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bearbnz

Trad climber
East Side, California
Topic Author's Original Post - Dec 20, 2013 - 06:10pm PT
I saw this product in the new Mountain Gear catalog, and it made me laugh, and it made me sad at the same time. When I first started climbing, ~23 years ago, climbing was kinda popular, but you could still feel a little bit 'out there' even on the moderate routes because only loonies rock climb.

Seeing a product like this out there means that climbing has become so mainstream it is practically soccer. After googling, I found that is not the only product of this type.

Time for something crazier I guess, but I can't base jump or wingsuit as I am afraid of heights. And dying.

Belaggles
Belaggles
Credit: Some image from google

Belaggles in use...
Belaggles in use...
Credit: Some image from google
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Dec 20, 2013 - 06:12pm PT
Those will be a big hit with pervs on mall escalators methinks.
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Dec 20, 2013 - 06:16pm PT
Reilly, yer on a roll tonite.LOL
Ksolem

Trad climber
Monrovia, California
Dec 20, 2013 - 06:19pm PT
And Reilly gets post of the week. LOL
RyanD

climber
Squamish
Dec 20, 2013 - 06:23pm PT
Old school is having a sore neck.

Tami

Social climber
Canada
Dec 20, 2013 - 06:23pm PT
Those will be a big hit with pervs on mall escalators methinks.


Agreed Kris. Post of the week. Genius. Hilarious. Thanks.

rSin

Trad climber
calif
Dec 20, 2013 - 06:24pm PT
the end of climbing is when kids so young they dont need those glasses to make good use of the escalator are onsighting harder problems than anyone who can sign their name on their sponsors prenuptial agreement
L

climber
California dreamin' on the farside of the world..
Dec 20, 2013 - 06:29pm PT
I saw a couple of climbers using these in Jack's Canyon a month or so ago, on some overhanging pumpfests.

It didn't look like the end of climbing to me...it looked like the end of Belayer's Neck.
Ricky D

Trad climber
Sierra Westside
Dec 20, 2013 - 06:33pm PT
Big Deal - save the money and just put your Smartphone done on the ground in front of you and turn on self camera mode. Look slightly down and watch your partner send baby send.

And if they are too boring to watch - stream some Youtube on the split screen.

Technology - ain't it great?

hooblie

climber
from out where the anecdotes roam
Dec 21, 2013 - 05:09am PT
so there you are, strapped to a backboard, c-spine immobilized. at your side are exhausted and cranky SAR types.
some dissension is brewing about route finding down a treacherous moraine.
you're praying they won't lose their grip on you atop the snowfield.

is this any time to be stuck cloud gazing?
anita514

Gym climber
Great White North
Dec 21, 2013 - 05:19am PT
this is a gym climbing thing. several people at my gym wear these fruity glasses.
then you see them outdoors... like at the Gunks......... I guess I can understand their point (saving your neck?), but I mean, isn't that part of climbing?
what's wrong with being uncomfortable from time to time? have you tried ice climbing, where you're uncomfortable from the moment you leave your car till when you get back home and your thighs are still thawing out??

I'm not a good climber/old school by any means, but whenever I see someone wearing these fruity glasses, I just roll my eyes.
quit being a pussy. and if your neck hurts so much, quit being a belay bitch.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Dec 21, 2013 - 05:20am PT
I got a pair of polarized, twent-nine jewel, deep sea/outer space-resistant belaggles to go along with my mink Chums.

but I can't wear my Ralph Lauren Brim at the same time as I wear the belaggles. I'm so glad I got them though...I had no GOOD use for that money.

As much as we like tech, this is really sicko.

All the same, I'm glad the dang teenagers won't have to deal with falling detritus (sand and moss and munge and dirt and 'shi') in their eyes! That part of old school can be ditched with no penalty.
hooblie

climber
from out where the anecdotes roam
Dec 21, 2013 - 05:35am PT
these are not my people. my people have vaurnets ... and folding lounge chairs
rSin

Trad climber
calif
Dec 21, 2013 - 05:36am PT
kidz thesz daye
drunk on haze

i have these dreams where
its before
and i can still look up

wild
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
U.N. Ambassador, Crackistan
Dec 21, 2013 - 06:22am PT
It was lycra that started us down the fruity path.

But this ain't no 'kids these days' product. If you search the ST archives, which ain't easy, you'll find a remarkable image of John Bachar wearing a version of these.

Its really a boomer product for us gimped up old f*#ks who've broken our necks or had our backs fused. I've insulted the hell out of my back but my false pride and dignity have prevented usages of such glasses.

But Bachar bragged about them. He dang sure was a brave fellow, witness his 4th of You Lie thread.



We're all doomed bearbnz. Try not to 'kids these days' old-man-yourself-into-an-early-grave though.

See you up at the pass this summer maybe??

DMT

DMT
bearbnz

Trad climber
East Side, California
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 21, 2013 - 07:55am PT
DMT - I hope so. Gives my boys something to look forward to, they either want to see DMT or a Chupacabra, and they have been disappointed the last few visits by seeing neither. Remarkable thread about your health issues, now we are even more hopeful to see you out there and back at it.
patrick compton

Trad climber
van
Dec 21, 2013 - 08:00am PT
first gri gris, now this atrocity.

(shakes head)

it all went south after people stopped using the hip belay
rottingjohnny

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Dec 21, 2013 - 09:54am PT
bearnbz....Was wondering why you stopped using the elevator at work...
bearbnz

Trad climber
East Side, California
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 21, 2013 - 11:13am PT
Johnny, how did you know I don't use the elevator? Oh well, the building I work in is only 2 stories tall (one of the tallest in Bridgeport, right?), and stairs are good for you. The biggest downside of these belay glasses is that I made the mistake of googling them, and now ST is putting up belay glasses ads on the sidebars and header... Joke's on me, I guess.
rottingjohnny

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Dec 21, 2013 - 11:16am PT
bearbz...I have a pair of those glasses..that's how i know you use the stairs...rj
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