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AP

Trad climber
Calgary
Dec 5, 2018 - 03:30pm PT
Hey Ron I can remember discussing stuff along this line when climbing together in j Tree years ago. You said something like "I remember thinking in the 70's wouldn't it be great if climbing got popular. Jeez what was I thinking?"
The best part was feeling like we were all part of a secret pirates club.

Still climbing Ron? I am though not very well. I have started spending winters living in J Tree. I will give you a call if I can find your number.

Allan Pickel
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Dec 6, 2018 - 03:41am PT
A 15year old just freed the nose. I don't think you have to worry about the torch being passed.... Some other youngster that lives in a van free soloed El cap last year. I constantly run into youngsters who climb circles around me...
Happy Cowboy

Social climber
Boz MT
Dec 6, 2018 - 03:25pm PT
BITD we climbed the icefall in front of our noses and I named it Scepter

Scepter with Cole and Pierre, Mummy II on right
Scepter with Cole and Pierre, Mummy II on right
Credit: Happy Cowboy
This pic from a later ascent, apologize for poor transfer.

Now in the Day I enjoy a local brew...
Scepter Pale Ale
Scepter Pale Ale
Credit: Happy Cowboy
celebrating the route near 40 years later! Cheers mate, it's nicely hopped.

Hooblie, well spoken (and many others) your last sentence reminded me of rat!
gonamok

climber
dont make me come over there
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 7, 2018 - 10:07pm PT
Al email me ronamick000@gmail
gonamok

climber
dont make me come over there
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 7, 2018 - 10:15pm PT
The climbing demographic has changed since climbing gyms became popular. It used to be a love of the mountains and rock that got people into climbing, plus a willingness to do what it takes to get to the climbs.

Now people can learn to climb at the local strip mall. When they get to the crags they often have no idea how to act, and the rock and the environment suffer because of it.

Thats not to say they wont "get it" in time, but the large influx of "city people" into the sport of climbing has changed it forever
Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Dec 7, 2018 - 11:03pm PT
Commenting on his first post, Ron said:
Just reminiscing about how things were then vs now. I wouldnt presume to judge anything, really. Objective old guy is an oxymoron.
And that's exactly how I took it.
The only thing I have to add is that it is a really well-written, very heartfelt and entertaining missive.

 Thanks Ron!
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Dec 8, 2018 - 04:15am PT
I agree with you that gyms have influxed too many people into the sport but certainly there has always been city people in climbing. Climbing was dominated by intelectuals BINTD wich are more likely to be city people....
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