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Rudder

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

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

climber
so.il
Nov 1, 2013 - 06:03am PT
No
Wade Icey

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

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.
bergbryce

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.
Rock!...oopsie.

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?????

DMT
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.
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Nov 1, 2013 - 09:00am PT
Is there a difference between golf and death? Esp for a climber?
kpinwalla2

Social climber
WA
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.
Srbphoto

climber
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.
Delhi Dog

climber
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
Reilly

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.
k-man

Gym climber
SCruz
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!
kaholatingtong

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".
G_Gnome

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!'.
Rudder

Trad climber
Costa Mesa, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 1, 2013 - 04:08pm PT
I played a round with Bachar....he was pretty obsessed by it for a while.

That's a way cool bit of trivia, there!

They're both agonizingly slow and boring to watch on TV for folks that don't participate.

Yup.

The mental aspects in both sports are absolutely critical.

A great body helps with both, but I've done okay in both whilst not being blessed at all physically. That because they are both more mental than a lot of sports. Climbing being the only sport I can think of offhand where females are just a hair behind men at the very top level. There are also a lot of 14 year old girls that will humiliate most all avid men golfers. There are not a lot of 14 year old girls than can humiliate men who are avid football and basketball players. Which is why I love the saying that golf is 90% mental with the other 10% being... mental. haha It's the same with climbing. Alex Honnold proves that all the time!

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...

Yup. lol

Golf is a game, climbing is a sport.

Or the other way around, or both games, or both sports? ha I don't know.

But heck, nothing like hitting a ball 250+ yards!

Yes, for me, highly refined and leverage-y, athletic feeling, magical, movement is way fun.

OK, I suffered through the surfing/climbing thread all these months. It is "complementary".

So, are spelling and climbing complementary pursuits? haha Or, how often are climbers complimented on their spelling? lol
Russ Walling

Social climber
from Poofters Froth, Wyoming
Nov 1, 2013 - 04:13pm PT
But heck, nothing like hitting a ball 250+ yards!

Sounds like my 8 iron. Bring it up a notch.
Magic Ed

Trad climber
Nuevo Leon, Mexico
Nov 1, 2013 - 04:21pm PT
I've always contended that the feeling in the pro golfers stomach when he's facing a long putt to win a major championship is exactly the same as the climber's who is facing a tough move 20 feet above his last piece of shaky protection. Obviously, the results of a failure to execute will be very different, but, physiologically, the feeling is the same.

I don't golf but I think it's an excellent game.

When I was a kid our Boy Scout camp was near a golf course and on the days that the course was closed the groundskeeper would let us play a round with bows and arrows.
The Call Of K2 Lou

climber
Denial State U
Nov 1, 2013 - 04:30pm PT
I can appreciate that golf can present a stimulating mental challenge. Personally though, the consequences of failing that mental challenge (writing a 5 instead of a 4 on a card) are tremendously un-stimulating.
Bulldozing a chunk of nature to make a giant lawn with a dozen-and-a-half holes in it is also a fairly horrible prospect (in my opinion).
And I don't like to tuck in my shirt. Or wear a shirt.
AP

Trad climber
Calgary
Nov 1, 2013 - 04:32pm PT
Alpine climbers should take a #1 iron with them when lightening storms are a possibility because not even God can hit a 1 iron
Timid TopRope

Social climber
'used to be Paradise, CA
Nov 1, 2013 - 04:33pm 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
, Delhi Dog

One day this summer; Delhi Dog in the morning.
One day this summer; Delhi Dog in the morning.
Credit: Timid TopRope
The public course at Truckee is good enough for us.
The public course at Truckee is good enough for us.
Credit: Timid TopRope
If you throw in fly fishing, whisky and some jamming in the evening you get an idea of a weekend with Delhi D when he's state side.
WyoRockMan

climber
Flank of the Big Horns
Nov 1, 2013 - 04:40pm PT
No water golfing (Eco-Friendly yo!), cheap fees (even for dirtbags), no crowds.

http://www.pasturegolf.com/courses/saltcreek.htm

Complimentary? Nah, just different activities for different days/situations.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Nov 1, 2013 - 05:02pm PT
Brought to you by Yosemite Village Golf Shop, WBraun, Professional.

I said SAND WEDGE, not sandwich, Stupid!  I'll play it from there beca...
I said SAND WEDGE, not sandwich, Stupid! I'll play it from there because I'm still in bounds and it's not a hazard.
Credit: mouse from merced
There was a nine-holer at the Ahwahnee years back.

They need a pitch and putt and driving range in the Valley: Teepee Tees.

"Go hit a rock."
JEleazarian

Trad climber
Fresno CA
Nov 1, 2013 - 05:16pm PT
They need a pitch and putt and driving range in the Valley: Teepee Tees.

"Go hit a rock."

