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What do you hate most about rock gyms?

half-pad-mini-jug · · crauschville · Joined Apr 2008 · Points: 1,740

John, that video is the sickest example of gangster skill i've ever seen. Thank you.

Hank Caylor · · Glenwood Springs, CO · Joined Dec 2003 · Points: 615

Gabe, pimpin' is EASY!

Adam Block · · Tucson, AZ · Joined Jul 2008 · Points: 1,255

I climb because I (for the most part) have a very strong dislike for people and love being outside so rock climbing facilitates my needs well. I've never been to a gym, can't understand the reason for going to the gym. I honestly don't understand at all. It's like paying to lift weights, pointless and unproductive. I think there's a rock gym 3 minutes from my house and I have no clue where the place is and wouldn't go if it was free.

So the things I hate most about the gym is it's unnatural, there are far too many humans there, it's inside, I'm guessing it stinks, the idea of dirty holds freaks me out, it's too controlled and it involves nothing I see as a reason to rock climb.

Ian G. · · PDX, OR · Joined Apr 2009 · Points: 280

Gyms aren't all's been raining so f'in much here lately.

Plus, there is a far larger volume of ladies in a gym than outside. I wish the opposite were true, but...

Chris D · · the couch · Joined Apr 2009 · Points: 2,230

The fact that they use the YDS to rate the climbs at all.

From the ASCA:

The use of outdoor rating systems in gyms is inappropriate and leads to safety issues

Modern climbers learning in a gym are often misled by the use of the YDS in indoor gyms. The use of the YDS inside is entirely inappropriate, as indoor gyms have little relation to outdoor climbing. Most people who learn in a gym and think they "climb 5.11" would likely DIE attempting a 5.0 chimney system first climbed in the 1930s. Because of this new generation of gym-educated climbers, the use of the lower 5th class ratings has fallen by the wayside, and modern climbing guidebooks typically condense all climbs formerly 5.0-5.6 into the 5.6 rating. A large number of accidents are directly attributable to the use of the YDS in climbing gyms.

Kilroywashere! London · · Harrisonburg, Virginia · Joined Oct 2009 · Points: 285

too many fatasses flailing on holds and talking about chili night...that sucks.

Scott O · · Anchorage · Joined Mar 2010 · Points: 70

Route ratings that are absurdly inflated. I don't hate this so much as find it irritating that people claim to be a 5.10 climber but flail hopelessly when I take them outside on a 5.6.

michaelmiller Miller · · PHOENIX, AZ · Joined Feb 2010 · Points: 35
Brian Janezic wrote:sums it up:…
Best response i have ever seen on a climbing website.
Alex Bury · · Ojai, CA · Joined Jun 2012 · Points: 2,231

I love this thread.

dano72 · · Colorado Springs, CO · Joined Jun 2012 · Points: 5

too much dubstep.

Tim Stich · · Colorado Springs, Colorado · Joined Jan 2001 · Points: 1,471
dano72 wrote:too much dubstep.
Not a fan of dubstep myself, and I've given quite a lot of it a listen. I prefer techno or EBM in the climbing gym, ja.
Bob Dobalina · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jun 2009 · Points: 140

Gyms are inside... and that's a huge problem for me.

Alan Doak · · boulder, co · Joined Oct 2007 · Points: 105

I hate that the gyms delude me into thinking I can send any 5.12 that I get on outside. So cruel. Dangerous too, I might end up on Southern Belle and eff up both of my legs.

todd w · · Unknown Hometown · Joined May 2008 · Points: 0

i like gyms

chuffnugget · · Bolder, CO · Joined Sep 2011 · Points: 0

The smell

Brad Caldwell · · Deep in the Jocassee Gorges · Joined May 2010 · Points: 1,285

Gyms suck all around! If I cant climb outside, I dont want to climb indoors because its a gym and there is always a bunch of gumby idiots, bad music and horribly set routes that makes me wish I would have just went straight to the bar and spent my day pass fees on an extra couple of beers! If you dont live anywhere near real rock, I can see enjoying a gym...but to someone that lives 30 minutes from over 2000 boulder routes and hundreds of roped routes, its like masturbating to a porn while a hot chick is naked, ready and willing right in front of you!!!

Sir Wanksalot · · County Jail · Joined Sep 2011 · Points: 10
Brad Caldwell wrote:Gyms suck all around! its like masturbating to a porn while a hot chick is naked, ready and willing right in front of you!!!
But what if you're both masturbating? That sounds fun! I like the gym now...
Matt R · · Downingtown, PA · Joined Jan 2013 · Points: 0

The dude that runs it is kinda mean. He doesn't seem to like people. And then also, I would climb outside, but I don't know who to climb with.. And plus, the nearest place to climb is like 45+ minutes away.

Josh Cameron · · California · Joined Nov 2010 · Points: 1,120

The thing I hate most about plasticgyms is the, um, gym.

David Gibbs · · Ottawa, ON · Joined Aug 2010 · Points: 2
Alexander B. wrote:I love this thread.
The thing I hate most about gyms is thread resurrection from three years ago.
Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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