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General Climbing Discussion

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Gear freaks 28-Aug-2009 At 9:55:08 AM juanes
On 28/08/2009 egosan wrote:
>So at hardrock CBD tonight, I saw a climber wearing a head lamp. I only
>top rope so I have
>to take the word of the climbing instructor who said that many lead climbers
>like to more
>fully simulate climbing on real rock by wearing the stuff they would actually
>wear outside. I
>have to admit that it looked pretty fruity. Especially since the leader
>put the head lamp on
>after he had chalked his hands. I wonder what he was training for. The
>route was only a 23
>but he spent 30 minutes at a stance 3/4 of the way up. Mattjr was there,
>maybe he would
>like to comment.

The man with the head lamp was probably training not to forget it!

Nothing more upsetting than being caught out 3/4 of the way up a climb only to realize you left your two headlamps at the bottom of the crag. Then having to wait for a full moon to come out so you could bail; on the easier route next door.

The route was only a 23! Most casual climbers like my self aspire to maintain climbing fitness to lead 19-24, and I end up doing a lot of dogging on the upper range.

I say let the man train at the gym which ever way he chooses. After all gym climbing is just training.

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