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Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
Topic Author's Original Post - Aug 28, 2014 - 11:16am PT
Where do you get your motivation to climb, do a particular route etc? What makes you excited? Are you attracted to pushing yourself physically? Mentally? Like aesthetic lines? Get excited after hearing about good climbing on a clean route? Get satisfaction from being able to pull hard moves at your limit and connect the puzzle? Want to have an adventure on unknown terrain? What makes you excited about climbing rocks, ice, boulders?

Climbers on the Shield
Climbers on the Shield
Credit: Vitaliy M.
Hamik hanging out on Karma De Los Condores
Hamik hanging out on Karma De Los Condores
Credit: Vitaliy M.
Me on pitch two! Easy sticks and super fun climbing.
Me on pitch two! Easy sticks and super fun climbing.
Credit: Vitaliy M.
Cute goats around Enchantment Lakes
Cute goats around Enchantment Lakes
Credit: Vitaliy M.

I noticed that I like all kinds of climbing, but at different times I am excited about different things. Scrambling peaks in Sierra, doing long routes, short and difficult climbs, sport climbing, ice flows, some aid climbing even. At times I don't even feel like climbing, and during other times I can't stop thinking about some climb. Get a bit (OR REALLY FKING) obsessed till the point I can't go to sleep because I would be thinking about the climb. Usually I get drawn to good rock, hard climbing, aesthetic lines, adventure, trying to explore new (for me) areas. It really makes me excited when I see changes in my technique and I really like climbing with interesting people. Makes me feel alive.

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survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Aug 28, 2014 - 11:24am PT
Yo V, good post.

I have been attracted to difficulty and danger many times. (numbers?)

But almost from the beginning, for me, it has been about great lines and beautiful settings.

Just as important has been the people I chose to share the experience with. Great friends beat great climbs.















Jeremy Ross

Gym climber
Aug 28, 2014 - 11:29am PT
Good partners motivate me. This heat saps me. I know when my post count starts to climb it's because I am not climbing lately!


-JR
looks easy from here

climber
Ben Lomond, CA
Aug 28, 2014 - 11:35am PT
I like the physical and mental challenges and the scenery, but mostly I like spending time with my friends. I'm just as happy spending a day ropegunning as I am cranking at my limit.

Credit: looks easy from here
moosedrool

climber
lost, far away from Poland
Aug 28, 2014 - 11:37am PT
Challenge. The curse of my life.

Moose
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
Maestro, Ecosystem Ministry, Fatcrackistan
Aug 28, 2014 - 11:45am PT
Vitality....

Rather than plumb the archives I thought I would respond to your query with something recent.

What motivates my climbing is

The exploration of my curiosity


The chance to see life through different eyes


To foster serenity in my restless soul


And to hang with my mates. It doesn't get any better for me than this.


Thinking about what I saw


Coming back a week later with 'bad intent'


Naps are not optional!


Sending what I reckon I could send, no maps, no guidebook, no prior knowledge, walk to the base climb to the top.


Take another nap


Wash some feet.


Pretty small stuff I know but its what tickles my fancy these days.

Cheers little brother I have never met
DMT
Norwegian

Trad climber
dancin on the tip of god's middle finger
Aug 28, 2014 - 11:54am PT
f*#king always feels better
after a good day cragging.

i'm motivated by a better breeding experience.
anita514

Gym climber
Great White North
Aug 28, 2014 - 12:00pm PT
At this point just getting outside to the woods and hills is my motivation.
Soon I will be able to climb again, and it will be baby steps. Just getting onto an easy route, getting high up on a cliff, or even hiking up a trail (I hate hiking) will be my motivation. Small things, until I regain the strength to get back to where I was, if not stronger.

Pics are always great motivation, especially the sh#t you hardmen/women do. Thanks for the stoke!
limpingcrab

Trad climber
the middle of CA
Aug 28, 2014 - 12:28pm PT
EXPLORING!

For me climbing is a means to that end, like hiking, caving, fishing and anything else that gets you to new places. There are lots of aspects to climbing that are great, but exploring is the main driver (for me). I see a place and want to get there. It just so happens that sometimes that place is the top or side of a rock, therefor I had to learn how to climb.

