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Mar 20, 2011
2.40+ yrs.
3. yes
4. 12a
Jeff Bevan
Joined Jan 1, 2000
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Mar 21, 2011
A day in the creek
Question #1. Yes
Question #2. 1.5

Question #3. Yes, sport, gym

Question #4. 5.12- (does that count?)
From Denver, CO
Joined Mar 18, 2009
96 points
Mar 21, 2011
1) yes
2) 3 years
3) yes, outdoors, sport
4) 13a (12b clean) (11- trad)
From Wherever we park!
Joined Jul 12, 2008
352 points
Mar 21, 2011
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Chiming in with what Rich said above, with a more specific example: if the question you're trying to answer is "how long will it take me, the average climber, to get to 5.12?" you won't get the answer from these data.

One reason for that (among many) is that as a piddling 5.8 leader who manages a few 5.9s and maybe a 5.10 every now & then, I ruled myself out of eligibility for answering this poll. Clearly, you're not interested in me. So your sample won't include a lot of people like me, and will not answer the question you're asking.

On the other hand, if you're asking "how long has the average 5.12 leader been climbing?", you've got other sources of bias, including the large grain of salt with which you should take the responses here, the variance between grading at different areas, and the likely inverse relationship between peak climbing ability and time at a keyboard/internet.
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Mar 21, 2011
Bunny pancake

20 years


Mike McKinnon
From Golden, CO
Joined Aug 27, 2003
122 points
Mar 21, 2011
Leading up pitch 2 of Moby Dick, Cochise Stronghol...
1. Yes...both
2. 4 years
3. Yes.
4. .12a limestone sport. 5.8 Trad
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