How long have you been climbing?

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by MichaelJ » Sun Feb 07, 2010 4:14 am

Five years. And I'm pretty sure last year was the best year of my life, climbing and otherwise, but especially climbing.

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by CClaude » Sun Feb 07, 2010 4:25 pm

Started April 1974 (I'm 44 just turning 45 in March). Started with Goldline and webbing. As started before, machine nuts but moved up to SMC Camloks, and Forrest Titans (really hate those things). Late 1970's/early 80's was so happy when I got a pair of Asolo Canyon rock shoes, a standard rope (then known as a kernmantle style rope), and and Asolo Pro double leather boots for the mtns.

Every year since has only gotten better (except 1990-1991 when I was in PT for getting hit by a drunk driver on a run). I'll have to find one of my old pictures.

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by norco17 » Sun Feb 07, 2010 8:07 pm

Hiking, scrambling, climbing trees my whole life. Technical rock, snow, peakbagging a little under two years.

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by dioid » Sun Feb 07, 2010 10:11 pm

3.5 years

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by icypeak » Mon Feb 08, 2010 12:07 am

8 years. Did my first "climb" of an itsy bitsy peak on Vallee Blanche with rented boots and helmet, borrowed ice axe, harness and backpack and a raincoat over a bunch of bulky sweaters....but it was instant love and I've never looked back. (And yes, I've ditched the raincoat.)

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by woodsxc » Mon Feb 08, 2010 12:37 am

I've been climbing regularly for less than a year. Been going once a year since I was 11, though.

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by Hotoven » Mon Feb 08, 2010 12:44 am

I have been hiking/climbing since I was 6 years old. My Mom and Dad took me hiking when I was a baby, but I don't count that. I wasn't doing that on my own. So I guess that's roughly 15 years.

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by Guyzo » Mon Feb 08, 2010 4:37 pm

Just starting my 37th season...... wow time flies.

gk :wink:

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Re: How long have you been climbing?

by Andinistaloco » Mon Feb 08, 2010 4:43 pm

Sierra Ledge Rat wrote:"I've been getting laid longer than you've been alive."

I dig this line. As a part-time guide, I still take young folks hiking and climbing and whatnot and sometimes take shit for my age. My personal variation on this line is "I was getting laid while you were breast-feeding."

Climbing? About twenty years. With rope... about sixteen. :wink:

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by mconnell » Mon Feb 08, 2010 5:32 pm

Guess it depends on what you consider climbing:

Started climbing mountains 37 years ago.
Started snow climbs/winter camping 35 years ago.
Roped climbing: 30 years ago.

I just took too much time off now and then to ever get good at anything!

First, gear: For the first 7 years (mountains/snow), blue jeans and a down jacket. Didn't even know about crampons and axes until I had been doing snow climbs for 3-4 years.

First technical gear I used: gold line, tied swami's, and stacked biners for rappels.

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by Dragger » Mon Feb 08, 2010 11:38 pm


Never heard of a rock called "Dingus"... hmmmm!

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by Dragger » Tue Feb 09, 2010 2:40 am

No idea what you're talking about! All the guys I know named after "rocks" have rocks in their brains! I'm sure you're the exception, of course. :P


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