What is an Offwidth?


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Novice climber
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Topic Author's Original Post - May 7, 2002 - 03:49pm PT
What is an offwidth? Is there such a thing as an offwidth hand crack, or an offwidth finger crack?

Novice climber
Topic Author's Reply - May 7, 2002 - 04:33pm PT
I think the official definition is: anything bigger than your fist and smaller than your body. And ditto to the last guys explanation of other off sizes (usually harder than non-off sizes).

Most of the time when I see offwidth in a book, it means either offwidth as I explained it or squeeze chimney (more often squeeze actually). So anything from 3.5" to 12" (depending on hand and foot size) falls in that range.

Novice climber
Topic Author's Reply - May 13, 2002 - 10:42pm PT
Offwidth: awful, tortuous, and incomprehensible anathema to some; joyful, twisted, perverse pleasure to others.

Spend the time and learn to climb them or live forever in fear. Your choice.

A good start: Chingando.
rock kicker

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Topic Author's Reply - May 14, 2002 - 04:52pm PT
it's an offwidth if:

1)you are bleeding & you didn't know you were bleeding
(if you knew that you were bleeding then you were secure enough to actually pull some appendage or other out of the crack & notice the blood- ergo the potential for security & not possibly an offwidth- simple!)

2)you can't quite get in it but you don't dare come out of it (if you don't get that, it's wasn't an offwidth you were climbing).

3)you're moaning & grunting so much that someone tells you to go get a room (or if you hear that & it's not an offwidth, maybe you should go get a room...).
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