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By Cindy Mitchell
Mar 4, 2012
Racking up for the 3rd pitch of Ruper

If found, please call: 1-800-uhuhTAKE!!!!!!


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By Buff Johnson
Mar 4, 2012
smiley face

Quick, it's at Eldo!!


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By Brent Butcher
Mar 4, 2012
route photo

I am fine just as long as gear placements aren't 40+ ft apart, once they get into the upper 30's and 40 ft ranges I am thinking wtf...


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By M Sprague
Administrator
From New England
Mar 4, 2012
Lichen head. Me, with my usual weatherbeaten, lichen covered look from scrubbing a new route.

I go in phases myself. Sometimes I really want to lead, other times I would just as soon my partner is in to leading and I can just relax and enjoy the rock and movement of the climb. I wouldn't worry about it. Just do what feels right for you. Sometimes people get way to hung up on the leading part IMO. Personally, I spend a lot of my climbing time looking for potential new routes and the thrill of discovery is more satisfying than overcoming the fear of leading something scary. I have been climbing long enough that I have been there, done that. The idea is to have fun, not do what somebody else's concept of fun is. Plus, it could be your intuition telling you to take it easy for a while.

If you really want to lead stuff that fear is irrationally holding you back from, there are exercises you can do. The whole "warrior way" thing helps some people. For me it is just what my inspiration is atm


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By Dirty Gri Gri, or is it GiGi?
From Vegas
Mar 4, 2012
Growing a winter coat in Red Rock Canyon- December 2013.

I lose mine from time to time, and time again. D'OH!! When I was leading at my strongest, I had a climbing accident/lead fall of maybe 20 feet, or so, (so glad that #1 held!), and sprained my ankle pretty badly which fu*ked with my head, then soon after that, while I was healing, one of my close friends/a regular climbing partner of mine fell 60 feet to his death in a ground fall; it's been over 4 years, but I'm still not over that. I've found that if I'm not feeling pressured, and I'm having fun, I do okay on lead these days. I know I can push harder like I did before my accident, but it's challenging at times to go beyond my comfort zone. Also, I swear, there's days when I'm climbing that I feel I have way too much estrogen than testosterone flowing ,which affects my lead head. I know, I know, excuses, excuses...

Anyway, climbing doesn't pay my bills, so I just try to make it as fun as I can, and refrain from putting myself down for not doing as good as I should be. Maybe one day I'll wake up, and be a badass; Keeping my fingers crossed. ; )

I bet you'll find yours, Cindy- Keep looking, and get a search party together if you need to! : )


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By s.price
From PS,CO
Mar 5, 2012
 Morning Dew ,self portrait

What you have is a case of the LED HEADS. I spelled it that way to keep the simpletons from confusing lead with lead.

Led Head is that feeling. Ya'll that have had it know what I mean.
Heavy in the head, can't get the focus through.

Stay strong, launch yourself off a solid piece or bolt a few times.
If that doesn't work go solo a route way easy for you while jammin your fav playlist through the ear goggles. Don't make a big deal out of it. Led Head Happens. Gotta let it go.


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By Adam Baxter
From Estes Park, CO
Mar 5, 2012

You should go look for it at the Red River Gorge. Clean air on steep lines. Whippers never felt so good!


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By SeanKuus
From Steamboat Springs
Mar 5, 2012
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There's nothing like a good old helmet fire.


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By Gregger Man
Mar 5, 2012
gg

Give yourself a little credit, Cindita.
I watched you handle a monster runout a few weeks ago.
Go lead one of your favorites that you've got wired.


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By Old and Busted
From Centennial, CO
Mar 5, 2012
Stabby

I wonder if the stress of climbing S. Platte friction slabs builds up over time? Those 30' spacings make me queasy.


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By Jay Eggleston
From Littleton
Mar 5, 2012
Berlin

I'll be back soon and I am sure you will get over it!


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By Darren Mabe
From Flagstaff, AZ
Mar 5, 2012
wham bam hand jam. Wrapping up the final moves of Twist of Fate, Oak Creek Canyon. <br /> <br />photo: Blake McCord

refreshing thread.

Jay Eggleston wrote:
I'll be back soon and I am sure you will get over it!

yeah, Jay!


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By Cindy Mitchell
Mar 5, 2012
Racking up for the 3rd pitch of Ruper

The dreaded desert rock lizard enjoying his lunch.
The dreaded desert rock lizard enjoying his lunch.


Dammit!!! The desert rock lizard ate it.

Thanks for the words of encouragement. I know its just a case of the "early season jitters" coupled with climbing on a north facing crag yesterday (which was dumb, VERY dumb). When the fingers freeze up, the brain freezes up, the body freezes up, dogs and cats start living together and mass hysteria rules my world.


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By Cindy Mitchell
Mar 5, 2012
Racking up for the 3rd pitch of Ruper

Jay Eggleston wrote:
I'll be back soon and I am sure you will get over it!


Miss you at the crag, buddy. Hurry back.


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