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Trad Climbing Club? 12-Apr-2013 At 3:27:51 AM pedro.c
On 11/04/2013 One day Hero wrote:
>Two problems mate, liability if your proteges axe themselves, and spending
>your life organising outings for a bunch of unintentionally suicidal, overly
>dependant, boring idiots.

I see plenty of benefits to the climbing community if such a group existed.

Since joining this forum several weeks ago I've read an overwhelming number of complaints from a small number of climbers. Most of the comments appear to be an effort to educate the rest of the community, to gain respect and support. Insulting them won't get you there.

Most climbers, new to the sport, do not enter it climbing traditionally. A trad club like this, that was open to having lesser experienced trad climbers on board like me, could attract members of the community with aspirations to climb trad but not the confidence, skills, gear or climbing partner. I've read a few comments on the forum from reasonably experienced sport climbers who indicate they'd be intersted.

A sport climber has a limited number of climbs available. To access more climbs they can choose to bolt more or climb higher grades. The easier option in my view is to get a rack and have a go at the innumerable climbs already available. Increasing climbs available to me more than a drill will.

Trad climbing can only benefit from a club like this. It won't benefit however with ODH online referring to anyone who'd like to give it a go as "boring idiots."

Makizza. I doubt giving the club an ambiguous name is helpful.

If you want to see climbing maintain it's traditions and codes then getting behind and supporting a club like this would be a great start. If you want to bring more climbers around to your line of thinking then you could try sharing your knowledge in the field.

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