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Crushing!


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Jplotz · · Wenatchee, WA · Joined Sep 2011 · Points: 1,150

Who was the first to start applying this term to climbing and why does it annoy the f### out of me every time I hear some belayer scream up "You're crushing it!"

Can't we all just climb well anymore??

mediocre · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jul 2013 · Points: 0

This is what concerns you in life?

Only, Locals · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jan 2012 · Points: 1,160

It’s a great question.  


Climbers are basically a bunch of d-bags in denial.

ViperScale . · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Dec 2013 · Points: 240

Has no meaning at all to climbing so I don't think you can really say anyone started applying it to climbing. It is just some random slang term people use. No different than saying who first applied don't fall to climbing.

FrankPS · · Atascadero, CA · Joined Nov 2009 · Points: 275

I think Aleks Zebastian invented the term since he crushes boulders with his bare hands. After bold flash. All your flash belong to him.

Tapawingo Markey · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Feb 2012 · Points: 75

You’re certainly crushing the troll game.

caughtinside · · Oakland CA · Joined Nov 2006 · Points: 1,450

I can't wait for my next dirt bagging day trip... where we will be crushing. 

mathtutortim · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Sep 2010 · Points: 0

It’s kinda trippy to note that the high school and college kids I work with have taken up using both the phrases ‘crushing it’ and ‘sending it’ in their conversations. 

When asked about the origins they have no idea of its relation to climbing. 

Dave Holliday · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Feb 2003 · Points: 1,402
caughtinside wrote:

I can't wait for my next dirt bagging day trip... where we will be crushing. 

With any luck, you'll have splitter weather for the trip.

Russ Keane · · Asheville, NC · Joined Feb 2013 · Points: 150

The phrase applies to anything in life, where you are doing well.

Tapawingo Markey · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Feb 2012 · Points: 75
mathtutortim wrote:

It’s kinda trippy to note that the high school and college kids I work with have taken up using both the phrases ‘crushing it’ and ‘sending it’ in their conversations. 

When asked about the origins they have no idea of its relation to climbing. 

I think that’s because it’s not really related solely to climbing. I hear it in the skiing world and surfing world pretty regularly. 

Jim Turner · · Lakewood, CO · Joined Jun 2012 · Points: 295

“You’re climbing well!  Really well!”  Doesn’t really work.

What I think is weird is using “crush” in regards to rush hour traffic.  Don’t know where it started...sounds British.

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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