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    Rock Climbing/Bouldering

    So while most of us may sit on our rear's most of the day, I'm sure there are a few who do actually manage to get outside every now and again, and I'm just wondering if any of those people here at WHT ever do rock climbing or bouldering?

    I've been climbing for a few years now and ventured outside last night for the first time this year (it's a sign summer is on its way. ).

    As it happens, it was a pretty interesting start to the outdoor season for me having taken my biggest fall ever without a rope and I lost my Blackberry on the rocks which now appears to have been stolen rather than handed in. The fall was pretty impressive. Tackling a not too difficult boulder, but one that tests the nerves of any beginner/intermediate climber due to the landing should you fall, and the gail force wind that always whips around the corner and pushes you off the rock.

    It involves a huge rock over on to your right leg, and just when I thought I had it in hand, I was on my way down the face and towards the ground.

    What made the fall even more strange was usually you know when you're about to fall and you warn those who are spotting you, but last night I didn't even have chance. I felt secure and I felt like I had the pocket I needed, but then in a split second I was falling towards the ground, back first, towards the massive rock that makes the landing so bad. Fortunately, my head missed the rock, but my shoulder, wrist and lower back took a beating. I laughed and got up to give it another go, but only then realised my hand was pouring blood. 15 minutes later in the pub the adrenaline had worn off and I could barely move my shoulder. Still, I'll be there next week giving it another go, and I might even find the person who has stolen my Blackberry.

    Anybody else in to climbing/bouldering?
    - Jamie Harrop

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    I hike quite a bit, but I leave the hardcore free rock climbing alone.

    Now with ropes and other appropriate precautions, I would give it a shot. But no thank you on the climbing up with nothing securing you...

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    Oh, soloing (rock climbing without ropes) certainly isn't my game either (unless we're talking deep water soloing, where you're climbing on cliffs above the sea and have the water as a soft landing). The only climbing without ropes I tend to do is bouldering, which generally doesn't get above 3-5 meters. Still, because of the bad landing areas, even a 3-5 metre fall can be pretty scary, like mine yesterday. But that's all part of the fun for me, especially when I have a fear of heights.
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    I just don't want to fall (Even from a small height). I guess I'm allergic to pain

    Someday I might get over that fear, but the closer I get to 30, the less I think that might happen.

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    Not many places nearby to go outdoor bouldering around me but its an awesome hobby. I go to this really big indoor place by the city from time to time www.Brooklynboulders.com. Its amazing how good some of the people get at it.....Ive seen them literally dangling upside down hangin on with one finger.
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    Ive only rock climbed a couple times, not big into outdoor events. Yeah ill admit I sit on my rear a lot but it aint for watching tv it is meetings, phone calls, interviews, etc. The day of a CEO is long even if you are small.

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    I remember when 6 of my neighbours went for montaineering and only 3 returned alive

    I have climbed many rocky areas so steep that a single miss of footstep would bring you down many feet . Great adventure

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zoom Active View Post
    Ive only rock climbed a couple times, not big into outdoor events. Yeah ill admit I sit on my rear a lot but it aint for watching tv it is meetings, phone calls, interviews, etc. The day of a CEO is long even if you are small.
    dallas. i visited your site and i left it with temporary blindness due to the huge background image. no offense.

    is that big a dallas necessary in the background of your site ?

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    I am huge fan of outdoor adventures. Got my inspiration by survival shows like Man vs Wild, Survivorman etc on Discovery channel. From last 3-4 years I'm going regularly for hiking + a little bit of climbing trips. Its immense fun.
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    Was actually in my first competition yesterday (strictly bouldering, but I prefer top rope or lead). Outdoors over deep water sounds like a blast. I'm from a relatively small town in Illinois that very randomly has one of the best climbing gyms in the world (series of 65 ft. grain silo's converted into a total of 20k+ sq. ft. of climbing space- http://upperlimits.com/bloomington/). Had a horrible fear of heights as well; now I climb a few times a week.. it's pretty amazing what the sport does for you psychologically.
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    Tried for the first time rock climbing a couple months ago. I have a bit of upper body strength, but there has to be some technique I didn't quite grasp to do things a bit more easily. With a bunch of 13 year old kids climbing with ease, my competitive drive kicked in and I managed to get to the top of the 12 foot wall and jump back down to the very padded floor - not sure if it being indoor kills the whole experience. Not many mountains to scale here in the city, unless you're brave enough to try some random building.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steven.C View Post
    Tried for the first time rock climbing a couple months ago. I have a bit of upper body strength, but there has to be some technique I didn't quite grasp to do things a bit more easily. With a bunch of 13 year old kids climbing with ease, my competitive drive kicked in and I managed to get to the top of the 12 foot wall and jump back down to the very padded floor - not sure if it being indoor kills the whole experience. Not many mountains to scale here in the city, unless you're brave enough to try some random building.
    Something to consider.

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    Quote Originally Posted by qwidjib0 View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by qwidjib0 View Post
    Was actually in my first competition yesterday (strictly bouldering, but I prefer top rope or lead). Outdoors over deep water sounds like a blast. I'm from a relatively small town in Illinois that very randomly has one of the best climbing gyms in the world (series of 65 ft. grain silo's converted into a total of 20k+ sq. ft. of climbing space- http://upperlimits.com/bloomington/). Had a horrible fear of heights as well; now I climb a few times a week.. it's pretty amazing what the sport does for you psychologically.
    That's awesome. Good effort! I'm a long way from competing. I just do it for the fun of it. There's usually three or four of us that will go up to our favourite Gritstone climbing spot on an evening after work. We'll do a few hours of climbing, then I generally find myself sitting watching the sunset (the sunsets from there are nothing like I've ever seen before) then we head back to the car park where there happens to be a traditional, very old pub with a couple of wood burning stoves and on a Wednesday night an acoustic band. It's a fantastic way to spend the evening.

    Quote Originally Posted by Steven.C View Post
    Tried for the first time rock climbing a couple months ago. I have a bit of upper body strength, but there has to be some technique I didn't quite grasp to do things a bit more easily.
    Well done, Steven. That technique you're probably after is to use your legs more than your upper body. In route climbing (as opposed to bouldering) especially, you should be using your legs for power much more than your upper body and arms. Your arms should mainly be there simply for balance, to ensure you always keep those all important three points of contact on the rock/wall.
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    I used to be very much into climbing back in the mid-90's for a few years. Used to go several times per week as there was a great spot within a 15 minute drive of my house at the time. Did lots of bouldering, setup traverses across ravines, and quite a bit of roped stuff. Also did Grand Teton. All of my friends eventually lost interest and I was without climbing partners so I've not done anything serious in years. Still have some rock rings in my basement for pull ups now and then though :-)
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    Rock climbing is a lot of fun. I began to buy all the gear about 3 years ago (harness, shoes, and all that) after I had started doing it more and more.

    I tend to be more into swimming and running these days, but I still like to climb every so often -- especially when traveling.

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