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Old 09-21-2013, 09:51 AM   #41 (permalink)
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Got a lot of stretching to do to get limber and hopefully lose a little weight.
I'm doing it the other way around... Using climbing to help loosen me up, strengthen the core, legs, and feet. A little weight loss wouldn't hurt either!
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I'm doing it the other way around... Using climbing to help loosen me up, strengthen the core, legs, and feet. A little weight loss wouldn't hurt either!

....careful with that tho! A day on the Rock, is a lot like a day on the slope! That exercise/weight loss philosophy, was my thinking with snowboarding!! But after 6-8-10 hours on the slope? I'm RAVENOUS!!!!! Lol! I'd hit the room after 10 pm and just pound down 4-5-6 thousand calories right before passing out from exhaustion!!

(...doesn't help that I tend to go all day with little or no food when I'm snowboarding!)


To add to the "gear maintenance" issue,.. If you are doing primarily Top Roping? Your rope will not be subjected to the extreme forces of a "Lead climb" type fall! Therefore, you can get more climb time out of a given rope.
Assuming you follow Kilz & shred's advice on keeping your rope & gear dry, out of the dirt and NOT stepping on it! All that still applies!

Once you start doing some lead climbing, setting protection as you go. Then you have bigger concerns as to the FF's that they were talking about! Remember, if your last piece of protection was set 15ft. below you, you are looking at a 30 ft. fall if you come loose! That's a lot of force on the rope!

Top Roping falls, (If you have a good belay, who's paying attention!) tend to be, for lack of a better word, "static" falls! Most of mine were just coming off the rock without actually falling any distance beyond the stretch factor of the rope!

It's been years since I've climbed much, but this thread has me itching to get back out! (...even if it has to be just indoor stuff here in MI.!)
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Old 09-21-2013, 11:57 AM   #43 (permalink)
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That's your problem man! Gotta eat WHILE boarding... I usually go to costco and get boxes of granola bars and sport drinks and leave them in my truck. Grab a couple bars and beef jerky in my pocket, and I can ride all day without starving.

Yeah I'm a bit belay crazy at the moment (must be a noob mistake), so I usually have the Fiancee almost under tension the whole time. The indoor place we climb at has 72 ft walls, and stretchy ropes, so if you fall near the bottom even with no freefall you're going to come down 10 feet!

What I see us doing is enjoying some TR indoor this winter (maybe I'll take a lead course if I get bored). Then next spring getting some helmets, ropes, and quick draws to go do some TR out in the mountains. We have some great areas 1 hr away from home where the anchors are an easy scramble away, so no need to lead climb. I imagine we'll get out twice a month or so, so 8-10 times a year on our own ropes. As long as we take care of them they should last several years at that pace, right?
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....Yeah I'm a bit belay crazy at the moment (must be a noob mistake), so I usually have the Fiancee almost under tension the whole time. The indoor place we climb at has 72 ft walls, and stretchy ropes, so if you fall near the bottom even with no freefall you're going to come down 10 feet!

..... I imagine we'll get out twice a month or so, so 8-10 times a year on our own ropes. As long as we take care of them they should last several years at that pace, right?

I wouldn' call that a mistake! As long as your not winching her up the rock!
Although, that can be done on a sketchy section or if she's freaking out on any part of the route.

You want your belay paying attention and not alowing a lot of slack to accumulate! Whether it's a lead or TR climb, never want too much slack. Once in the military, we were rappelling out of the back of Chinooks, with a chopper, your height varies constantly. One guy got his brake hand knocked loose as he came out and since his belay wasn't on top of things, he let slack accumulate and when this guy came Zipping unchecked down the rope (...due to some rope tension from being wrapped around the biner, not quite a full on free fall situation!) his belay man pulled & nothing happened!!! BIG THUMP!!! I had to get the chopper to land, braced n boarded him and flew him to hospital!

ALWAYS pay attention to your climber and the rope!
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