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"Sporty" pro?

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Dylan Randall · · Denville, NJ · Joined Sep 2012 · Points: 683

If something is defined as having "sporty" pro, does that compare the protection to that of sport climbing, where as a climb is very well protected? Or does it mean spotty/scarce/fiddly pro? I've heard the term on more than a single occasion, and am just curious.

Moritz B. · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Mar 2013 · Points: 180

It means it is runout.

lozo bozo · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Feb 2015 · Points: 30


BigB · · Red Rock, NV · Joined Feb 2015 · Points: 340

Sporty = fun!

Jack C. · · Calgary, AB · Joined Mar 2013 · Points: 325
Bryan Manning wrote:Sporty = fun!
If you like runouts and rusty, loose bolts then yes. A lot of us do.

So I suppose you're right. Sporty might very well = fun!
David Gibbs · · Ottawa, ON · Joined Aug 2010 · Points: 6
headead wrote:R/X
Medic741 · · Red Hook, New York · Joined Apr 2012 · Points: 265

Describes climbing like in the Gunks going from horizontal to horizontal with most routes limiting your pro placement for those places where you have those horizontals. Heading up you know the blank faces between won't offer any placements. Climbing a vertical crack you can plug something pretty much anywhere, 'sporty' describes the opposite IMO

Russ Keane · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Feb 2013 · Points: 150

I've never actually heard this term before.

Jeremy in Inyokern · · Inyokern · Joined Jul 2012 · Points: 73
Russ Keane wrote:I've never actually heard this term before.
sure you have. ever hear a car descibed as "sporty" same thing.
Bill Kirby · · Baltimore Maryland · Joined Jul 2012 · Points: 480
Russ Keane wrote:I've never actually heard this term before.
She was one of the Spice Girls!
Jon Clark · · Philadelphia, PA · Joined Apr 2009 · Points: 526

I never took it to mean R/X. I think it's synonymous with spicy, approaching but not quite R.

Jeremy in Inyokern · · Inyokern · Joined Jul 2012 · Points: 73

I would use this term if it was well protected for a climber who is "on" the grade. It would certainly have at least one place were a fall would be...bad. May be more dangerous than PG13 but does not merit the risk rating for one or more reasons. I would also consider this term mutually exclusive with the term "sport".

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