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Note to younger self...

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Lawrence Roper · · Clarksville, TN · Joined Oct 2017 · Points: 0

If there was one bit of advice you would give to your younger self (with respect to climbing), what would it be? 

David Kerkeslager · · New Paltz, NY · Joined Jan 2017 · Points: 137

Be careful of the landing on that boulder problem. That sprain is gonna really screw up your climbing for a while.

· · Unknown Hometown · Joined unknown · Points: 0

Start climbing 15 years earlier.

Mark Says · · Aspen, CO · Joined Jul 2017 · Points: 395

Don't boulder, people seem to sprain their ankle a lot.

Heavy on the J · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jul 2017 · Points: 0

Place more gear.

Give your tendons a chance to catch up with your muscles.

If I'm only allowed 1, per the OP, I would summarize as follows:

Balance your beginner's enthusiasm with the patience to learn slowly and correctly, so you have a long and healthy climbing career.

Old lady H · · Boise, ID · Joined Aug 2015 · Points: 863

Start at least forty years earlier.

Best, OLH

Simon W · · Nowhere Land · Joined May 2013 · Points: 70
Marcus wrote:

Don't boulder, people seem to sprain their ankle a lot.

If they are lucky.  

I have a friend that shattered his ankle requiring years off climbing and if he ever takes a bad fall again roped or otherwise he might not be able to walk anymore..

If you do anything high be careful.

ErikaNW · · Golden, CO · Joined Sep 2010 · Points: 145

Don’t fall into the role of ‘follower’ all the time - start leading earlier, even if it means your partner is climbing well below their limit (don’t feel like you’re messing up their day)

Davi Rivas · · Ventura, CA · Joined Feb 2006 · Points: 1,345

Don’t burn the candle at both ends. Take some ‘rest days’ off and take care of your body.

The mountain ain’t going anywhere.


Josh Squire · · East Boston, MA · Joined Nov 2006 · Points: 66

You can have an ego, but don't let it control you.


Nolan Huther · · Potsdam, NY · Joined Dec 2014 · Points: 505

Don't waste money on those tricams

Btw, am I allowed to take part in these discussions if Google is older than I am?

trailridge · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Apr 2012 · Points: 20

Don't spend so much money at strip clubs.  They don't really like you.  They're just flirting to get more cash.

Bill Kirby · · Baltimore Maryland · Joined Jul 2012 · Points: 480

Seeing the world via climbing trips is not a waste of money.

Don’t hit that drop. It’s called a one hit wonder for a reason! 

Just marry her already.

You’re half Indian half Irish.. don’t start partying!

Save your money. Dream about climbing everyday in your 50s not in your 20s

Gilman Coryell · · Mount Vernon, ME · Joined Jun 2012 · Points: 65

Climb more work less. Stability is over rated and you are only young once.

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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