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By Ian G.
From PDX, OR
Feb 6, 2010
Mens Crisis Center .12a

Why would one choose to go to a place they 'hate?'


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By Hank Caylor
Administrator
From Golden, CO
Feb 6, 2010
Lone goat..

duh wrote:
Spray much?


Hell yeah! I helped invent the word back in Rifle in the early 90's.


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By Evan1984
Feb 6, 2010

I don't like the fact that gyms are so convenient that if there's a chill in the air, a touch of sticky humidity, or "I really shouldn't climb all day" I go there instead of outside.

In truth, I'm very glad to have a gym because its too damned cold a lot of the year and ooutside climbing is a two hours drive.


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By Woodchuck ATC
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.


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By Dana Bartlett
From CT
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.


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By matthewb
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.


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By Colonel Mustard
From Reno, NV
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.


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By Ben Woods
Feb 6, 2010
A couple days before, getting religion on Grizzly peak in a ridiculous storm (with a break for the photo op)

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)


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By duh
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?


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By Tom R
From Denver, CO
Feb 6, 2010
self portrait

Zeke wrote:
You just sprayed about inventing the word spray.

Awesome.


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By kevin murphy
From Lafayette, Colorado
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.


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By Angie Perry
From Durango, CO
Feb 6, 2010

I hate that there's not a climbing gym in Durango for me to complain about...


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By Hank Caylor
Administrator
From Golden, CO
Feb 6, 2010
Lone goat..

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?


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By Mattq331
From Boulder, CO
Feb 6, 2010
At Tremadoc, Wales. Showing respect for the Main Man Warren Harding (no relation).

Hey Hank... stop hating, and learn to love. K?


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By Woodchuck ATC
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.


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By Old and Busted
From Centennial, CO
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....


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By Chris Owen
Administrator
From La Crescenta and Big Bear Lake
Feb 6, 2010
There's more than one use for an Ice Hammer. Lake District (UK) late '70s

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.


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By kBobby
From Spokane, WA
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.


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By koreo
From Denver, CO
Feb 7, 2010
sloping <br />

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.


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By Heyun
From Charleston S.C.
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


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By Hank Caylor
Administrator
From Golden, CO
Feb 7, 2010
Lone goat..

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.


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By Stich
From Colorado Springs, Colorado
Feb 7, 2010
Coffee after freezing our asses off near James Peak.

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.


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By Colonel Mustard
From Reno, NV
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.


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By Zappatista
Feb 7, 2010
Book me, officer.

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.


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By Jon Ruland
From Tucson, AZ
Feb 7, 2010
sending Hard Day at the Orifice

Brian Janezic wrote:
sums it up:



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