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Feb 16, 2010
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duh wrote:
You edited your post? I'm sorry, but that's just weke.


I'm not cupping balls here, but if you call someone weak for editing a post while you're being an anonymous coward thats just ritarded.

What?

thats just RitARDed.

Retard?

Thats what I said. Just Ritarded.
Phil Lauffen
From The Bubble
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Feb 16, 2010
Smile for the camera.  Me topping out of Pice of C...
What do I hate most about rock climbing gyms?

People who hate rock climbing gyms yet still climb there and then bitch about it.
Chad Miller
From Grand Junction, CO
Joined Nov 8, 2006
149 points
Feb 16, 2010
Top of P2 Brass Balls - Spectrum Area Red Rocks NV...
getting to the top and touching a dust bunnied man-made wall edge instead of belaying my partner up and looking out on a magnificent vista.

btw-the short film at the beginning of this thread is worth a view. made me laugh out loud.
Dana Marie
From Cold Spring
Joined Mar 17, 2008
83 points
Feb 16, 2010
My kinda simian
Chad Miller wrote:
What do I hate most about rock climbing gyms? People who hate rock climbing gyms yet still climb there and then bitch about it.


This topic has been covered already in this thread. Hank climbs harder than you, so therefore your opinion, if different from Hanks, is invalid. Please hate something else about rock gyms, preferably whatever Hank hates.
Ryan Kelly
From work.
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Feb 16, 2010
Llama Races- Fairplay, Colorado
Ryan Kelly wrote:
This topic has been covered already in this thread. Hank climbs harder than you, so therefore your opinion, if different from Hanks, is invalid. Please hate something else about rock gyms, preferably whatever Hank hates.


It was just a topic question man. The Wife and I are on the way to the gym this evening, we actually love our time in the gym, I just thought that crappy tape jobs made my mind into jello. I don't climb harder than anybody and I would appreciate Ryan not using a monkey with a beer to taunt me! Chill people. Fuzzy bunnies, cool blue oceans, serenity now.......
Hank Caylor
From Golden, CO
Joined Dec 9, 2003
594 points
Feb 16, 2010
just Jong it!
Bobby Hanson wrote:
I know several people who have gotten infections after climbing the cracks there, one was hospitalized last year.


Oh man...sorry to hear someone got hospitalized...but I have called those things the "Staph Cracks" from the get go. Doesn't take a genius to figure out they could be unhealthy. No thanks.
Tea
Joined Feb 10, 2006
444 points
Feb 16, 2010
kevin murphy wrote:
Looks like Hanky has a FanBoy. CAUTION: If Duh stays anonymous, usually means he/she has alife size picture of you in his closet and pulls the old "Crying Game" in front of it. Fanboys at first will attack quite aggressively, but eventually tire themselves out, the scary part is duh is probably someone you know, with tiny little balls.


For the record, Any life sized picture, I may have in my closet, is of a much younger guy. I mean, come on, the hankster is forty and well into the decline. Sides... if Im going to 'pull the old Crying Game' I prefer guys that don't name drop and spray as much.

And yea, I am somebody Hank knows, unless he was to busy 'inventing the word spray' to notice who was climbing, biving and partying right next to him ' back in Rifle in the early 90's'.

As far as the size of my balls, check them out next time you are massaging my taint with your tounge.
duh
Joined Dec 27, 2006
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Feb 16, 2010
Phil Lauffen wrote:
I'm not cupping balls here, but if you call someone weak for editing a post while you're being an anonymous coward thats just ritarded. What? thats just RitARDed. Retard? Thats what I said. Just Ritarded.


Sorry my user name throws you into a tizzy. Just suck it up princess and try to pay attention, it makes your posts sound a lot less silly. Hank figured out and posted, who I am yesterday. Probably took him about 60 seconds to figure it out, I'm hardly anonymous.
duh
Joined Dec 27, 2006
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Feb 16, 2010
Ryan Kelly wrote:
This topic has been covered already in this thread. Hank climbs harder than you, so therefore your opinion, if different from Hanks, is invalid. Please hate something else about rock gyms, preferably whatever Hank hates.


heh... gud won A_B.
duh
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Feb 16, 2010
Vanagon
i hate that it's not acceptable to give a hi-five to someone who is on the route next to you. dameeser
From denver
Joined Sep 1, 2009
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Feb 17, 2010
1st Flatiron
This thread is great, thanks for posting, Hank. In gyms, I don't like seeing the large number of people using unsafe belaying techniques - and nobody approaches them to correct the danger, not even staff. A climbing gym consists of the local ***COMMUNITY*** Nathan McBride
From Boulder
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Feb 17, 2010
tomato, tomotto, kill mike amato.
anybody read the article about computer generated route setting in the latest issue of climbing? interesting results. slim
Joined Dec 1, 2004
2,067 points
Feb 17, 2010
Mathematical!
Hank Caylor wrote:
What do you hate most about rock gyms?


