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Back in 1989, I had a friend in the Boy Scouts who encouraged me and a bunch of friends to go camping. Few years later, in 1991, I discovered rock climbing and whitewater kayaking. Sadly, I never did manage to keep kayaking, nor did I ever own a kayak (nor have I lived near a decent river or lake).

I still camp on seldom occasions. And I have been able to keep climbing now and then. Due to some lack of discipline (and being prone to adopting new hobbies), I've never really been good at it though.

I've climbed a few 5.10b's (YDS) maybe stretching up to 5.10d; but for practical purposes, I'm quite the beginner as far as climbing skills go.


Oct
10
comment Why are indoor climbing grades easier?
@Val, didn't know that. Perhaps I should consider my long-overdue climbing trip to Europe (or anywhere else, really). Are these "modern" gyms different at all? Or have they just attracted more clients?
Oct
9
comment Why are indoor climbing grades easier?
Nice answer. My take on gyms is that they're especially useful to train: do repetitions and have your body learn and strengthen. They are designed for that.
Aug
28
accepted How to safely mark a rope
Aug
27
awarded  Nice Question
Aug
27
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Aug
26
comment How to safely mark a rope
Is the glue on electrical tape (or duct-tape) safe for the rope?
Aug
26
comment Do Half/Twin/Double Ropes get Middle Marked?
I had the urge to ask: how do you mark your rope? So I posted this question.
Aug
26
asked How to safely mark a rope
Aug
18
comment Dealing with large runouts during sport climbing
Top-roping should be an option; especially if you think it's a dangerous climb (and assuming you can set it up beforehand).
Jul
31
comment What are creative uses for retired carabiners?
You are right, of course. However, there are answers here (like the coat rack by @pheidlauf) which gives the retired carabiner a good use and is unlikely to be mistaken with a good one.
Jul
11
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Apr
14
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Apr
12
awarded  Yearling
Mar
28
comment What to do at the top of a sport climb
Of the two answers provided so far, one involves leaving the top-rope for the next climber, while the other one explains cleaning the route (no more climbers). Which one were you asking? Maybe both?
Feb
11
comment Reference request: books on self-rescue while climbing
Since answers are supposed to be in English, I'll leave this as a comment. If you happen to know Spanish, I recommend this great book - ISBN: 9788487746918 (title translates to: Prevention, Security, and Self-rescue).
Dec
9
comment Rock Climbing - Beginner's Guide for Quick Improvement?
+1 And I'd also recommend leaving the gym and going out to a natural rock; and if possible try different type of rocks.
Nov
20
comment Cramping Fingers
I usually experience cramping every time I re-start climbing after long pauses; and it does feel to me as Benedikt is on the right track. Maybe it would also help to do more/better warm up exercises for your fingers? (you do warm up your fingers, right?)
Aug
19
comment How dangerous is it to fall 3 meters when lead climbing?
+1 for mentioning different scenarios. Only injure I've ever had was a pendulum swing where my ankle got stuck in the belayer's rope.
Jul
19
comment What to teach someone who wants to start lead climbing?
Thanks for your input @crasic. Do note that the accepted answer is a community wiki. Could you include your recommendations to that answer?
Jul
6
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