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Chockstone Forum - General Discussion

General Climbing Discussion

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MarcusfromHamilton
15/07/2012
4:07:38 PM
I was recently asked by a friend what the appeal of rock climbing was. I really had nothing solid to give him and the 'If you have to ask you'll never know' just wouldn't cut it. I was wondering if any of the more Literature gifted climbers could give me a hand. cheers
patto
15/07/2012
6:36:30 PM
Some people enjoy climbing. I climbed trees as a kid. Climbing, especially trad climbing, provides enjoyment from problem solving, but here the problems have serious consequences.

E. Wells
15/07/2012
7:34:16 PM
I like to hear all my joints cracking and popping and my hamstrings ball up into cramps and my knuckles ache and my toes deform into triangular calouses and my tips bleed and the back of my hands bleed and its also enjoyable to think I might die,and then not die, then think that simply being alive is invigorating because I didnt die. Not dying is great. So is climbing.
crm114
15/07/2012
8:19:50 PM
Physical and mental challenge. Better than doing curls in a gym and with problem solving (gear and just reading the climb). Learning about ropes, gravity and fall factors and such stuff. Keeping your fear in check and head in gear on the hard stuff. Lazily oozing up stuff when it is all working right. Chipping away and calling it good training when it is not. Meeting some well good people from all walks of life and having plenty of stories to tell (and beer to drink) later around the camp fire ('cept in summer). For those that like it, bush-walking for no extra cost. Giving you something to think about in the slow bits when you are snookered into a church visit (wedding, funerals etc) - wondering whether you could climb sections of wall etc.
Olbert
15/07/2012
9:11:07 PM
On 15/07/2012 dangermouth wrote:
>I like to hear all my joints cracking and popping and my hamstrings ball
>up into cramps and my knuckles ache and my toes deform into triangular
>calouses and my tips bleed and the back of my hands bleed and its also
>enjoyable to think I might die,and then not die, then think that simply
>being alive is invigorating because I didnt die. Not dying is great. So
>is climbing.

Is that a quote, or did you make that up yourself? Either way - gold!
widewetandslippery
15/07/2012
9:18:33 PM
I thought douglas adams gave the answer as 2
maadness
15/07/2012
9:36:05 PM
It makes beer taste better
Olbert
15/07/2012
9:46:53 PM
TonyH
16/07/2012
8:33:08 AM
Olbert, you nailed it. Perfect answer.
One Day Hero
16/07/2012
9:55:28 AM
Hey Oli, don't you think it would have been more appropriate to post a picture of climbing, rather than that shot of you standing on a bolted wheelchair ramp?

Climbing; it either grabs you or it doesn't. Just swap the activity to something which you have no interest in. Stamp collecting, medieval re-creationism, whatever. Now imagine someone trying to sell that to you in the same way you're trying to sell climbing to someone who thinks it's stupid.........

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