They had one, that was reachable in one from the Jungle at the top of the Arches. I find them complementary (but not complimentary). The main differences:

Golf involves speed and timing more than strength and endurance; climbing requires strength and endurance more than speed;

Golf requires you to control your anger more than your fear (depending on how much is riding on that last putt); Climbing requires that you control your fear more than your anger;

Both are activities based on self-restraint and honesty;

Both have issues of speed of play and playing through on popular courses/routes;

Golf equipment costs less than climbing gear, but golf itself costs much more per round than the cost per climb.

But climbers haven't figured out how to make wagers part of the climbing game.

John

P.S.

Climbing uses three-letter words: pin, nut, cam

Golf uses four-letter words: golf, putt, club, ball, ##@!
JEleazarian

Trad climber
Fresno CA
Nov 1, 2013 - 05:30pm PT
golfng reqiures no SACCCC!!!!!!

Depends on what units you're playing for and how many presses you've got going on the 18th green.

John
Dr.Sprock

Boulder climber
I'm James Brown, Bi-atch!
Nov 1, 2013 - 05:35pm PT
both involve mainly white people,

ever see a black dude climbing the Matterhorn at Disneyland?

that ain't gonna happen,
MMCC

climber
New Zealand
Nov 1, 2013 - 06:05pm PT
My memory is hazy on this, Jerry Moffatt interviewing Ron Kauk in Climbing magazine, Ron Kauk's 40th birthday? I think. Anyway...

One to other - semi offensive observation about golf.

Other back - "hey golf's way good you potlicker"
mucci

Trad climber
The pitch of Bagalaar above you
Nov 1, 2013 - 06:28pm PT
I wish I climbed as well as I golf.

2 generations of golf professionals in my family.

I used to be a 4 handicap.

Now I play once a year and shoot around the low 80's.

I wonder what a scratch golfer is in relation to hard climbing,

Every one of the guys shooting par, at least around the clubs I frequented were in top physical shape.



Prod

Trad climber
Nov 1, 2013 - 06:42pm PT
What do you mean by complimentary? Do you mean that being proficient at one will help you be better at the other? Or do you mean they are similar activities?

Both require concentration as well as coordination, but that is about as far as I would go with it.

Russ, 250 yds with an 8 iron? Not even if you bladed it on a dried out fairway with a slight down hill runout.

Prod.
Russ Walling

Social climber
from Poofters Froth, Wyoming
Nov 1, 2013 - 06:48pm PT
Russ, 250 yds with an 8 iron? Not even if you bladed it on a dried out fairway with a slight down hill runout

Easy. Ever hear of a cart path?
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Nov 1, 2013 - 06:52pm PT
Russ/Roy losing a bet

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=vygFotutz7Y]
blahblah

Gym climber
Boulder
Nov 1, 2013 - 07:22pm PT
Every one of the guys shooting par, at least around the clubs I frequented were in top physical shape.

That's an interesting observation but you were probably wrong or, if you were right, it was just coincidence.
Take a look at the physiques of plenty of pro golfers--they're all great "athletes" but at least some definition, but "top phsical shape"? Nahhh
FRUMY

Trad climber
Bishop,CA
Nov 1, 2013 - 07:42pm PT
You can really screw you back up Golfing & that will Fvk with your climbing.

In the mid 70's I watched Reggie Jackson at a driving range I was at

The ball was still rising @ the 300 marker.

Everyone put their clubs down & watched till he left.
Curt

climber
Gold Canyon, AZ
Nov 1, 2013 - 07:50pm PT
Golf and climbing are equally difficult and equally frustrating. When climbing, I'd like a beer cart girl to come by once in a while.

Curt
k-man

Gym climber
SCruz
Nov 1, 2013 - 09:34pm PT
I will add one cool tip...


Golf shirts make GREAT climbing shirts.


They all have collars (which are great for gear slings), come in crazy colors, are designed to stretch as you flex, and are all high-tech'ed out to wick moisture and block sun. Find 'em cheap at Marshalls, you can get $75 dollar shirts for ~20 bucks.
drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Nov 1, 2013 - 09:36pm PT
Word k man.

My puma golf shirt is my sending shirt.

Edit
From Ross Dress For Less
Russ Walling

Social climber
from Poofters Froth, Wyoming
Nov 1, 2013 - 09:38pm PT
When is the SuperTopo Golf Tourney?

Who's in? Palm Springs is right down the road. Hit the links in the AM and then the V0----- boulders in the afternoon and then shitalk all night.

