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Apr 13, 2011
A short M4 climb in the School Room @ Ouray
Why do you climb?

We all have our own reasons.
Some to get out into nature, some to get high, some to get high (other kind), some to climb the hardest, some because it's fun, so on and so on.


What's yours?
Keith H. North
From Englewood, CO
Joined Mar 29, 2010
146 points
Apr 13, 2011
route photo
Why does one not climb? Brent Butcher
Joined Nov 18, 2010
314 points
Apr 13, 2011
A short M4 climb in the School Room @ Ouray
Because one is old, because one got hurt climbing, because one has mental issues? Keith H. North
From Englewood, CO
Joined Mar 29, 2010
146 points
Apr 13, 2011
Nice view
It's too much fun not to and the people you meet usually aren't too bad either:) Owen Darrow
From Garmisch,
Joined Feb 22, 2010
1,933 points
Apr 13, 2011
Keith H. North wrote:
Why do you climb?


So I can brag about it and offer mediocre advice to total strangers thousands of miles away from me on the intardwebz.
Yarp
Joined Jan 16, 2011
6 points
Apr 13, 2011
Haul Bag
Sorry but I couldn't resist the setup
Matt Marino
From Georgetown, MA
Joined Jan 4, 2010
17 points
Apr 13, 2011
Tough Mantle Problem.  Haven't sent yet...
Because everything else in my life is subjective.

With climbing, you can objectively see your progress. One day you can't make it up something, then you train, and eventually you can.

It is a great reminder that many man hours of hard work are the only way to improve or excel at anything.
Rob Gordon
From Hollywood, CA
Joined Feb 2, 2009
138 points
Apr 13, 2011
"This definitely beats lying in a pile of saw...
I climb because it's the one place that I think I can escape Chuck Norris?


Chuck Norris eats rocks
Chuck Norris eats rocks
Ben Walburn
Joined Jul 13, 2007
596 points
Apr 13, 2011
Crux Move
the chicks dig it.

And I dig the chicks.

Brooke after 3rd pitch traverse.
Brooke after 3rd pitch traverse.
Phil Lauffen
From The Bubble
Joined Jun 20, 2008
2,133 points
Administrator
Apr 13, 2011
Llama Races- Fairplay, Colorado
The Larry wrote:
That hasn't stopped me from climbing.


Meh, same here.
Hank Caylor
From Golden, CO
Joined Dec 9, 2003
594 points
Administrator
Apr 13, 2011
Insurrection, 5.14c.  Photo Adam Sanders.
Phil Lauffen wrote:
the chicks dig it. And I dig the chicks.


Dude, what happened to the eye candy??
Monomaniac
From Morrison, CO
Joined Oct 26, 2006
17,258 points
Apr 13, 2011
Little Black Dike, February 2013
My joking response used to be "because its way better than sex".

My coworker in the gym was asked this same question so he yells over to me "hey zac, tell her why do you like climbing so much" So i shout back and half way through the response I remembered I was at work and need to censure my self, so my response was.

"Hell, because its way better than.....anything else"

I've often tried to express the complex reasons why climbing is so amazing and life changing but i've never been able to. I think settling on "because its way better than anything else"
BSU_Zac
From Cedar City, UT
Joined Mar 26, 2010
183 points
Apr 13, 2011
A short M4 climb in the School Room @ Ouray
You know, I have never thought about having sex with a mountain, actually I haven't even thought about having sex on a mountain either. :) Keith H. North
From Englewood, CO
Joined Mar 29, 2010
146 points
Apr 13, 2011
Bob's Been to Joshua Tree!
That Shatner clip was close, but this is the money shot!

Please say four times: Capitan Kirk is climbing a mountain, why is he climbing the mountain?
BrianH
From Santa Fe NM
Joined Aug 17, 2009
54 points
Apr 13, 2011
Crux Move
Monomaniac wrote:
Dude, what happened to the eye candy??


Everyone has already seen that one. Variety is the spice of life.

By popular demand....

Brooke climbing the third pitch dihedral in excell...
Brooke climbing the third pitch dihedral in excellent form.
Phil Lauffen
From The Bubble
Joined Jun 20, 2008
2,133 points
Administrator
Apr 13, 2011
Llama Races- Fairplay, Colorado
Phil Lauffen wrote:
Everyone has already seen that one. Variety is the spice of life. By popular demand....


By popular demand+1
Brooke looks like a good reason to climb, Phil.
Hank Caylor
From Golden, CO
Joined Dec 9, 2003
594 points
Apr 13, 2011
Because it's there. . . Steve Williams
From Denver, CO
Joined Jul 15, 2005
61 points
Apr 13, 2011
mmmm....tree
Because I can. Joe Huggins
From Grand Junction
Joined Oct 4, 2001
177 points
Apr 13, 2011
Anyone ever look at trad climbing as a puzzle with physics and math.
I know it sounds super James May lame, but setting up anchors, placing gear, it's all very fun in the mathematical mind sense. Not mention route finding and what not.
But there's nothing like a good vertical challenge with a passsion of getting up mountains and faces that even I cannot explain.
tomde01
From New York
Joined Mar 16, 2011
3 points
Apr 13, 2011
As the dog returneth to its own vomit, we return to the rock time and time again......(it's a bad habit.....besides;.....what else do we have to do with ourselves.........TV and beer, I suppose, but we can do that in the evening.....)... toddgordon
From Joshua Tree, California
Joined Nov 26, 2006
9,929 points
Apr 13, 2011
Bellying on the Wedge.
tomde01 wrote:
Anyone ever look at trad climbing as a puzzle with physics and math. I know it sounds super James May lame, but setting up anchors, placing gear, it's all very fun in the mathematical mind sense. Not mention route finding and what not. But there's nothing like a good vertical challenge with a passsion of getting up mountains and faces that even I cannot explain.


this sounds like torture. i think i have the cognitive complexity of a rabbit when im climbing. of course i also have the cognitive complexity of a rabbit when trying to do homework.
Ted Farley
From Bozeman, Mt
Joined Feb 19, 2010
17 points
Apr 14, 2011
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Everything you ever wanted to know about "why we climb"

My reason is that I enjoy having the ability to take myself places that people won't be. For me it's more about the solitude than the actual climbing (I get the same things from sailing and riding motorcycle). While I'm climbing I'm responsible for my own actions and can't rely on other people to assist me (other than my belayer :D)
Matthew Carlson
Joined Jul 3, 2009
3 points
Apr 14, 2011
to escape the tyranny of petty things...............
oh, and for the perks
jack roberts
Joined Oct 30, 2002
62 points
Apr 14, 2011
Me doing my Jits thing (what I do when not climbin...
I second phil... now I just wish my wife enjoyed it as much as I do. JitsClimber
From Broomfield,Co
Joined Mar 9, 2011
17 points
Apr 14, 2011
Getting ready to climb!
Because boys dig chicks that climb... Jasmine Kall
Joined Nov 7, 2008
50 points
Apr 14, 2011
Hanging out waiting for Die Antwoord to come on st...
To bag more peaks and because participating in inherently dangerous activities with you life partner generally keeps the petty squabbles to a minimum. The second ended up being an accidental perk, but sure is nice :) Alicia Sokolowski
From Brooklyn, NY
Joined Aug 11, 2010
420 points


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