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Nov 5, 2012
Chillin' at City of Rocks
Just got back from another trip to the Creek where I met and climbed with the most amazing folk. I have been back two days and I am having serious withdrawls. I simply cant seem to think clearly, I cant stop dreaming of the wide cracks, the rattely fingers, the goobies...... Is there help available? Princess Mia
From Vail
Joined May 22, 2006
422 points
Nov 5, 2012
Wall Street, Moab, UT
Maybe we need to start a support group! To get through winter I sometimes like to check out truck/camper/van modification threads on places like Mountain Project... Peter Stokes
From Them Thar Hills
Joined Apr 30, 2009
152 points
Nov 5, 2012
Chillin' at City of Rocks
Peter Stokes wrote:
Maybe we need to start a support group! To get through winter I sometimes like to check out places like Mountain Project...


Good idea....... I hope that works.....
Princess Mia
From Vail
Joined May 22, 2006
422 points
Nov 5, 2012
Big Boulder, just a bit downhill from Temple of Ka...
Mostly on Mondays.

I start feeling better on Tuesday

Wed... getting a bit better...

Thursdays... packing the stuff

By Friday pm.... back at it.

The life of a weekender.....works for me.
Guy Keesee
From Moorpark, CA
Joined Mar 1, 2008
189 points
Nov 7, 2012
Chillin' at City of Rocks
It's Wednesday and it is not getting better......maybe cause I can't climb this weekend...... Princess Mia
From Vail
Joined May 22, 2006
422 points
Nov 7, 2012
I always climb with draws.
Sometimes prehung. Sometimes I hang them myself
Adam Leedy
From Austin, TX
Joined Sep 18, 2008
772 points
Nov 9, 2012
Princess Mia wrote:
It's Wednesday and it is not getting better......maybe cause I can't climb this weekend......


same... Its friday and it isn't getting better. I'm getting the shakes.
Noah Doherty
From Nashua, NH
Joined Feb 28, 2012
292 points
Administrator
Nov 10, 2012
Princess Mia wrote:
Just got back from another trip to the Creek where I met and climbed with the most amazing folk. I have been back two days and I am having serious withdrawls. I simply cant seem to think clearly, I cant stop dreaming of the wide cracks, the rattely fingers, the goobies...... Is there help available?

I found slacklining and highlining to be a good alternative. I still get to play with climbing gear and it is pretty fun once you start to get good at it. Walking a 200' longline is really peaceful. Getting proficient at slacklining and highlining is also useful to climbing in that it increases your overall mastery. The forces subjected to equipment involved in highlines can be pretty extreme, so as a result you will learn how to build very strong anchors and systems. You will also learn a shit ton about webbing and you will get exposed to webbing types you probably never even knew existed. It is pretty funny because in climbing, standard UIAA certified climbspec 1" webbing is considered pretty bomber stuff, but in slacklining, the same material is pretty much the bottom of the barrel.
20 kN
From Hawaii
Joined Feb 2, 2009
665 points
Nov 10, 2012
Ellingwood Point Summit, Little Bear in the backgr...
quickdrawls? Nate Reno
From Highlands Ranch, CO
Joined Oct 24, 2008
36 points
Nov 11, 2012
...
"it increases your overall mastery."

Yep!

At SLACKLINING...
Locker
From Yucca Valley, CA
Joined Oct 13, 2002
2,382 points
Nov 11, 2012
Coffee after freezing our asses off near James Pea...
Peter Stokes wrote:
Maybe we need to start a support group!


This IS your support group.
Stich
From Colorado Springs, Colorado
Joined Jan 1, 2001
1,495 points
Nov 11, 2012
Coffee after freezing our asses off near James Pea...
Princess Mia wrote:
It's Wednesday and it is not getting better......maybe cause I can't climb this weekend......


