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By Tits McGee
From Boulder, CO
Nov 13, 2012
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n00bw1b00b wrote:
What's with all the snarkyness? I'm asking a valid question.



uh, it's mountain project...and your name is noob with one boob.


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By Glenn Schuler
From Monument, Co.
Nov 13, 2012
A grey fox skull wedged in a crack 100' up on a FA I was working on - don't see that every day...

Tits McGee wrote:
uh, it's the internet ...and your name is noob with one boob.


fixed that for ya.


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By Tits McGee
From Boulder, CO
Nov 13, 2012
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Thanks Glen, good looking out!


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By Dylan Weldin
From Austin, Texas
Nov 13, 2012
Summit of my first tower, the Rectory via Fine Jade

1) It's aesthetic: Look at these lines...

Ouray 2012
Ouray 2012


2) It's rhythmic: Kick, kick, kick, kick, stand-hipsthrust, swing

3) It's stress-relieving: other than chopping wood, when else do you get to swing sharp things and smash stuff productively?

4) It's easy


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By Medic741
From Pittsford, New York
Nov 13, 2012
When I was a bum at Frey

The only reason you ask is because you've never done it. Try it once an you'll get it. It's just beautiful.


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By Richard88
From Sheridan, WY
Nov 13, 2012
piney creek canyon

Tits McGee wrote:
There is no appeal. Mind your business, nothing to see heren move along... Any one interested in learning ice, it is terrible, but I hear snow boarding rocks!


Yes...ice climbing is pain and suffering, definitely not worth the time. Please stay at home and leave all the ice for us masochists that completely understand what it's all about. If you already hate winter then just stay at home, some people like it and others hate it. Do you ski? If you like other winter sports then it's great.

Just to clarify I'm only quoting you tits in support of your post, then answering the op's question.


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By J Q
Nov 13, 2012
Me again!

Richard88 wrote:
Yes...ice climbing is pain and suffering, definitely not worth the time. Please stay at home and leave all the ice for us masochists that completely understand what it's all about. .



OOOhhhhhh, but what if I want to walk around in 1,000 worth of gear carrying a pack with 2,000 worth of gear in the cold to fight over the same three threads of ice? What if I love masturbation but can't quite do that motion 200 times without serious ramifications? What if I adore the shape of an ice pick? How else will I make my non-masochists ego survive?


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By MJMobes
From The land of steady habits
Nov 13, 2012
modern man

cant this be buried in the ice climbing forum?

where is the tree climbing forum anyways?

plastic forum?


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By Alex Washburne
Nov 13, 2012
I eat crack for breakfast.

Why do people risk life and limb to rock climb? Why do people run to exhaustion so they can shoot spheres into nets or baskets? Why do people wake up ass-early in the morning to hike peaks for sunrise?

Because it's cool. Because it's pretty. Because it's fun. "Because it's there."

If you want a universal reason, I don't think there is one. To each his own, and may we all have a hell of a good time while doing it, whatever 'it' may be!


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By willeslinger
From Golden, Colorado
Nov 14, 2012
I was pretty bummed when they didn't greenlight my "Bourne Identity" style reboot of The Eiger Sanction. This was from the rough draft's first act.

It did wonders for my mescaline problem.


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By Princess Mia
From Vail
Nov 14, 2012
Chillin' at City of Rocks

Public Masturbation....... ice climbing at its finest....


Public Masturbation M8 <br />(pre-crux)
Public Masturbation M8
(pre-crux)


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By Bang
From Charlottesville, VA
Nov 14, 2012
Thanks Hank Caylor!

Again, asking why we ice climbing just like non-climbers ask us we we climb at all or like other people as builders why they like climbing buildings.

Sometimes we do certain thing for no reason, we are just follow out hearts and enjoy it. I am sure most experience ice climbers will say that they climb ice is not because it looks cool to someone. It's all about taming our fear and learning to master certain set of skills to solve a particular problem/puzzle.

I know this answer will not please you, n00bw1b00b. Again since we are living in this free world, one has the right to decide what to do and what not to do in one's life. If you don't like certain, just walk away from it since there is no other human being pointing a gun at one's head and makes him to do certain thing.

Climb safe (on whatever medium you prefer to climb on.)


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By Bang
From Charlottesville, VA
Nov 14, 2012
Thanks Hank Caylor!

Richard88 wrote:
Hahaha, every time I go ice climbing my wife cleans the whole house because she's so nervous she can't stop moving


Haha lucky you Richard to have someone care about you like that!


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By Patrick Carey
From Keene, NY
Nov 15, 2012

Climbing frozen water is awesome! And besides, only ice climber knows what it actually means to "push the bush."


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By Hamilton Kibbe
From Boston, MA
Nov 16, 2012
About to set up a fire TR anchor

n00bw1b00b wrote:
dealing with a medium that goes from solid to gas when warmed.


This is also true of climbing gyms


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By Cale Hoopes
From Sammamish, WA
Nov 23, 2012
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I ice climb cause it makes my gym climbing better.


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By Simon Thompson
From New Paltz, NY
Nov 23, 2012
Photo by Tony Lopez

Dylan Weldin wrote:
1) It's aesthetic: Look at these lines... 2) It's rhythmic: Kick, kick, kick, kick, stand-hipsthrust, swing 3) It's stress-relieving: other than chopping wood, when else do you get to swing sharp things and smash stuff productively? 4) It's easy


Exactly. Ice climbing can be a lot more rythmic and flow-y than rock climbing. Some of the lines are beautiful, and some really good ones aren't beautiful too(little runnels in cramped dark gullys). Plus if you can ice AND rock climb, it enables you to do way cooler routes in the big mountains.


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By Woodchuck ATC
Nov 23, 2012
Rock Wars, RRG, 2008

Catching a few 'dinner plates' in the forehead and nose make for some bloody fun times..besides the bleeding clots up really fast in the cold air.


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By Tim Hudgel
Nov 23, 2012

You’ll


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Bad Ass……….


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By H..
From Washingtonville NY
Nov 23, 2012

Alex Quitiquit wrote:
I can only assume, given your other worldly conditions, that a gamma ray burst has struck the vicinity of said ice formation causing immediate sublimation. And complete and utter destruction of the local environment.


I know right! Next hell be saying that water can go from liquid to gas with out reaching its boiling point...and then he'll call it evaporation or something!

Go read a book and learn something.


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By Mellow Yellow
Nov 25, 2012

The transitions between seasons is always a trip: getting pumped about the oncoming ice season and forecasts, feeling your first sticks of the season, harnessing the nervous energy of an alpine start vs. actually feeling the rock with your fingers instead of wearing gloves and using your tools, feeling light without the winter clothing and gear, the smell of spring and/or summer in the air...both are a bummer to leave behind as well.


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