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Apr 8, 2012
johnL wrote:
I guess I am breaking rule #1 again. So much of this advice is so fucking dangerous. It's not wrong. In fact, most of it is spot on. It's just so ridiculous that an internet thread is how homeboy wants to learn to climb R or X routes. It's absurd. Should you learn to downclimb? Well, should a runner know how to tie his shoes? Etc etc. This really goes back to the trite answers on how to bolt threads. Different question same answers. If you have to ask, you aren't ready.


John is right, and he is succinctly summarizes - albeit a bit indirectly - all you need to know. If you have to ask, you are nowhere close to where you need to be.

You have to really want to climb that route.
Dana Bartlett
From CT
Joined Nov 18, 2003
963 points
Apr 8, 2012
Train, mentally practice the moves visualizing sending it. Get laid lots, party your brains out. Drink bunches of margs... Wake up the next day. Hurl your guts out on the approach. Imbibe some courage (guide food). Look up and realize it ain't too bad or big. Start sending and when you get scared think about sex.

Worked for me tons of times...
James Crump
Joined Dec 17, 2008
200 points
Apr 8, 2012
So sayeth The James. Superclimber
Joined Mar 7, 2009
1,496 points
Apr 10, 2012
I always felt that if you were going to hang it out a little, you should at least be having a good time! If you want to walk on the wild side you should be a little wild!

Just saying...


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