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General Climbing Discussion

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Definition of Onsight 26-Feb-2009 At 4:40:32 PM oweng
I consider that ive onsighted a route if ive climbed the route in the state ive found it in.

What I mean by this is, if we arrived at the cliff, and the draws were on a sport route already, or a couple of pieces of natural gear were in place on a route, then if I climb them cleanly its an onsight.

If we arrive just as somebody is finishing a route, and they offer to leave the draws on, or leave some natural gear in the route, then thats not an onsight.

Same with tick marks. If they were put there for you, I dont consider it an onsight, but if you arrive and they are there, you can only climb the route in the condition it is presented to you.

Im also a big fan of downclimbing. There is a climb at Coles Bay called Light Fingered Maddison. I would have had about 6 onsight attempts spread over two or three years on this single climb. On the last attept I took a fall. Still angry and bitter.

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