahhh! You musta gone gone climbing and gotten really high up!

Cause you NEVER glow like THAT after a good sex weekend!"

HAHAHAHA

I dunno, I argue that I'm safely within the bounds of infatuation...

so THERE!

hehehe

cheers

LS
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