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By C. Archibald
Dec 7, 2012
Leading On the Up and Up

In college, my friend Tim always told girls it was his first time, so they didn't burden him with high expectations.

I take the same approach with climbing. I tell people I climb 5.6. That way if I send anything harder, it looks like I'm really crushing.


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By Tom Fralich
From Fort Collins, CO
Dec 7, 2012

This post might be the most grammatically incorrect formulation of a question that I've ever seen. You may climb 5.whatever, but you speak English at around a 5.3 level.


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By matt davies
Dec 7, 2012

Tom Fralich wrote:
This post might be the most grammatically incorrect formulation of a question that I've ever seen. You may climb 5.whatever, but you speak English at around a 5.3 level.

This post might be the most aggresively perfunctory critique of the title of a post I've seen. If you're going to spray about your precise adherence to the rigors of the English language, you should recognize that the OP writes at around a 5.3 level.


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By David Houston
From Boulder, Colorado
Dec 7, 2012
J-Tree

I usually joke that I climb 5.11 in Clear Creek, 5.10 in Eldo and 5.9 in the Park, but that is actually not far from the truth.

By Mia's standard I'd have to add 5.8 offwidth!


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By James Crump
Dec 7, 2012

I comfortably climbs 5.9seatsofa with a 65" Sony XBR

Its all casual and if you don't believe me ask Pilo or Hank!


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By JohnnyG
Dec 7, 2012

I don't think it's that weird or lame or dorky to ask someone what grade they climb. We all agree that grades are not that big of a deal, right? That is, are you going to think more or less of a person by how hard he climbs?

So why not just ask the question? Or just answer it.

That's a lot more direct than asking leading questions like "what climbs are you working on?" Or talking about how great such and such climb is when what you really mean to say is "I climbed an 11c"


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By Johnny All
Dec 7, 2012

I personally will go much lower on what I say I can lead or follow. Why? I am a noob. And I just wanna have fun and climb. Even if its below what I can do


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By Colonel Mustard
From Reno, NV
Dec 8, 2012
Colonel Mustard

JohnnyG wrote:
That's a lot more direct than asking leading questions like "what climbs are you working on?" Or talking about how great such and such climb is when what you really mean to say is "I climbed an 11c"


Talking about specific climbs is all the fun though. All these "must do" climbs we do serve as touchstones of shared experience, and are really a more honest gauge of what you climb.

Specific climbs entail specific styles, strengths, and techniques, and that along with whether you're working it, sent it in a few goes, or casually onsighted it tell us a lot more than an abstract grade ever will. You don't literally climb numbers, do you?

But, yeah, sometimes a spraydown is just a spraydown.


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By chosspector
From San Juans, CO
Dec 8, 2012

Nic, your profile says you lead 5.9 trad and toprope 12a sport. So, do you tell people you climb 5.8? I always think it's funny when people's profiles say they toprope three number grades harder than they lead...Might as well admit that you're just a toproper


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By NorCalNomad
From San Francisco
Dec 8, 2012

Princess Mia wrote:
Grades only count if you include how hard you crank on off-widths.......


this is a good answer.

You know I bet if we called up Rock n Resole they would know, who's got the number?


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By Stich
From Colorado Springs, Colorado
Dec 8, 2012
Coffee after freezing our asses off near James Peak.

Princess Mia wrote:
Grades only count if you include how hard you crank on off-widths.......


Indeed, otherwise you have to add the disclaimer.


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By Ben Brotelho
From Albany, NY
Dec 8, 2012
Epic free solo with a pack on

Jon Moen: there is nothing over 4 pitches within 6 hrs of Golden Colorado?? How is that possible?


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By Ben Brotelho
From Albany, NY
Dec 8, 2012
Epic free solo with a pack on

Oh nevermind Jake Jones said that...confuzed


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By Dana Bartlett
From CT
Dec 8, 2012

matt davies wrote:
This post might be the most aggresively perfunctory critique of the title of a post I've seen. If you're going to spray about your precise adherence to the rigors of the English language, you should recognize that the OP writes at around a 5.3 level.


Good work.


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By Tony B
From Around Boulder, CO
Dec 8, 2012
Got Milk? How about forearm pump? Tony leads "Alan Nelson's Bulging Belly" (5.10, X) on the Lost and Found Flatiron. Belayer is Mark Ruocco. Photo by Bill Wright, 10/06.

Jake Jones wrote:
Hahaha! Touche Tony. Valid point I suppose, but still, I've never been specifically asked.

camhead wrote:
Last climb I fell off of was an 11c. So, I'm a 10c climber.

Just bustin' your balls... Pointing out that in certain contexts, we all talk about grades at some point, and what we say depends on the situation.


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By Spam
Dec 8, 2012

(with a lisp) ....in this context the grades are specific to the situations
Tsss
Bhahahahaha


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By IronMan
Dec 8, 2012

I say the hardest grade I've climbed in the last month


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By ian watson
From Albuquerque, NM
Dec 10, 2012

Whatever the other person says add a grade, Climbing is highly competitive and your dominance needs to be established early. They climb 5.4 you climb 5.5 they climb 5.10c you climb 5.10d . If they see you struggle up a 5.7 when you said you climb 5.13 tell them your hung-over, sick, Just not “feeling” it today.


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By ian watson
From Albuquerque, NM
Dec 10, 2012

Guy Keesee wrote:
5.15C is my standard answer. I don't wish to brag.



Example: I remember back when I was climbing 5.15c took me a bit to climb 5.15d where I am climbing now.


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By GMBurns
Dec 10, 2012
Climbing at Morro Anhangava in Southern Brasil. <br /> <br />(photo by Isa Vellozo)

camhead wrote:
It's simple. You take the easiest climb that you've fallen on in the last six months, and subtract a number from it. That's the grade that you climb. Next question, please?


Shit.

I tripped walking to class the other day and haven't climbed in six months. I'm less than a walker. I NEED a walker.

For what it's worth, I just tell people "not hard" and let them go from there.


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By Buff Johnson
Dec 10, 2012
smiley face

For the record, I've never seen anyone crank a real offwidth.


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By robrobrobrob
Dec 11, 2012

Yeah.. not really crank so much as grovel upwards while praying.


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By Portwood
From Your moms house last night
Feb 7, 2013
Me

I was having a conversation with a guy over the phone whom I hadn't climbed with before. I asked him about his qualifications (experience) for climbing a mixed ice route we were considering climbing togethere. His answer: "I mean, I climb 5.11 in the gym..."


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By richard magill
Feb 7, 2013
Mountain Bike Action!

5.fun


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By JPVallone
Feb 7, 2013

F&%king Hard!!!


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