Signs that you may be addicted to climbing....


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'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."


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

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.............................


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
Feb 22, 2013 - 03:08pm PT

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

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.
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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.

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?

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

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

Trad climber
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...

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.

Mountain climber
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

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.

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.


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

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

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.

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!"


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




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