Oh, and maps, I love maps.

Kaweah Basin
Kaweah Basin
Credit: limpingcrab

W.L.

climber
Edge of the Electric Ocean Beneath Red Rock
Aug 28, 2014 - 12:44pm PT
I'll take "all the above" and most likely "all the below"

We are so fortunate to get to experience what we do. Must take advantage!
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 28, 2014 - 02:37pm PT
Anita did you see the recent blog post about recovery by KatieBird? Worthy to check out, I loved it! You will be back soon. And even before you are back to 100% you can do some amazing things!

PS: MORE EXCITEMENT IN THE THREAD PLEASE!
WESTON I KNOW YOU HAVE PICTURES AND YOU ARE EXCITED. PLEASE SHARE.

DMT THANK YOU FOR POSTING. THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT I WANT TO SEE! See it, want to climb it, go up it, enjoy another day of your life. Awesome.
W.L.

climber
Edge of the Electric Ocean Beneath Red Rock
Sep 4, 2014 - 11:59am PT
Credit: W.L.

Credit: W.L.

Credit: W.L.

Catching moments like these after a wonderful afternoon with friends...
Wayno

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
Sep 4, 2014 - 09:30pm PT
I think it must be a soul thing. I never really wanted to climb until my soul woke the feck up.
MisterE

climber
Bishop, CA
Sep 4, 2014 - 09:36pm PT
At 52 and a climbing lifer, just figuring out how to live in Bishop has been my obsession for 2 years.

So much, so close - the hard drive has transitioned into a simple appreciation of quietude and sense of place.

That is my motivation post-push.
Wayno

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
Sep 4, 2014 - 10:57pm PT
Cool, Eric. I got to live in Mammoth for a couple years. I wasn't ready. You sound prepared. I really hope it works out for you and Skip. The Eastside self-motivates.
MisterE

climber
Bishop, CA
Sep 4, 2014 - 11:04pm PT
Mammoth sucks, it wasn't you.

:)
Mark Sensenbach

climber
CA
Sep 5, 2014 - 03:28am PT
What limpicrab said meant a lot of sense to me. Just having a reason to be out there. I have learned a lot about myself. I tend to be very cautious and having the right partner is important for me. I am not a type A kinda guy.
I have noticed that if I warm up on the stone my stoke meter and vision of the climb becomes more clear. When I first walk up I usually am intimidated and will back off. I think knowing yourself and accepting your inner voice is really important and therefor the right partner is a good thing.
The warm up really means a lot. It tunes me in.
moosedrool

climber
lost, far away from Poland
Sep 5, 2014 - 07:06am PT
Sure. Exploring, being with friends, enjoying the views are all part of the climbing experience. But you can have the same doing backpacking or kayaking.

The question is, IMO, what motivates you to CLIMB? How is it different than backpacking, for example?

I've never done Alpine climbing. The biggest climbing adventure was Tenaya Peak. lol
Most of the time, I don't even reach the top of the mountain. (Although, when I do, I like it very much).

Still, I love climbing, dream about climbing, and talk about climbing all the time. Motivation? I don't need it. I am obsessed!

Moose
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
Maestro, Ecosystem Ministry, Fatcrackistan
Sep 5, 2014 - 07:13am PT
Sure. Exploring, being with friends, enjoying the views are all part of the climbing experience. But you can have the same doing backpacking or kayaking.

The question is, IMO, what motivates you to CLIMB? How is it different than backpacking, for example?

Why does it have to be different? Someone might be motivated to drive race cars and if you examine their motivations closely you might think they were talking about mountain climbing or bullfighting or some such.

I think we all like to keep our demons well exercised!

Ready.... EXERCISE!!!!!!!!!!

Like that Cream OW Lady..... (theoretically, that is ;) )

DMT
x15x15

climber
Sep 5, 2014 - 07:26am PT
Labor Day wkend... No crowds out there.
Labor Day wkend... No crowds out there.
Credit: x15x15

wonder if there is a line at the base???
wonder if there is a line at the base???
Credit: x15x15

I like getting away from it all... with my good friends/ partners... which I can count with just a couple of fingers...
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