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Aug 20, 2012
Tough Mantle Problem.  Haven't sent yet...
Stepped on the scale yesterday and it rang up 198. Good god. That's like 30 pounds above my ideal weight for climbing. I'm still able to climb around V5, but certainly I'm about two grades off from my personal bests, and forget certain problems that require extreme finess on tiny holds.

Got me thinking. Who here weighs over 190-200 and is able to climb, let's say, V7+ or 5.13+. Not talking onsight, just two or three sessions for the send. Can it be done?? Any famous climbers who are this heavy and crushing?
Rob Gordon
From Hollywood, CA
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Aug 20, 2012
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Klem Loskot always seemed to be on the bigger end of the spectrum. He isn't fat of course, but I would guess that he is in the 190-200lb range. Peter Franzen
From Phoenix, AZ
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Aug 20, 2012
Nothing tastes as good as sending feels. JCM
From Seattle, WA
Joined Jun 9, 2008
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Aug 20, 2012
Trying to stay warm up on Brownstone Wall Red Rock...
Johnny Dawes! Brit hard man climber who likes his plate full at dinner time! Burt Lindquist
From Madison, WI
Joined Jan 1, 2002
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Aug 20, 2012
Tough Mantle Problem.  Haven't sent yet...
Jon Moen wrote:
Nothing tastes as good as sending feels.


Beer sure comes close though.
Rob Gordon
From Hollywood, CA
Joined Feb 2, 2009
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Aug 20, 2012
This thread wouldn't be complete without mentioning beefy Don Whilans. FrankPS
From Atascadero, CA
Joined Nov 19, 2009
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Aug 20, 2012
If we're going to pick on Brits that are beefy and climb hard there has to be mention of John Dunne. Burly man that sends burly routes. Rogerlarock
From Nedsterdam, Colorado
Joined Sep 22, 2008
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Aug 20, 2012
Jon...you and I both know that Nutella tastes way better than any route sent in Rifle. Don't lie. Blake Cash
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Aug 20, 2012
tomato, tomotto, kill mike amato.
Burt Lindquist wrote:
Johnny Dawes! Brit hard man climber who likes his plate full at dinner time!



johnny dawes? are you sure you're not thinking of john dunne? i don't remember dawes being that big. john dunne is the obvious choice. hard scary runout 5.14 at 220+ lbs. even his RP's were scared.
slim
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Aug 20, 2012
Trying to stay warm up on Brownstone Wall Red Rock...
Whoops!

Slim your correct. I was meaning to indicate Johnny Dunne.

My bad.. was typing too quick from my desk at work and F''''d that up...
Burt Lindquist
From Madison, WI
Joined Jan 1, 2002
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Aug 20, 2012
Unfortunately most of these claims are exaggerated, weight wise. Lots of 200+ climb 5.13. Not too many 5.14 though that will undoubtably change as 5.14 because less close to the limit.

Dunne was huge, sometimes, but he famously lost heaps of weight for his sends--like 30-40 pounds!--and was nowhere near 200 for his hard routes.

Loskot is bigger than most, so he's rad, but I'll bet he's never eclipsed 2 bills either and certainly not when climbing his hardest routes. Nalle's probably 140 soaking wet. Sharma's actually the biggest climber I know at the top of the sport climbing game currently.

I think it was Stevie Haston who said something like sport climbing wasn't interesting because all that mattered was how good you could get at not eating.
steve edwards
From SLC, UT
Joined May 3, 2004
551 points
Aug 20, 2012
One Trad Ass Motherfucker
Rob Gordon wrote:
Beer sure comes close though.



....Or in the case of being +30>
Bacon would seem more likely
MountainManny
From Idaho Springs
Joined Mar 20, 2012
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Aug 20, 2012
Tough Mantle Problem.  Haven't sent yet...
MountainManny wrote:
....Or in the case of being +30> Bacon would seem more likely


Haha. No. It's the beer. I probably average an extra 5000 calories a week in beer.