I think Fogerty is some sort of golf dude and can get us great rates...
sandstone conglomerate

climber
sharon conglomerate central
Nov 1, 2013 - 10:00pm PT
What a silly-ass "sport"..who decides what piece of land gets raped for such a banal pursuit?
Deekaid

climber
Nov 1, 2013 - 10:09pm PT
you can draw comparisons between anything if you stretch it far enough.
Dr.Sprock

Boulder climber
I'm James Brown, Bi-atch!
Nov 1, 2013 - 10:15pm PT
Carlin>

Iíve got just the place for low-cost housing. I have solved this problem. I know where we can build housing for the homeless: golf courses! Itís perfect! Just what we need. Plenty of good land, in nice neighborhoods, land that is currently being wasted on a meaningless, mindless activity engaged in primarily by white, well-to-do male businessmen who use the game to get together to make deals to carve this country up a little finer amongst themselves. I am getting tired, really getting tired, of these golfing c*#ks@ckers in their green pants, and their yellow pants, and their orange pants, and their precious little hats and their cute little golf carts! It is time to reclaim the golf courses from the wealthy and turn them over to the homeless! Golfing is a arrogant, elitist game which takes up entirely too much room in this country. Too much roomí in this country! It is an arrogant game on its very design alone, just the design of the game speaks of arrogance. Think of how big a golf course is Ė the ball is that f*#king big! What do these pin-headed pricks need with all that land?! There are over seventeen thousand golf courses in America, they average over one hundred and fifty acres a piece Ė thatís three million plus acres, four thousand, eight hundred and twenty square miles Ė you could build two Rhode Islands and a Delaware for the homeless on the land currently being wasted on this meaningless, mindless, arrogant, elitist, racist, thereís another thing; the only blacks youíll find at country clubs are carrying trays. And a boring game. A boring game for boring people. You ever watch golf on television? Itís like watching flies f*#k! And a mindless game, mindless. Think of the intellect it must take, to draw pleasure from this activity: hitting a ball with a crooked stick and then, walking after it! And then, hitting it again! I say pick it up as#@&%e, youíre lucky you found the f*#king thing! Put it in your pocket and go home, youíre a winner! Youíve found it! No chance of that happening. Dork-o in the plaid knickers is going to hit it again and walk some more. Let these rich c*#ks@ckers play miniature golf! Let them f*#k with a windmill for an hour and a half or so! See if thereís any real skill among these people. Now I know there are some people who play golf who donít consider themselves rich. F*#K ĎEM! And shame on them for engaging in an arrogant, elitist passtime.
Curt

climber
Gold Canyon, AZ
Nov 1, 2013 - 10:20pm PT
But I like my arrogant elitist pastime...

Curt
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Nov 1, 2013 - 10:31pm PT
-3 strokes for that marvelous screed, Doctor--I can't help it if that's the way this game works...

I'll never set foot on a putting green again!

Nor lie about my handicaps (I have two--the legit fugure and one for betting).

Smokey Bear is a golf nut, surprisingly--and you want to talk about silly hats?

Only you can prevent Lost Balls, Rong!

http://www.nbclosangeles.com/video/#!/multimedia/Bear-Jumps-Fences-Near-Golf-Course/229730651
Seamstress

Trad climber
Yacolt, WA
Nov 1, 2013 - 11:58pm PT
Hales Location and Whitehorse
Hales Location and Whitehorse
Credit: Seamstress

A lovely and logical combination. I prefer to golf first, grab some lunch, then run up the slabs. We were concerned about the golf course and houses at first, but it actually improved the parking options, shortened the approach, and provided a handy bathroom. As long as they let me through the front door in my climbing attire and on the course dressed in that same attire, it's all good.

As for golf being an elitest sport - not so fast. My teamster Dad was an avid golfer, frequenting the inexpensive courses. He retired to a dirt cheap condo in Myrtle Beach. Plenty of them for sale at $20,000.
Delhi Dog

climber
Good Question...
Nov 2, 2013 - 12:54am PT
TT
Too funny, don't forget to add in a little of the goody good :-)
Rudder

Trad climber
Costa Mesa, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 7, 2013 - 11:33pm PT
When is the SuperTopo Golf Tourney?

Who's in?

Rudder is, Russ! :)

From today, I need tape even for hitting balls, I should post that in the tape thread. haha

Seamstress

Trad climber
Yacolt, WA
Nov 7, 2013 - 11:39pm PT
The only thing worse than my climbing is my golf game. Must need newer equipment, help from a Golf Pro and Rope Gun!!
Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
Nov 7, 2013 - 11:43pm PT
I NEVER understood golf. Seems like something only climbers who have retired would do. B-o-r-i-n-g..... Gotta be the dumbest game ever.

Do something exciting in retirement instead of wasting your life playing golf. Do something exciting like SCA heavy fighting. Nothing like bashing your friends with big clubs and then drinking beer with them afterwards. Bruises and broken bones heal, but memories only fade with dementia....
Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA)
Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA)
Credit: Sierra Ledge Rat
tangen_foster

Trad climber
Hudson, Wisconsin
Nov 8, 2013 - 12:02am PT
the difference between a golfer and a climber: a golfer goes whack..."damn." a climber goes "damn"....whack.
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