Topic Author's Original Post - Mar 6, 2013 - 02:49pm PT
I'll be flying out to San Francisco and driving out to Castle Rock State Park to climb there in a few weeks. I want to avoid traveling with my crash pad on the plane and also want to avoid the expense of buying a totally new one when I get out to San Fran. Does anybody know of a place where I can rent one for the day? Any feedback would be appreciated.
All the gyms and shops around the Bay want to sell crash pads. But you may find plenty of people at CRSP with crash pads to share at any given moment given the time of day, weather and where you go. Sure you'll make do some way. Besides, lots of low little problem scattered everywhere until you can connect with a crash pad equipped group of boulderers.
Spare us the "we were bouldering for decades without [pads]" bullsh#t. If there was one at the base of a problem, you'd hit that. It isn't our fault yall were too stoopid to figure out that landing on foam > landing on the ground.
Spare us the "we were bouldering for decades without [pads]" bullsh#t. If there was one at the base of a problem, you'd hit that.
Not always. I've seen more injuries FROM crash pads than without. People landing on the edge of the pad and seriously F'ing their ankles. Perhaps that is due to the fact that most people use pads when bouldering. But without a pad, you are acutely aware of how and where you must land, and your cat reflexes are heightened. It's a toss up but for flat landings on low problems, no crash pad is what I prefer.
But without a pad, you are acutely aware of how and where you must land, and your cat reflexes are heightened. It's a toss up but for flat landings on low problems, no crash pad is what I prefer.
Slamming into the ground over and over working out a hard problem, even if it's 6 feet off the ground is a swell way to end up with joint problems down the road. Plus, if you're limiting yourself to only low problems with a flat landing, it sounds boring as hell (in my *opinion*)
I also challenge the idea that there's more injuries directly caused by using a pad that would not have happened without one. People are still generally keenly aware of where and how to land even with a pad.
Your preference is just that. Yours. Other people choose to do it another way, which does not require snide comments from the has-beens. I don't mean you specifically, as your post seems neutral enough.
While I grew up without pads I wouldn't want to boulder anymore without one. They are great! But!!!! I have seen more severe ankle breaks using pads then I ever did prior to their use. I think some of it is that noobs think they are safe if they fall from 15 feet up onto their pad and then reality strikes. But it is also caused by hitting the edge of the pad. Even so, I would not go back.
Well the OP did say "Any feedback would be appreciated."
I would say don't let lack of a pad prevent you from bouldering (just adjust the problems you attempt accordingly), but of course if you can get a pad use it.
One thing I'm surprised more people don't do is the ghetto pad. Just a piece of foam. Really cheap and light. Obviously not as good as a real dual layer pad but much better than nothing. To do it cheap find an old couch at Goodwill or craigslist and use the cushion.