Golfing and Climbing - complimentary pursuits?


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Trad climber
Costa Mesa, CA
Topic Author's Original Post - Nov 1, 2013 - 04:39am PT
Am I the only golfer who climbs (or is climber who golfs)? haha
john hansen

Nov 1, 2013 - 05:34am PT
It is pretty hard to die playing golf.

Nov 1, 2013 - 06:03am PT
Wade Icey

Trad climber
Nov 1, 2013 - 06:43am PT
big fan of Alpine meadow golf in a thunderstorm...yes

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Nov 1, 2013 - 07:50am PT
I played a round with Bachar....he was pretty obsessed by it for a while.

Trad climber
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Nov 1, 2013 - 07:56am PT
Well, my partner today was wearing some old ass thrift store collared shirt that probably saw a golf course in its earlier years.

I've told others that slow climbing (behind slow teams) is worse than slow golf.
Now there are a couple foggy connections.

Trad climber
the pitch above you
Nov 1, 2013 - 08:00am PT
50 bucks says that Weld-It kid picks his nose.
Charlie D.

Trad climber
Western Slope, Tahoe Sierra
Nov 1, 2013 - 08:15am PT
Complimentary, don't think so but maybe they're more similar than we think, Climbing the same route over and over sticking your finger, hand or fist into the same slot over and over at your local crag perhaps isn't so different than knocking a ball around into the same holes over and over at your local course.

We head out to our local crag over and over, just like a golfer heading out to the course over and over. Perhaps even our motives are similar, to be outside in the fresh air with your family or friends. Certainly the after climb/golf experience can be similar as well, sans the bloody hands with salutes you've cheated death, ha!
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
U.N. Ambassador, Crackistan
Nov 1, 2013 - 08:26am PT
When you take your climbing gear and pitch it off the summit in frustration and rage, you'll get all the golfing compliments you need.

The only thing golf teaches climbers is how to politely line up to die in a thunderstorm.

Etiquette? In a knife fight?????

T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Nov 1, 2013 - 08:36am PT
Fore in golf = Rock in climbing
I've done both most my life,
more climbing in my youth, more golf now.

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Nov 1, 2013 - 09:00am PT
Is there a difference between golf and death? Esp for a climber?

Social climber
Nov 1, 2013 - 09:51am PT
I don't play golf very often, but I think that if you can get past the risk thing, there are many similarities between golf and climbing. Golf and climbing are not team sports. You rely only on your own knowledge and skills and can't blame anyone else when you don't perform up to snuff. Both golf and climbing are essentially problem solving and athletic performance combined. They're both agonizingly slow and boring to watch on TV for folks that don't participate. Like trad climbing, in golf you carry around a bunch of widgets of different sizes and shapes that need to be applied correctly in specific situations to solve specific problems - and both sports have their obsessive gear-heads. Both sports present the participant with site-specific problems. When you visit a new golf course or climbing area, you are presented with brand new problems to solve that are specific to that place. The mental aspects in both sports are absolutely critical. My favorite local climbing partner is also my favorite golfing buddy - and he totally gets it.

Kennewick wa
Nov 1, 2013 - 10:09am PT
50 bucks says that Weld-It kid picks his nose.

and 50 more says he'll eat it.

Social climber
Albuquerque, NM
Nov 1, 2013 - 10:13am PT
Both golf and climbing are essentially problem solving and athletic performance combined. figuring out how to get your fat ass up the steep obstacle.
Delhi Dog

Good Question...
Nov 1, 2013 - 10:33am PT
both are essential useless pursuits in the grand scheme of things,
both can be super fun and super frustrating
both are selfish and self-indulgent
both get you outside
both are hard to explain to those that don't partake
and in both, you can drink before, during, and after...

so yes maybe

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Nov 1, 2013 - 10:35am PT
My long game really shines on the 19th hole.
I was pretty strong in the Mountain Room too.

Gym climber
Nov 1, 2013 - 10:48am PT
I hate to say it, but since my shoulder went out, I've been golfing more than climbing.

Complimentary? No way. Golf is a game, climbing is a sport.

Folks poo-poo golf, but it's a crazy zen game and, while manicured, the courses can be beautiful (especially as the sun sets).

If I had to choose between climbing or golfing, there would be no choice.
But heck, nothing like hitting a ball 250+ yards!

Trad climber
Nevada City
Nov 1, 2013 - 11:33am PT
i prefer disc golf, myself. cheaper, cooler people, and you don't have to take advantage of the obnoxious overuse of water.
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Nov 1, 2013 - 11:37am PT
OK, I suffered through the surfing/climbing thread all these months. It is "complementary".

Trad climber
who gave up and just goes sailing now!
Nov 1, 2013 - 11:44am PT
The only good climbing joke involves golf.

What's the difference between climbing and golfing?
The golfer goes 'Whack!', 'Shit!'.
The climber goes 'Shit!', 'Whack!'.
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