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Feb 6, 2010
Rock Wars, RRG, 2008
Bobby Hanson wrote:
Yeah, he had a strep infection in his hand. It was disgusting. Strep in open wounds is rare, but nasty when it happens. He ran a fever of 104. It was bad. Now I always tape, and wash thoroughly after climbing those things.

Isn't that a staph infection?,, being out on the skin would make it one I believe. I thought Streptococcus tends to be inside where it's moist.
Woodchuck ATC
Joined Nov 29, 2007
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Feb 6, 2010
I hate gyms because even though all these kids climb much harder than me, none of them ever seems to realize how awesome I was . . . Wait, wait, how awesome I am now, I meant now. Dana Bartlett
From CT
Joined Nov 18, 2003
963 points
Feb 6, 2010
People who think they are amazing at climbing and when you ask them their favorite spot to climb outside they say "well, I've never really climbed outside before.."

Then you have never really climbed. Gyms are for training.
matthewb
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Feb 6, 2010
Colonel Mustard
Hank Caylor wrote:
Hell yeah! I helped invent the word back in Rifle in the early 90's.


Shit, it must be completely ingrained in you! You just sprayed about inventing the word spray.
Colonel Mustard
Joined Sep 13, 2005
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Feb 6, 2010
A couple days before, getting religion on Grizzly ...
I hate not having anough time to get to one from the random spot in Iowa I have ended up.

Hence what started as the kids' playstructure will be my 14' boulder by the end of this summer.



(little varmints can learn to climb instead of reading comic books and telling dirty jokes with their pals, says I)
Ben Woods
Joined Feb 4, 2010
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Feb 6, 2010
Hank Caylor wrote:
Hell yeah! I helped invent the word back in Rifle in the early 90's.


Maybe you could spray a little more for me, so I know how cool you really are?
duh
Joined Dec 27, 2006
1,692 points
Feb 6, 2010
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Zeke wrote:
You just sprayed about inventing the word spray.

Awesome.
Tom R
From Denver, CO
Joined Sep 14, 2008
157 points
Feb 6, 2010
road
I don't really hate anything about climbing indoors. It is just another way to get your climb on. Although not changing routes regularly is annoying. Thats why the BRC rules. They regularly set new routes, not only when comps are happening. Now go climb, inside or out. kevin murphy
From Lafayette, Colorado
Joined Feb 15, 2005
373 points
 
Feb 6, 2010
I hate that there's not a climbing gym in Durango for me to complain about... Angie Perry
From Durango, CO
Joined Feb 6, 2010
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Feb 6, 2010
Pure bliss..
duh wrote:
Maybe you could spray a little more for me, so I know how cool you really are?



Sorry "duh", but because of your username, I just can't oblige you on this one. Is your real name Gern Blanston or something?
Hank Caylor
From Golden, CO
Joined Dec 9, 2003
589 points
Feb 6, 2010
At Tremadoc, Wales. Showing respect for the Main M...
Hey Hank... stop hating, and learn to love. K? Mattq331
From Boulder, CO
Joined Jul 11, 2006
18 points
Feb 6, 2010
Rock Wars, RRG, 2008
Ben Woods wrote:
I hate not having anough time to get to one from the random spot in Iowa I have ended up. Hence what started as the kids' playstructure will be my 14' boulder by the end of this summer. (little varmints can learn to climb instead of reading comic books and telling dirty jokes with their pals, says I)

Bigger. Waaay bigger. You got the room, go for it. (see 'home woody' postings) You can never have enough lumber.
Woodchuck ATC
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Feb 6, 2010
Stabby
What I hate about gyms:

Its the smell,
if there is such a thing.
I feel saturated by it.
I can taste the stink.
And every time I do I fear I've somehow been infected by it, its repulsive......isn't it?
I must get out of here....
Mike Lane
From Centennial, CO
Joined Jan 21, 2006
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Feb 6, 2010
There's more than one use for an Ice Hammer. Lake ...
It's raining - think I'll go to the gym tomorrow and get my bum kicked by a bunch of kids pulling fancy moves and not even facing the wall but kinda sideways or just campusing hand-over-hand...and they're all beautiful young people with beautiful partners, and I'm old sloppy and grey. Hey that's what I really hate; old Father Time tapping me on the shoulder with a smirk on his face. Chris Owen
From Big Bear Lake
Joined Jan 1, 2002
9,233 points
Feb 7, 2010
Woodchuck ATC wrote:
Isn't that a staph infection?,, being out on the skin would make it one I believe. I thought Streptococcus tends to be inside where it's moist.

It was definitely streptococcus. I thought the same thing, and was corrected. And the infection was internal, contracted through a crack-induced gobie.

I once got a minor infection from the same cracks (easily treated with Neosporin), and another friend also caught a minor infection. I'm sure others have also.
kBobby
From Spokane, WA
Joined Oct 5, 2001
1,373 points
Feb 7, 2010
sloping
I don't hate rock gyms, but there are a few things that bother me.