Other than indoors in the gym, neither could I. Too wet and cold out. Bleecccch. Weren't you going to ski anyway? Let the cool wind whisking in your face sooth your aching heart.
Stich
From Colorado Springs, Colorado
Joined Jan 1, 2001
1,495 points
Administrator
Nov 11, 2012
tomato, tomotto, kill mike amato.
Adam Leedy wrote:
I always climb with draws. Sometimes prehung. Sometimes I hang them myself


in tx, everybody climbs with drawls...
slim
Joined Dec 1, 2004
2,044 points
Nov 11, 2012
dream canyon fun!
Mia bless yer hart the creek has withdrawls wen yer not out in the dark crack's doing yer thing.. im putting together a support group for people like us but i keep coming up with real bad names for our cause? crack heads, crack addiction, help if you have aney better one's to use . DF Devin Fin
From DURANGO
Joined Jan 14, 2010
3,256 points
Nov 11, 2012
Chillin' at City of Rocks
Devin
OW Porn! I'm so addicted.....
Princess Mia
From Vail
Joined May 22, 2006
422 points
Nov 11, 2012
Mia,

You know some of the responses are poking fun at your misspelled "withdrawals"?
FrankPS
From Atascadero, CA
Joined Nov 19, 2009
130 points
Administrator
Nov 12, 2012
Locker wrote:
"it increases your overall mastery." Yep! At SLACKLINING...

And climbing. It does not increase your ability to climb hard routes to place gear quicker, but it helps you to understand the limitations of climbing gear and systems used in climbing; not as much in slacklining, but certainly in highlining. We use the same fundamental elements in building our highline anchors that climbers use in building their anchors. But unlike climbers who rarely get to test if their anchor will hold a factor two fall, we always get to test that. A leashed fall on a highline anchor can easily produce 10kN, and in some cases, even as much as 20-25kN with ultra-low stretch webbing types. Also, slacklining requires a solid understanding of how to build mechanical advantage systems. How many climbers do you think could build a 10:1 mechanical advantage system with two double pulleys, one single pulley, some rope and some biners in less than four minutes? I am guessing not many climbers can, but any serious slackliner could. That knowledge transfers over to building hauling systems on big walls, self-rescue, and search and rescue where you might need to lift a person off the wall. Hopefully you would know not to use a 10:1 though.

Also, highlining can significantly increase the strength of your lead head. If you think lead climbing might be scarey, try highlining. I have climbed numerous wall on El Cap without being the least scared, but the first time I stepped on a highline, I was shitting bricks. I did not want to step out, the exposure was so insane, and I have never felt like that on a climb, no matter how hard or exposed it was. If you have lead head problems and you get into highlining to the point that you can walk a full highline, I guarantee that when you return to climbing you will be more confident leading.

Lastly, I have always been a firm believer that being a true master or expert of climbing is dependent on your overall knowledge and ability in all forms of climbing and everything related. In other words, I would not consider many of these new hotshot V14 climbing kids to be a climbing expert, because that is the only thing they know how to do. I believe the true heroes are the ones who are experienced in sport, trad, aid, ice, alpine, slacklining and highlining, mountaineering, FA's, bolting routes, gym climbing, self-rescue, climbing engineering - everything. They have been everywhere and they have done everything. So slacklinigng and highlining is just another check in the box on the way to becoming overall proficient.
20 kN
From Hawaii
Joined Feb 2, 2009
665 points
Nov 12, 2012
The Cathedral Spires in RMNP, left to right: Stile...
20 kN wrote:
I believe the true heroes are the ones who are experienced in [protecting this country at the risk of everything.]


Fixed it for ya

There are no "heroes" in rocklimbing. Let's be real.
Marc H
From Lafayette, CO
Joined May 10, 2007
280 points
Administrator
Nov 12, 2012
Marc H wrote:
Fixed it for ya There are no "heroes" in rocklimbing. Let's be real.

Well, as an active service member of the Navy, I can appreciate that. But you know what I meant.
20 kN
From Hawaii
Joined Feb 2, 2009
665 points
Nov 12, 2012
I make it a habit to climb with drawls, keeps a tight package and less bunching around the harness matt davies
Joined Mar 9, 2007
25 points
Administrator
Nov 12, 2012
tomato, tomotto, kill mike amato.
'cause god knows i set up a 10:1 pretty frequently..... as others already said, slacklining improves your ....... slacklining. slim
Joined Dec 1, 2004
2,044 points
Nov 12, 2012
Chillin' at City of Rocks
Frank
Clearly.....lol
.......and the funny thing is that I never climb with draws, but I do speak with a Swedish drawl.........haha
Princess Mia
From Vail
Joined May 22, 2006
422 points
Nov 12, 2012
1. ... watch lots of porn ... climbing porn ;)

2. ... go play with plastic objects ... at the gym =P

neither is a good substitute ... but itll keep you strong and motivated ...
bearbreeder
Joined Mar 1, 2009
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