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Apr 8, 2010
Top half of Melifluous
I was sitting on the porch at the campground the other night talking climbing with some people and trad climbing came up.

One of my buddies is a boulderer primarily and also climbs sport. His girlfriend was talking about wanting to try some gear protected routes.

He goes, "Lilly, that stuff is dangerous. If you fall on a piece and it pops, the next one has like three times the chance of blowing as the first one does. It's called zippering."

I tried to correct him, but he'd have none of it. This guy also assured a buddy of mine he knew how to place gear and led a 5.8 hand crack. When my friend was cleaning it for him he said all the pieces were tipped out and not worth a damn.
Sam Stephens
Joined Jan 20, 2010
768 points
Apr 8, 2010
What you don't see on TV tour coverage.
I like this one...

"Got a nut stuck on this route in November. It's in the slab section, it's a red BD nut. Three guys hammered on it for 30 minutes trying to get it out, I think it's safe to say it's in there good. Please try and remove it if you have the time though."
DaveB
Joined Feb 4, 2007
1,119 points
Apr 8, 2010
Top half of Melifluous
You're clever. Sam Stephens
Joined Jan 20, 2010
768 points
Apr 8, 2010
Pete Arndt on final pitch (ramp) of the Conn Route...
"I worked it..I worked it.. and Worked it. Then I flashed it." Peter Arndt
Joined Feb 19, 2006
880 points
Apr 8, 2010
Final Pitch on Birdland - 5.7 Red Rocks
As he gets out of his Mercedes at the Red Rock Redevenous parking lot... wearing a brand new rack of trad gear - Douche Bigelow yells across the dirt parking lot : I cant wait to try trad climbing - I flashed a 5.11 in the gym last night! Grrrrrr ClimbPHX.com
From Mesa AZ
Joined Jan 31, 2006
1,207 points
Apr 8, 2010
Living the High Life.
"I know how to do this, I just can't remember how to tie this stupid knot!"

-Women trying to defuse my anger at her after taking AN HOUR racking up before trying to lead Incredible Hand Crack. She bailed before the roof.


"No, you don't want to hold it there, or the Gri-Gri might not catch a fall."

-Women telling her grommet friends to forgo using their break hand at North Table Mountain.
Andy Novak
From Golden, Co
Joined Aug 22, 2007
330 points
Apr 8, 2010
You can love your rope but you can't "LOVE&qu...
"Tie the rope to that loopy thing on the front of your harness. That's what it's there for".

Also heard at North Table Mountain.
Lee Smith
Joined Sep 5, 2003
1,686 points
Apr 8, 2010
Rock Wars, RRG, 2008
" Just go for it...it's only a poorly protected 5.11RXX run out" Woodchuck ATC
Joined Nov 29, 2007
3,091 points
Apr 8, 2010
Bouldering at right side of Sun Deck
I was at a party standing around with a bunch of high testosterone guys and of course the topic turned to sports, and then which ones were the hardest. One of my friends casually asked me, by way of a lead in, "don't you rock climb?"

Before I could answer, an outdoorsman type, that drives an offroad 4-wheeler with a case of beer in the back on the weekends and has his keys suspended from his beltloop on a locking carabiner, chimed in. "Rock climbing is just pulling yourself up on equipment you pound in the rock, the true skill comes in rappelling!"....he said with a superior air as he puffed on his Marlboro and quaffed another Bud Lite.
YDPL8S
From Santa Monica, Ca.
Joined Aug 7, 2003
933 points
Apr 8, 2010
Me and Spearhead
"Sometimes it just breaks."
Climbers response to my buddies question, "what happened?", after witnessing this guy take a 20foot ground fall.

Climber was cleaning a route while being lowered through a piece of webbing.
Brent Apgar
From Out of the Loop
Joined Oct 20, 2007
143 points
Apr 8, 2010
'Standing far from the first piece protects me from rocks and lets me dig my heels in when he falls'
-This one I told the person to move closer to the first piece because if the leader fell she was going to be ripped towards the wall. Oh well.

'Off Belay! Now lower me!'
-The sport park
usernameremoved
Joined Sep 5, 2007
32 points
Apr 8, 2010
Me at the belay on bear creek spire
I once posted I was an advanced Top roper.I Thought it was funny, but others took it way to seriously. They couldnt wait to tear in to me. Brian Snider
From NorCal
Joined Mar 24, 2010
769 points
Apr 8, 2010
Topping out
I was at the Red River Gorge at Left Flank and there was a group of guys, 5 or so, with a typical spread. We had a tried and true climber who thought he knew it all, a muscle guy with his sleeves cut off and biceps bulging, 2 average guys who looked like they were really trying to learn from the climber who thought he knew it all, and then one shy guy not really a part of this scene. the climber was at the top of the route setting the top rope for the rest of them and he called for a take after setting up the anchor. he then proceeded into a story...

climber: "hey man, remember that one time you were belaying me on that hard 9. you know the one where i got to the top and i said 'k, im there' and then i clipped both draws and asked for a take while looking back down to you. and i realized you were walking over to your pack to get some water, totally off the belay??"

belayer: "oh yeah, i remember that. i thought you meant when you said that you were there that you wanted to be taken off belay."

climber: "yeah, that was totally crazy!"

needless to say these guys seemed to have followed us around all day and provided constant entertainment. (we made sure they werent doing anything too stupid) However, when one of the average guys was lead belaying the muscle guy (due to the weight differential they had the belayer anchor into a tree behind him) he was standing with a slack piece of webbing between his legs connecting the tree to his rappel loop. well when muscle man fell... there was a jolt through that guys body. i was pretty impressed that he held onto the rope with as hard of a shot he took to his jewels!
danpierce
From Cleveland, OH
Joined May 1, 2008
41 points
Apr 8, 2010
You can tell Lenny any of your sport climbing prob...
"i'd only cut the rope if the leader was a republican." Heard at sport wall in boulder.