I have two main gripes with climbing at the gym. One is over crowding. It can be frustrating to wait and wait for a chance on that one new route. It's also aggravating when you're getting ready to pull the crux on a boulder problem in the cave, only to see someone watching you intently... right in your fall zone.

My other complaint is that it kills my shoes. As a poor social worker/student I can't afford a lot of gear. Luckily I've found some great local deals thanks to MP :)

(Also, after climbing at Momentum for a season, I switched to Rockreation, and found it to be a much higher quality experience, with more creative and challenging routes. At least that's my opinion :) )
Finn the Human
From The Land of Ooo
Joined Jul 11, 2008
123 points
Feb 17, 2010
Doing the jump-across off The Mace.  I never get t...
They hurt. I only climb indoors a couple times per year, but when I do I seem to walk out with a tweaked tendon somewhere. Mike
From Phoenix
Joined May 16, 2006
2,776 points
Feb 17, 2010
Me
Reachy routes/boulder problems. The routes at the gym here have grades that are pretty reasonable if you're 6 feet tall with a good-sized wingspan. If you're 5'8 or shorter, good luck finding anything over v0/5.9 that doesn't have an unintended crux throw to some hold or another. Jeremiah Johnson
From Hershey PA
Joined Aug 19, 2007
363 points
Feb 17, 2010
Me too!
1. Not being able to see the tape. Put the tape on top of the holds! I spend too much time/energy trying to find where my feet go because I can't see the tape below the holds from above.

2. The music! Good gawd! Would it really kill them to play some Napalm Death every once in a while? Sheesh!

3. Crowds. I went to Movement for the first time last week with Tits. It was a nut house!
J. Fox
From Black Hawk, CO
Joined Mar 29, 2007
1,525 points
Feb 17, 2010
Gym rats
I always seem to bash my elbows on massive holds
I climb a full number grade softer inside from outside
Gym rats
1up
From Wetumpka, Alabama
Joined Feb 10, 2010
35 points
Feb 18, 2010
You can love your rope but you can't "LOVE&qu...
John,

I had to watch that video several times and I still don't believe it....

"Serious gangsta skill on the mark". Oh brother.

I am glad I grew up in a period of (ancient) history when music had some, er, music in it.

Climbing gyms rule! At least I think they do; I have never been to one.
Lee Smith
Joined Sep 5, 2003
1,686 points
Feb 18, 2010
Climber Drawing
What do I hate most about rock gyms?
The climbing is inside, and being outside communing with nature is the very reason that I find climbing appealing.
I'd rather hike around outside in a blizzard than climb indoors.

What do I like the most about rock gyms?
It keeps the outdoor crags vacated on cold, snowy or rainy days.
I like to boulder caves on rainy days.
Tom Hanson
Joined Jan 1, 2001
1,125 points
Feb 18, 2010
Al the kiddies pal!
... the fact that they are indoors! Gabe Reagan
From Boulder, CO
Joined Feb 18, 2010
80 points
Feb 18, 2010
John, that video is the sickest example of gangster skill i've ever seen. Thank you. half-pad-mini-jug
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Feb 18, 2010
Llama Races- Fairplay, Colorado
Gabe, pimpin' is EASY! Hank Caylor
From Golden, CO
Joined Dec 9, 2003
594 points
Apr 9, 2010
I climb because I (for the most part) have a very strong dislike for people and love being outside so rock climbing facilitates my needs well. I've never been to a gym, can't understand the reason for going to the gym. I honestly don't understand at all. It's like paying to lift weights, pointless and unproductive. I think there's a rock gym 3 minutes from my house and I have no clue where the place is and wouldn't go if it was free.

So the things I hate most about the gym is it's unnatural, there are far too many humans there, it's inside, I'm guessing it stinks, the idea of dirty holds freaks me out, it's too controlled and it involves nothing I see as a reason to rock climb.
Adam Block
From Tucson, AZ
Joined Jul 5, 2008
1,350 points
Apr 9, 2010
Mens Crisis Center .12a
Gyms aren't all bad...it's been raining so f'in much here lately.

Plus, there is a far larger volume of ladies in a gym than outside. I wish the opposite were true, but...
Ian G.
From PDX, OR
Joined Apr 13, 2009
346 points
Apr 11, 2010
Sign near the Third Flatiron
The fact that they use the YDS to rate the climbs at all.

From the ASCA:

The use of outdoor rating systems in gyms is inappropriate and leads to safety issues

Modern climbers learning in a gym are often misled by the use of the YDS in indoor gyms. The use of the YDS inside is entirely inappropriate, as indoor gyms have little relation to outdoor climbing. Most people who learn in a gym and think they "climb 5.11" would likely DIE attempting a 5.0 chimney system first climbed in the 1930s. Because of this new generation of gym-educated climbers, the use of the lower 5th class ratings has fallen by the wayside, and modern climbing guidebooks typically condense all climbs formerly 5.0-5.6 into the 5.6 rating. A large number of accidents are directly attributable to the use of the YDS in climbing gyms.
Chris D
From the couch
Joined Apr 14, 2009
2,191 points


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