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Strange denizens of the gym/crag

Brassmonkey · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jan 2012 · Points: 115

Kedron, I made sure it was a nameless and faceless pic. Its not a novel idea as they said, but is was funny to see her laying down with a pack on her back while belaying. Then when she was tethered to it it clearly didn't weigh too much and was just funny to see it getting pulled around swinging a bit and what not. I promise you it was not with cruel intentions and was meant to kind of get people posting funny things they saw, not cruel things about people.

Mark I teach high school in the inner city, I would get eaten alive by the students here if I didn't have a good sense of humor about myself! If you snag a pic of me that's funny I'd be the first to say post it up, I don't care. But you have to get one first.

Brassmonkey · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jan 2012 · Points: 115…

There are 59 pages though, lots to read unfortunately. Some are gems, talking about old guys using hair dryers to dry their balls in the locker room with a leg up on a bench or people swimming with very noticeable, um, erections in their speedos. Some only regular swimmers might get I guess though so it might not be as funny to non-swimmers.
MorganH · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Sep 2010 · Points: 170
chuck claude wrote:Good thing the guy in JohnWilders photo has a helmet on... Never know when those holds will just fall off
I actually almost got beaned by a huge jug that snapped at the Seattle VW the other day. I was kind of wishing that I had a helmet on after that.
Brassmonkey · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jan 2012 · Points: 115

Fair enough, the world has gotten real sensitive, stories only, pics if you dare!

Eric G. · · Saratoga Springs, NY · Joined Apr 2012 · Points: 70
Brassmonkey wrote:Fair enough, the world has gotten real sensitive, stories only, pics if you dare!
oh the delicate flowers that post here. they have forgotten we must cull the noobs.

JASON A. · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Mar 2009 · Points: 5
Kedron Silsbee wrote:OK, I'm the climber being belayed in the first picture - care to enlighten me as to your objection to the pack? As stated upthread, it's hardly a novel idea.
Another not so novel idea is that you might need to go on a diet.
Brassmonkey · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jan 2012 · Points: 115

Just a very light female with a non overweight male who outweighed her, sorry Jason.

Lou Hibbard · · Eagan, MN · Joined Mar 2006 · Points: 225

I don't wear a helmet in the gym but if you read Accidents in Mountaineering (which used to come out every year) at least half the head injuries were from leader falls wehere they hit their head - not just from falling rock/ice.
I assume the gym is safer because it's steeper and no runout.

Rwwon ru · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jul 2012 · Points: 35

Just slightly blur the faces of the people in these photos and obscure their location. Looking at a ridiculous, captioned photo sure beats reading about it.

Mark E Dixon · · Sprezzatura, Someday · Joined Nov 2007 · Points: 569
Nielsonru wrote:Just ... blur the faces of the people in these photos and obscure their location.

Meant to respond sooner, but busy making a spectacle of myself at the gym.

It's not my business telling anyone what to do, but if you are going to post photos of other climbers and make fun of them anonymously, I am going to tell you what I think of it.

FWIW, movable belay anchors are pretty common at gyms here, and are much better than fixed anchors, as they allow a nice soft catch while still preventing a lighter belayer from being sieved through the first draw.
Clifton Santiago · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Apr 2010 · Points: 0

I take extreme umbrage at people who take offense. I prefer, like Chuck Noll, a strong defense. Go Broncos!

Greg D · · Here · Joined Apr 2006 · Points: 867
Brassmonkey wrote:On another sport specific forum I frequent there is a thread called strange denizens of the pool. It is flipping hilarious. The stories of what people do and how they act are ridiculous and extremely entertaining. Got me to thinking after I saw yet another shit show at the gym tonight that we could probably get the same going on here. I stealthily took a pic of the belayer in this pic. Everything looks normal right? Well it is for the most part, until you notice she has a pack clipped to her harness on a runner. Why you may ask? Well, initially she was wearing it while belaying him because "he lifts me off the ground when he falls so I need the extra weight". When he would take she laid on her back with the pack on. Someone suggested that wasn't the greatest idea so apparently the next best idea was to simply clip it to her harness. It didn't do shit when he fell, in case you were wondering. Pic deleted :( Bring on the stories! (Hopefully there isn't a thread already like this, I searched and couldnt find one)
It is quite amusing when someone makes fun of someone else, but really displays their own ignorance.
rgold · · Poughkeepsie, NY · Joined Feb 2008 · Points: 525
Brassmonkey wrote:...I saw yet another shit show at the gym tonight...she has a pack clipped to her harness on a runner
There may be something to chuckle about here, but it isn't be about the climbers in this description. This purported fecal festival is actually a perfectly sensible technique for anchoring the belayer when the leader significantly outweighs them. Probably the only thing wrong was that that pack should have been heavier.

In fact, it is fairly common in the UK for gyms to have sandbags for this purpose. So much so that, for instance, the Indoor Climbing Manual by John White,, says on page 36 in the section on belaying,

"The attachment points on the floor or sandbags are provided to give support to people belaying a climber who is much heavier than they are."
Rwwon ru · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jul 2012 · Points: 35

Yeah, I'm thinking the guy all racked up in a gym was much more "head-scratch worthy."

chuck claude · · Flagstaff, Az · Joined Jul 2006 · Points: 225

In response to JLP's post, I wonder what the guy can learn at the gym about trad climbing. From what I see whatever you learn in the gym bout trad climbing (unless you gym has cracks) in 2 hours can be learned in 10 minutes at the crag......I'll take some enlightenment.

And presonally at the gym or at the crags, I know I look like a complete dweeb. I wear belay glasses and with them you look like a dweb. (but then again after a mountain biking accident with 7 fractures in 4 bones in my neck bewteen C4 and C7, I don't have a choice about to wear them or not

MRock · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Apr 2013 · Points: 10

I exploded a foot hold at the bouldering gym the other day, it broke into three small pieces and came off with a bunch of force. I'm going to start wearin my helmet while belaying at the globo gym, and you all should too.

Phil Lauffen · · Innsbruck, AT · Joined Jun 2008 · Points: 2,425

I liked a recent Powder magazine article about how to avoid looking like a beater. Turns out, the more you try to avoid beatering, the more you appear to be one.

Can everyone just agree that people are all goofy, and it is pretty amusing to point out goofiness, as long as you are willing to laugh at your own antics?

"Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive" -Elbert Hubbard

Here is the last piece I placed on the table ledge traverse on the diamond a few years ago. It was kind of a joke at the time, but in retrospect it was not only stupid, it was dangerous.

Wanna fall on that?

The Blueprint Part Dank · · FEMA Region VIII · Joined Jun 2013 · Points: 460
Nielsonru wrote:Yeah, I'm thinking the guy all racked up in a gym was much more "head-scratch worthy."

My favorite is kind of the inverse of that. At time I see someone climbing outside with a "Lead Belay Certified" card hanging off their harness, I laugh and laugh and laugh
James Hicks · · Grand Junction, CO · Joined May 2012 · Points: 131

I saw a guy leading with double ropes in the gym a while back, clipping two bolt lines all the way up a 5.10 (thus ensuring that no one could climb the routes next to him) on a crowded evening with people waiting for him to slowly make his way up. All while resting at every clip.

SethG · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Aug 2009 · Points: 250

I see nothing wrong with mocking people, and the photo is now gone. Also pardon me if someone said this already. But the guy in the gym with the trad rack: isn't he just trying to add weight, for training purposes? Doesn't seem silly to me.

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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