"Im pretty good with my rights, but not so good with my lefts." Table mountain
Dr. Ellis D. Funnythoughts
From Evergreen, Co
Joined Mar 31, 2008
137 points
Apr 8, 2010
Cobra Kai
"You can't follow 5.13a/b. -Maybe if it is on TR..." Red
From Arizona
Joined Sep 11, 2008
1,322 points
Apr 8, 2010
Me fishing for gear on an onsight of Mung.  Photo ...
I'm hiking along the base of the East Rampart at Devils Lake, and I see someone drop a rope down on Dyslexia, the hardest route in the area that has only been climbed a handful of times at most. Impressed, I ask who is working on the route. "Nah, we're just rappelling today."
The following weekend I was back and I hear a cheering crowd yelling "Go (someone's name), come on, yeah!" When I looked, I found it was not some impressive send, just some guy rappelling very slowly down a 50 foot cliff. I was somewhat amused.
Dylan Colon
From Eugene, OR
Joined Jun 21, 2009
285 points
Apr 8, 2010
Bocan
Brian Snider wrote:
I once posted I was an advanced Top roper.I Thought it was funny, but others took it way to seriously. They couldn't wait to tear in to me.


But that WAS funny!!!! Although I did tear on ya (sorry) it added some much appreciated levity!!
Scott McMahon
From Boulder, CO
Joined Feb 15, 2006
942 points
Apr 8, 2010
Cobra Kai
WTF?

brentapgar wrote:
"Sometimes it just breaks." Climbers response to my buddies question, "what happened?", after witnessing this guy take a 20foot ground fall. Climber was cleaning a route while being lowered through a piece of webbing.


Yes, sometimes that will make the webbing break. Unbelievable! I trust that you saved their lives later in the future by informing them what idiots there were.
Red
From Arizona
Joined Sep 11, 2008
1,322 points
Apr 8, 2010
Bouldering at right side of Sun Deck
Nah, we're just rappelling today."
The following weekend I was back and I hear a cheering crowd yelling "Go (someone's name), come on, yeah!" When I looked, I found it was not some impressive send, just some guy rappelling very slowly down a 50 foot cliff. I was somewhat amused.


Did he have a Marlboro hangin out of his mouth and a sixer of Bud Lite? (see my post above)
YDPL8S
From Santa Monica, Ca.
Joined Aug 7, 2003
933 points
Apr 8, 2010
Cobra Kai
Brian Snider wrote:
I once posted I was an advanced Top roper.I Thought it was funny, but others took it way to seriously. They couldnt wait to tear in to me.

nice cover up... not buying it.
Red
From Arizona
Joined Sep 11, 2008
1,322 points
Apr 8, 2010
Wave wall
While sitting around a camp fire discussing funny things we've heard climbing:

"Why do they always put the crux at the hard part?"
Mitch Hoffman
From Fonda NY
Joined Feb 22, 2010
219 points
Apr 8, 2010
Growing a winter coat in Red Rock Canyon- December...
A (cough, cough) friend of mine called "Jimbo the crazy red neck" (he knows we call him that, and doesn't mind) told me this several times.
Not the dumbest though (Jimbo is a talented survivalist), but it both tickled, and scared me.

"Hey, I heard you like to climb rocks, I do too, I did all that rappelling stuff, and jumped out of airplanes when I was in the military, and do a lot of rock climbing when I'm out hunting deer, and coyotes, not with ropes, I climb without ropes, and equipment." "When are you taking me climbing?!" Note: he was being serious.
Dirty Gri Gri, or is it GiGi?
From Vegas
Joined May 25, 2005
4,468 points
Apr 8, 2010
The Shield
"Jacks Canyon is good climbing." Sam Lightner, Jr.
From Lander, WY
Joined Apr 9, 2006
2,248 points
Apr 8, 2010
Not the dumbest but it was very funny.


When at a popular winter top roping spot last December, a father/son combo shows up for some "climbing". The father instructs the son to do the walk around and set up the top rope by running one end through the anchors and then tossing the rope down, the kid gets to the top runs about 6 feet of rope through the anchor and yells "look out below" then tosses the rope still coiled to dad. Dad looked up at son and said "Son you remind me allot of your mother, let's go fishing"
John P.
Joined Aug 27, 2008
1 points
Apr 8, 2010
Me
My friend and I ran into some "climbers" on an approach trail in the Witchita Mountain Wildlife Refuge a few years back. They saw our rope and gear and started up a conversation with us.

Climber: "you guys going climbing".
I politely said "yes".
Climber: Something like "We are climbing too".
Me: "oh yeah". (Note: they had no packs and were wearing Nike's or something)
Climber: "we don't use rope's, we just use there fingers!" Said with an attitude.

Nice, don't die, I thought.
Aaron M
From Westminster, CO
Joined Oct 31, 2007
141 points
Apr 8, 2010
My navigator keeps me from getting lost
"Bouldering is climbing without a harness"

-
Crag Dweller
From New York, NY
Joined Jul 17, 2006
274 points


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