Like many others, the inconsistent grading.

The kids. If I'm lead climbing a 5.11, a parent shouldn't have their kids top roping a 5.8 right next to me. If I fall, that little bastard is getting knocked out.

The people who come into the gym wearing all prana, or klime clothing, with five out of nine fingers taped up with the inability to send a rec bouldering route. Seriously, you aren't up to the level wear you even need to consider tape.
koreo
From Denver, CO
Joined Aug 24, 2009
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Feb 7, 2010
Chris Owen wrote:
...and they're all beautiful young people with beautiful partners, and I'm old sloppy and grey. Hey that's what I really hate; old Father Time tapping me on the shoulder with a smirk on his face.


I resemble that remark...

+10
Heyun
From Charleston S.C.
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Feb 7, 2010
Pure bliss..
Mattq331 wrote:
Hey Hank... stop hating, and learn to love. K?


Allright allright, I love now. After the Superbowl, I'm going to the gym. I have to send my nemesis dark green tape before they take it down.
Hank Caylor
From Golden, CO
Joined Dec 9, 2003
589 points
Feb 7, 2010
Coffee after freezing our asses off near James Pea...
Hate is a strong word for the gym. I really can't get up the energy to hate anything there anymore. I dig the gym at night and on weekdays! And like Andrew said, it's great for running into friends you wouldn't otherwise see often.

As for the tape colors, one night at the new gym I got confused and just decided to grab whatever holds I wanted to on an overhang. OMFG! It was like climbing outside. Magically, the tape colors blended into the "rock" surface and it became fun again.
Stich
From Colorado Springs, Colorado
Joined Jan 1, 2001
1,494 points
Feb 7, 2010
Colonel Mustard
Hank Caylor wrote:
Allright allright, I love now. After the Superbowl, I'm going to the gym. I have to send my nemesis dark green tape before they take it down.


At least your climb has a manly hue. I always wind up bouted by the pink tape routes.
Colonel Mustard
Joined Sep 13, 2005
1,359 points
Feb 7, 2010
Which way again?
I'm unthrilled that the gyms invariably seem to be dissemination points for "guaranteed death" belay techniques taught by frustrated "climbers" who end up loathing themselves and everyone else involved in the game thru oversaturation.

The video was amazing.
Cunning Linguist
Joined Feb 15, 2007
2,478 points
Feb 7, 2010
sending Hard Day at the Orifice
Brian Janezic wrote:
sums it up:


Jon Ruland
From Tucson, AZ
Joined May 31, 2007
706 points
Feb 7, 2010
First 14er
+1 Rafe...but it's not worth it!! The good outweighs the bad, trust me. Kyle Freeman
From Oakland, CA
Joined Nov 17, 2009
25 points
Feb 7, 2010
I hate the fat chick at my gym that walks around with a laser pointer spraying beta! Superclimber
Joined Mar 7, 2009
1,501 points
 
Feb 7, 2010
Children: being allowed to run underneath 200 lb. people bouldering (staff fails to do their job at control and safety)
Side Note: the spot has a whole vert wall perfect for young beginners, but they prefer to clog up the steeper boulders. The BRC has a whole upstairs area just for children, but their staff prefers to let them run underneath climbers in the lower area.

Attitude: I may suck at climbing, but I have been climbing since many of today's up and comers were still pissing their beds at night. Ditch the ego and "too cool" attitude... climbing is fun, not a competition.
Also, old guys cutting in line on routes "well are you tied in?" "No, but the guy I just lowered still is" get some patience and wait your turn. The older guys doing this are worse than the children (grow up man child!).

Famous/expert climbers: Sorry, but (most of)you are all a bunch of self absorbed dicks. Anyone can have fun climbing, even on 5.5. (re: tape comment above(koreo), I may suck at climbing, but arthritic joints suck too, and unfortunately I tape up many joints just to avoid injury on 5.10s. Why do you care how much someone tapes up? does it affect you? although I tend to agree with the comment about Prana gear.) Call it "classism for climbers", call it what you will, but it is basically high school bull shit for adults.

Anyone too cool to acknowledge when they have been addressed: If you really are world class, and some gumby(I.e. me) says "holy shit that was sweet" regarding the 1 finger campus deadpoint to a sloper move you just did, just say "thanks". Ignoring a compliment just makes you look like a dick. Said gumby already understands that he belongs to a different realm, just be glad that you are in a way "a hero" of the sport. Be a steward of the sport, be welcoming to people who aren't as good as you.

On a good note, climbing in the gym when it is empty on a rainy or snowy day is great.

Enough venting, the worst thing is that after 17 years of climbing... still haven't ticked 5.12 even on plastic :( boo hoo
TBlom
Joined Jun 29, 2004
340 points


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