The other factors are I stopped playing rugby for a while, so my cardio went down and so did my metabolism. I used to eat probably 30-50 percent more than I do now, but I just burn way less now. Also stopped being a vegetarian, so my muscles all got way bigger. Unfortunately my legs and ass naturally get bigger than my upper body.
Rob Gordon
From Hollywood, CA
Joined Feb 2, 2009
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Aug 20, 2012
Rock Wars, RRG, 2008
Saw a guy who must have been 240 and 5'9", belaying a guy who was also near 220. Leading smoothly on 5.10 is pretty impressive in my opinion. I was doubtful they could get off the ground when I saw them in Muir Valley, RRG last week. Woodchuck ATC
Joined Nov 29, 2007
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Aug 20, 2012
Russ
Since when is 200+ fat? Everyone I know is 200+ and they all climb (that would be lead "trad") at least 5.10. Anything under 200lbs is cheating unless you are an 8a.nu posterchild Russ Walling
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Aug 20, 2012
Born again on the last move of the Red Dihedral, h...
Russ Walling wrote:
Since when is 200+ fat? Everyone I know is 200+ and they all climb (that would be lead "trad") at least 5.10. Anything under 200lbs is cheating unless you are an 8a.nu posterchild


It all depends on height and frame obviously, but I would think that most people over 200 are overweight.
Eric D
From Gnarnia
Joined Nov 29, 2006
211 points
Aug 20, 2012
Stabby
Just had an epiphany: for every 5 lbs. over 190 you get a letter grade handicap. At 210 that goes straight to a letter per pound.
Since we all *basically* have the same fingers, it makes sense if you're pulling an extra 40 up on each hand. I'm gonna roll with that from now on. It also means I climbed a .12B yesterday
Mike Lane
From Centennial, CO
Joined Jan 21, 2006
839 points
Aug 20, 2012
Russ Walling wrote:
Since when is 200+ fat? Everyone I know is 200+ and they all climb (that would be lead "trad") at least 5.10. Anything under 200lbs is cheating unless you are an 8a.nu posterchild


Must be some lovely ladies in that crew!
pfwein
From Boulder, CO
Joined May 7, 2006
91 points
Aug 20, 2012
I got married last December and am up 30lbs (191 and consider myself fat), affects my climbing when I'm on the wall dreaming about bacon. skeeter
From Lakewood CA
Joined Aug 15, 2012
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Aug 20, 2012
Me fishing for gear on an onsight of Mung.  Photo ...
What about Dean Potter among the bigger climbers (not fat though, by any stretch). I believe that in First Ascent Steph Davis remarks that catching a 190 lb Dean Potter as he takes a 50 footer isn't that fun. Dylan Colon
From Eugene, OR
Joined Jun 21, 2009
284 points
Aug 20, 2012
huge difference between V7 climbing and 5.13+ climbing..... I am 6'6 200 lbs, and sent my first V10 this summer, however my best on a rope is 8a....(13b)... 13+ is no joke... Stephen Nance
From Boulder, CO
Joined Aug 29, 2006
429 points
Aug 21, 2012
Blake Cash wrote:
Jon...you and I both know that Nutella tastes way better than any route sent in Rifle. Don't lie.


Truth. I recently spent an afternoon in the Arsenal doing zero climbing, and instead opted to sit around and enjoy my favorite new fat kid snack: Nutella on animal crackers.
JCM
From Seattle, WA
Joined Jun 9, 2008
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Aug 21, 2012
mountainlion
I'm the largest climber I know who regularly climbs. I see people my size climb but not often and I rarely see them at the crag more than once. That is just my experience.
Eric Coffman 6 ft 4 200 lbs leading "itchy fl...
Eric Coffman 6 ft 4 200 lbs leading "itchy flutterby" 5.11b
Eric Coffman
Joined Jun 22, 2009
817 points
Aug 21, 2012
i don't know anyone in the 190-200 lbs range who climbs super hard, but i know a lot in the 180ish range who climb v9 or 10 and 13+. Crypply
Joined Jun 16, 2012
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Aug 21, 2012
Out of the blue.  Photo by Mike W.
Why do I love Climbing.

When I'm lean and fit I can climb near my limit.

When I'm fat and out of shape I can climb near my limit.

I find climbing most challenging and most rewarding when I'm near my limit. I'll spare you the grades but a few years ago I was climbing and training a bunch. I was the fittest and leanest I had been in ten years and weighed 190, climbed the hardest routes I've ever done. I loved the rock. I loved the mountain. I wanted to hug the mountain.

Then, work, knee surgery, and life happened. I stopped working out, climbed very little and put on twenty pounds. Today, I weigh 210, climb near my limit which is several grades lower than two years ago and I love the rock, I love the mountain,I want to hug the mountain.
Greg D
From Here
Joined Apr 5, 2006
960 points
Aug 21, 2012
Out of the blue.  Photo by Mike W.
Eric Coffman wrote:
I'm the largest climber I know who regularly climbs. I see people my size climb but not often and I rarely see them at the crag more than once. That is just my experience.


You must hang out at sport crags only. I crap bigger than you.
Greg D
From Here
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