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employing climbing skills in non-climbing life

Paradise
22/11/2005
1:38:04 PM
Last night as I stumbled off to bed I came across a FARKING MASSIVE WHITE TAIL SPIDER ambling out of the ever growing pile of climbing/camping gear on my bedroom floor :( Iím not a huge fan of spiders (though I respect their ecological niche) so wasnít thrilled at the prospect of getting the bloody thing outside. I found myself employing many of the methods I use when climbing to approach the situation;
- assess the situation from a comfortable position and devise a plan of attack
- determine the equipment required for the task and have it readily at hand
- stay calm-more chance of stuffing up if I panic!
- some positive self-talk and visualisation
- a few deep breaths then pull through the crux!
Ok so it may have been a more serious grade if it was a Sydney funnel web! But the spider ended up outside and I remained calm and in control despite a little irrational fear :)

How have you guys found youíve employed techniques/skill learnt while climbing in non-climbing life?

neats
22/11/2005
1:45:06 PM
LOL! you crack me up Trish!!
mockmockmock
22/11/2005
2:01:23 PM
>- determine the equipment required for the task and have it readily at
>hand


I have to ask.. did you use a hex or nut for that placement? Personally I'd just use a foot jam!

Ralph

Paradise
22/11/2005
2:27:21 PM
On 22/11/2005 mockmockmock wrote:
>>- determine the equipment required for the task and have it readily at
>>hand
>
>
>I have to ask.. did you use a hex or nut for that placement? Personally
>I'd just use a foot jam!
>
>Ralph

The bastard was so big I was worried about staining the carpet!!!! (rental property) and didn't want to kill it - changed my mind when I noted the proximity of my open window to the release area :(

Tools required = one drinking glass and one Simon Carter climbing calendar quickly removed from the wall :)

anthonyk
22/11/2005
3:09:52 PM
On 22/11/2005 Paradise wrote:
>The bastard was so big I was worried about staining the carpet!!!! (rental
>property) and didn't want to kill it - changed my mind when I noted the
>proximity of my open window to the release area :(
>
>Tools required = one drinking glass and one Simon Carter climbing calendar
>quickly removed from the wall :)
>

yeaow unpleasant. i had a big hairy one walk across my bedroom floor at 2am not too long ago, but using a glass was out of the question, had to go a trangia pot instead because it was so big. i went for more of the "try not to think" approach and just go for it. but wielding a trangia pot with one sweaty hand over a big scary spider is not so reassuring, prolly should have chalked up a bit first. my flatmate has just been parading that she's been learning to catch wolf spiders by hand so maybe i'll get her on spider duty next time.

shaggy
22/11/2005
3:14:37 PM
Trish, your such a girl!

I thought you were tougher than that!

**sitting back, awaiting female mocking**

Romfrantic
22/11/2005
3:17:29 PM
On 22/11/2005 anthonyk wrote:
>... my flatmate has just been parading
>that she's been learning to catch wolf spiders by hand ...

yeah, with gloves on ....L certainly managed to pick up some great skills out bush ;-p

* reaches for some chalk to calm the sweaty palms with all this spider talk/thought ;-p *...yes, I'm a real girl when it comes to big, hairy spiders!
Onsight
22/11/2005
3:26:03 PM
On 22/11/2005 Paradise wrote:
>Tools required = one drinking glass and one Simon Carter climbing calendar
>quickly removed from the wall :)

EXCELLENT STUFF!!! What a versitile piece of equipment those calendars are too eh. Imagine what you cold have done with a book!

Paradise
22/11/2005
3:41:42 PM
On 22/11/2005 shaggy wrote:
>Trish, your such a girl!
>
>I thought you were tougher than that!
>
>**sitting back, awaiting female mocking**

You'll keep Shaggy!!! (that's the best I can come up with at the moment-work is requiring brain today :( ) Just remember I know you're never ever secrets-no wait, you know mine as well-that doesn't work :( Maybe next time you could come around and challenge the spider to a hair off!!!!

