What is an Offwidth?

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guy

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palm springs
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?
Jason

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.
Sue

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

Novice climber
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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