How do you become one of the grates?


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mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
May 4, 2013 - 03:03pm PT
So farewell—to the little free climbs that I do.
Farewell? a long farewell to all my grateness!
This is the state of man: to-day he goes forth
To awkward nailing and choss, to-morrow sublime moves,
And bears his bleeding gobies thick upon him;
The third day comes a Frost, a drilling Frost,
And when he thinks, good easy man, full surely
His grateness is a-ripening, nips his route,
And then he falls as I do.

I see.

Harding The First Act 3, scene 2, 506-512

Trad climber
May 4, 2013 - 03:05pm PT a rugby shirt.

Mountain climber
San Diego
May 4, 2013 - 03:09pm PT
responses on this one are killing me.

Well played, gents

Trad climber
the crowd MUST BE MOCKED...Mocked I tell you.
May 4, 2013 - 05:57pm PT
only post for partners or pictures to lure partners out.

Train and climb hard.

avoid expensive women

Social climber
May 4, 2013 - 05:58pm PT
Lots of good advice. Dude should be grateful....

Stair climber, lost, far away from Poland
May 4, 2013 - 06:04pm PT
you are welcome!

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
May 4, 2013 - 06:22pm PT

Pink Graitfruits are one of my favorites...

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
May 4, 2013 - 06:26pm PT
avoid expensive women

Amendment A:
Unless they also happen to be, uh, well-endowed, so to speak.

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
May 4, 2013 - 06:27pm PT



Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
May 4, 2013 - 06:43pm PT
when you find out, maybe you could get us all a gig...

Dr. F.

Big Wall climber
May 4, 2013 - 06:47pm PT
In grates??

Trad climber
SoCal Hodad, surfing the galactic plane
May 4, 2013 - 06:48pm PT
How do you become one of the grates?
Be humble...

'The greatest among you will be your servant. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.'

Somewhere out there
May 4, 2013 - 06:49pm PT
To be honest….

I haven't become one of the grates….

So I can't say what it takes to become one, but only emphasize what it does not take to become one of the grates.

Ask one of the grates.
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
May 4, 2013 - 07:44pm PT
You must attempt to solo ridiculously hard routes and arrange so that when you fall and die they put you in a simple wooden box.

You will then be one of the crates.

May 4, 2013 - 08:09pm PT
I'd study what John Bachar did. As a pup that's exactly what he said. Then he did it. He was already pretty solid when he was 16. He had to figure it out on his own, you can basically follow his training path and what worked for him.

Good luck and have fun!!!
The Warbler

the edge of America
May 4, 2013 - 08:15pm PT
Do something different than everyone else, and do it well.

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
May 4, 2013 - 10:27pm PT
Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too:
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream---and not make dreams your master;
If you can think---and not make thoughts your aim,
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same:.
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build'em up with worn-out tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings,
And never breathe a word about your loss:
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!"

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings---nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much:
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And---which is more---you'll be a Man, my son!

Stair climber, lost, far away from Poland
May 4, 2013 - 11:57pm PT
Damn, Climbski, I can't claim even half of that list.

I am just a man. And that's OK.

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
May 5, 2013 - 12:05am PT
It all sounds iffy to me.

Big Wall climber
Denver, CO
May 5, 2013 - 01:00am PT
avoid expensive women

Indeed... cheap women are best
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