Good call with the book Simon, I should make another entry comp entry :)

Sabu
22/11/2005
3:49:49 PM
lol i used to keep huntsmans in a plastic cage in my room. it was bitch when they escaped while trying to feed them....
i even had one that laid eggs in the cage didn't hatch though probably my fault too!

Paradise
22/11/2005
4:08:38 PM
You're a freaky dude sabu!

steph
22/11/2005
4:31:40 PM
tell me about it. it was only cos of me that he finally got rid of the damn thing and its unborn eggs. eww!!!

anthonyk
22/11/2005
4:36:41 PM
On 22/11/2005 Onsight wrote:
>On 22/11/2005 Paradise wrote:
>>Tools required = one drinking glass and one Simon Carter climbing calendar
>>quickly removed from the wall :)
>
>EXCELLENT STUFF!!! What a versitile piece of equipment those calendars
>are too eh. Imagine what you cold have done with a book!

calenders for the considerate and books for the unforgiving.

so versatile!

all we need now is the onsight carpet cleaner to make a complete spider-removal suite :)

kerroxapithecus
22/11/2005
8:23:33 PM
On 22/11/2005 shaggy wrote:
>Trish, your such a girl!
>
>I thought you were tougher than that!
>
>**sitting back, awaiting female mocking**

yeah...with gloves on tooo.....the boxing kind..**boom, boom, boom, donk!**

hey shaggy you're such a bloke....I thought you were more poofy than that!

you asked for it!!!!!! :)))

Sabu
22/11/2005
8:54:46 PM
On 22/11/2005 Paradise wrote:
>You're a freaky dude sabu!
why thank you, i used to stroke them as well just as long as they didn't run too much!!

On 22/11/2005 steph wrote:
>tell me about it. it was only cos of me that he finally got rid of the
>damn thing and its unborn eggs. eww!!!

i still hav the egg sack, i have refrained from cutting it open to see wats inside, it sits inside a jar with the shed skin of one of my spiders.
kieranl
22/11/2005
9:03:25 PM
Applicable climbing skill : Look for someone else to lead the nasty, chossy, off-width pitch.

Spiders are the equivalent of being landed at the foot of the Sundial (grampians). It is so disgusting that you have to find someone else to do it.



shaggy
22/11/2005
10:43:51 PM
On 22/11/2005 kerroxapithecus wrote:
>
>yeah...with gloves on tooo.....the boxing kind..**boom, boom, boom, donk!**
>
>hey shaggy you're such a bloke....I thought you were more poofy than that!
>
>you asked for it!!!!!! :)))

He he he he, Thats better, I was starting to get a little dissapointed that there were no bites. :P

tepas
23/11/2005
6:54:30 AM
I've recently been renovating my house, and have found my climbing skills have come in handy on many occasions. A good sense of balance and a willingness to hang off stuff has been particularly helpful while painting and doing other stuff on ladders.

(Oh... and being able to write off time spend digging holes, shifting dirt and breaking concrete as "training" gives those activities a little much needed appeal)

Super Saiyan
23/11/2005
10:50:31 AM
cleaning gutters!

Running dyno off wall to verandah lip, control the swing with body tension, throw a heel, assistant hands you the bucket and shovel, throw that onto roof, and then mantle out (crux)

Then lock off right arm to lower yourself off, then drop to ground...

steph
23/11/2005
10:59:07 AM
Painting my house (as a friend and I are currently doing). Most of it is just a ladder job but the pagola....that's another story. Laybacking off the slats to reach those impossible corners, lock-offs from the support beams, and extreme balance for the top. It was a pain of a job but it sounds like I quite enjoyed it as an afterthought :) Any excuse to climb.

Also when we were cleaning the exterior of the house, I set up a mobile anchor point off the roof using daisy chains, slings, crabs, biners and a quickdraw or 2 to hold the bucket etc so we didn't have to go up and down ladders all day.

So I suggest if anyone has spare time and wants a job they can do - try painting houses. or not. my 2 cents :p

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