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mike a.

Sport climber
ca
Nov 14, 2017 - 10:43am PT
Bouldering at Jackass.
Bouldering at Jackass.
Credit: mike a.
Gunkie

Trad climber
Valles Marineris
Nov 14, 2017 - 11:19am PT
I want to be like mike a.

On another note, I was surfing @ Scripps Pier this past weekend during the combo swell. Early Sunday morning I was surfing with 'Doug' @ age 70 still rides a real shortboard and shreds. I'm 15 years his junior and he was teasing me a bit about the wide tail in my board which makes it easier to catch waves. Hey, I need all the advantages I can find these days.

Don't get injured, don't get overweight and keep moving.
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Nov 14, 2017 - 11:34am PT
I stopped active bouldering when I became serious about alpine climbing in the early 70ís. I didnít want to have to cancel a trip because of a broken ankle. Continued to do some solo climbing. The difference....youíre supposed to fall when bouldering and you canít fall while soloing.
guyman

Social climber
Moorpark, CA.
Nov 14, 2017 - 12:01pm PT
Question for GUCK.


Was at A-hills last weekend... I was introduced to Chris, ex-local Santa Barbara climber, now living in RR. Said he did a bunch of FA's in Panic Town, so maybe you know him....

A pretty amazing bunch of climbers somehow assembled at one of the spots in the Cattle Pocket... some college kids- just starting out, Chris and his crew ... 30 somethings, me and Kris Solem.. mid 60's old dogs, some middle aged folks from Lone Pine and Eric Beck and lady friend, from Bishop... both 75??? ish..we were all crushing the sportclimbs. (heck those college kids could't do all the climbs we were doing)

Our conversion got around to who is now the oldest active climber- sense Fred has passed.

Chris said that there is this really really really old guy climber living in Santa Barbara but he could not recall his name....

Question for GUCK..... Marcel Remy... is he that old guy living in SB?




Ksolem

Trad climber
Monrovia, California
Nov 14, 2017 - 12:03pm PT
youíre supposed to fall when bouldering and you canít fall while soloing.

Word.

The only broken bones I've incurred doing various types of climbing were while bouldering. A few were nasty. I'm over it.

An accomplished climber in my age group hit the nail on the head. "I do my bouldering at the front end of the rope..."
Alan Rubin

climber
Amherst,MA.
Nov 14, 2017 - 12:22pm PT
Marcel Remy is Swiss. His sons Yves and Claude, now no youngsters themselves, are responsible for many classic new routes all over Europe--and places beyond.

Here, far from the mainstream of climbing, in western Mass., Ed Daniels, who will reach 93 in March, is still getting in his weekly sessions at our local Central Rock gym, as well as occasional visits to local crag, Chapel Ledge. His partner, our former Congressman John Olver is the 'youth' at 82.
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Nov 14, 2017 - 12:27pm PT

Marcel Remy, 94, back on the summit


guyman

Social climber
Moorpark, CA.
Nov 14, 2017 - 02:17pm PT
Alan, Marlow .... thanks for the info.

A whole bunch of us are just starting to age... body wise that is.

I refuse to grow up.

EDIT: Fab Video....just watched it. The man kicked ass... I hope to be able to do that.

90 is the new 60

AP

Trad climber
Calgary
Nov 14, 2017 - 04:05pm PT
I wouldn't even think of bouldering but I am 60 with bad knees. Talking to the doc in a few weeks about a knee replacement.
jgill

Boulder climber
The high prairie of southern Colorado
Nov 14, 2017 - 06:26pm PT
Safest way to move into old-age climbing: on a rope.

Over 70 it's senseless to jump off things. Mats or no mats.

But if you think you can beat the odds, go for it.
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Nov 15, 2017 - 06:35am PT
Youíre absolutely right John. There is also diminished memory to consider but, fortunately, there is only one climbing command you need to remember......Ēup rope, Iím not moving!Ē
Gnome Ofthe Diabase

climber
Out Of Bed
Nov 15, 2017 - 06:50am PT
When easy is all you climb
Credit: Gnome Ofthe Diabase
still a tight rope close to the ground, please,

If only i could grow up: I just can not resist,
Credit: Gnome Ofthe Diabase
The urge to grasp the un-climb'd - the force is strong

ha!
Wade Icey

Trad climber
www.alohashirtrescue.com
Nov 15, 2017 - 07:33am PT
Beware the cumulative effects. They rarely affect you until they've accumulated.
PinkTaco

Mountain climber
Utah
Nov 15, 2017 - 09:26am PT
I'm in my better years now, and find that bouldering is ABSOLUTELY key to staying strong and keeping up with the younger and prettier youth. It translates directly to maintaining or pushing my standards on the sharp end.

I look forward to weekends away with just the pad and pipe. The key is to include either a van full of pads, or a posse of friends with pads. Nothing is better than having a scary exit and seeing a sea of pads below with a few young bucks in catch mode!

Bouldering with a pad is definitely an evolution and not the same beast as relying on the Dollar Store welcome mat below. It is analogous to the difference between climbing with a rope and soloing. Its an apples to oranges comparison. Sure sometimes people get hurt hitting pads, but how many get hurt hitting the old shag?

I don't see any comparison between bouldering 40 years ago and today except in its benefits. They are simply different sports. Having a sea of pads is way safer.

MH2

Boulder climber
Andy Cairns
Nov 15, 2017 - 11:14am PT
I would like the opinion of the older climbers.


I'm 68 years and 6 months.


Do not boulder if you worry about injury.


After 50 years of climbing my only real injuries happened while bouldering: a sprained ankle, a broken heel bone, and elbow tendonitis, on 3 different occasions. All outdoors, I would like to add.


Here is what I would like to know: has anyone done a bouldering traverse of the Trapps at the Gunks? Should be about 2 and a half miles total. I made it from Pink Cabbage to Maria.


still at it 14 years later





and still happily bouldering where a fall would mean major mayhem

PinkTaco

Mountain climber
Utah
Nov 15, 2017 - 12:13pm PT
Yo Brunosafari,

You are about the strongest boulderer I have ever seen.
Post some pics of that secret area you train at (sans pad).
Just to lubricate us!
PinkTaco

Mountain climber
Utah
Nov 15, 2017 - 01:10pm PT
Andy,

A bunch of us tried the Trapps traverse one time on a fall trip there in the early 80's. But I think we ran out of beer after a mile or so!
rbolton

Social climber
The home
Nov 15, 2017 - 01:43pm PT
Food offerings from the grand wazoo. A great moment no matter how many...
Food offerings from the grand wazoo. A great moment no matter how many times you experience it.
Credit: rbolton

This guy still boulders like a fiend and he's WAY old!
Ksolem

Trad climber
Monrovia, California
Nov 15, 2017 - 02:06pm PT
This guy still boulders like a fiend and he's WAY old!

Yeah but mutants don't count...
7SacredPools

Trad climber
Ontario, Canada
Nov 15, 2017 - 02:16pm PT
On the Scoop Boulder two summers ago. I'm 60 now and stick to easy stu...
On the Scoop Boulder two summers ago. I'm 60 now and stick to easy stuff, usually sans pad.
Credit: 7SacredPools
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