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Aug 21, 2012
Rob Gordon wrote:
Stepped on the scale yesterday and it rang up 198. Good god. That's like 30 pounds above my ideal weight for climbing. I'm still able to climb around V5, but certainly I'm about two grades off from my personal bests, and forget certain problems that require extreme finess on tiny holds. Got me thinking. Who here weighs over 190-200 and is able to climb, let's say, V7+ or 5.13+. Not talking onsight, just two or three sessions for the send. Can it be done?? Any famous climbers who are this heavy and crushing?

Bouldering harder than v7 is much easier than climbing 13+ IMHO. I'm usually between 190 and 200 and generally can boulder that hard with a few sessions, but have never been able to send 13+, not because I can't do the moves, but getting the required endurance to hang on for a long pumpy hard route is harder for us fat boys. 13- is not too terribly difficult though.
Joined Sep 14, 2010
190 points
Aug 21, 2012
I have been both over 200 and fat, there is a diff. Once climbing with largo.. he commented" we might rip the anchors" It's a bit arbitrary.. john Gill was for sure 180++ and climbed V9.. years ago.

Scott Blunk ?? He had better be 200+ at his height

I have done f/a's up tp 12+ at 200 and flashed same.
john strand
From southern colo
Joined May 22, 2008
2,390 points
Aug 22, 2012
Rock Climbing Photo: A grey fox skull wedged in a crack 100' up on a FA...
Eric Coffman wrote:
I'm glad you like my pics Mark!!

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Glenn Schuler
From Monument, Co.
Joined Jun 24, 2006
1,465 points
Aug 22, 2012
I did a quick google search of fat/overweight/obese climbers. Apparently they don't really exist. Even if you are large, probably not a whole lot of fat moving up that wall.

Some of what I found for your pleasure:

Rock Climbing Photo: fatclimber

Rock Climbing Photo: fatclimber2

Rock Climbing Photo: fatclimber3
Joined Jun 29, 2004
426 points
Aug 25, 2012
Rock Climbing Photo: Leading Blue Collar Crack.
I squash the scales at about 235. I'm fairly muscular and at 6'4" I have a good reach. Too bad I don't climb hard at all. Fuck those little tiny holds, I want to climb a ladder of rock. Garret Nuzzo-Jones
From Salt Lake City, UT
Joined Feb 9, 2012
1,572 points
Aug 25, 2012
Rock Climbing Photo: after the hard stuff, into cruiser hands.
Woodchuck ATC wrote:
Saw a guy who must have been 240 and 5'9", belaying a guy who was also near 220. Leading smoothly on 5.10 is pretty impressive in my opinion. I was doubtful they could get off the ground when I saw them in Muir Valley, RRG last week.

Then I guess I really impressed you... I'm around 205 (6'1") right now and I can still get up 11+ sport. I feel and climb my hardest around 175 though. Diet in progress...
From colorado
Joined Sep 17, 2010
239 points
Aug 25, 2012
Rock Climbing Photo: Out of the blue.  Photo by Mike W.
Nick Mardi wrote:
Then I guess I really impressed you... I'm around 205 (6'1") right now and I can still get up 11+ sport. I feel and climb my hardest around 175 though. Diet in progress...

That's just because you drink coffee on Boulder sidewalks and wear beannie hat.
Greg D
From Here
Joined Apr 5, 2006
999 points
Aug 25, 2012
Rock Climbing Photo: Once we landed we headed to Font to find a place t...
  • Being 5'9" and 240, leading 5.10 is a whole lot different than being 6'1", 205 and climbing 5.11+.
  • No way Petro weights 200, dude is short though still burly. Petro definitely climbed .13+, maybe .14-. I don't even know if those grades really existed when Largo was one of the top dogs.
  • I think Greg Loh told me that he was about 200lbs when he was into power lifting when he was in the Marines? However when he was cranking V12 and .13+/.14-(short things in American Fork) in the mid to late '90's I don't think he was that heavy, maybe 180. FWIW he always told me that if you have enough power you don't need endurance because all the moves are easy.
  • To the OP .13+ is closer to V10 and V7 is closer to .13-, might be why you have a few people chiming in that they do V7 but nobody commenting on .13+ or saying that they lack the endurance for it.
  • I have a hard time believing that Magnus is actually 5'8.5" since that is how tall I am and when I met him he seemed shorter, though he may slouch like a typical climber.

FWIW, when I travel to destination sport crags I typically feel short and fat, I'm 5'8.5" and 150-155, everyone is taller and thinner than I am, most recently I noticed this at both the Red River Gorge and Rodellar, seems like everyone is 6' and 140lbs.
From ABQ, NM
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