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New and experienced climbers over 50 #4


Lori Milas · · Rocklin, CA · Joined Apr 2017 · Points: 175

Wow.  Just wow... to all.  What an impressive crew here.  Way to go, everyone who is out there, (or in there), going for it!!!  Keep posting pictures.  Go ahead and gripe about a few extra pounds or some aches and pains... but keep on keeping on!  There is no one out there like you guys!   

Jeffrey Constine · · Los Angeles, CA · Joined May 2009 · Points: 588

I find if I sit around I have more aches and pains, got to keep moving just keep moving that’s all there is to it!

Healyje · · PDX · Joined Jan 2006 · Points: 456

Movin’ and groovin’...

Old lady H · · Boise, ID · Joined Aug 2015 · Points: 793

8 here this morning. Hibernation is looking rather attractive.

wendy weiss · · boulder, co · Joined Mar 2006 · Points: 10

21 here. The gym will be freezing. I'm planning on wearing layers.

Lori Milas · · Rocklin, CA · Joined Apr 2017 · Points: 175

51 here and I'm freaking out. It seemed like it was time to find out whether I could handle the cold of the desert... since I plan to spend so much time there.  So, I booked two weeks through Christmas, half of it climbing. (Some possibly in Red Rocks).  This week it's raining and lows in the 30's in the desert, may even be snow.  I don't know if I'm man enough for this.  All I can do is take it as a challenge, and try to be strong.  

Señor Arroz · · LA, CA · Joined Jan 2016 · Points: 10
Lori Milas wrote: 51 here and I'm freaking out. It seemed like it was time to find out whether I could handle the cold of the desert... since I plan to spend so much time there.  So, I booked two weeks through Christmas, half of it climbing. (Some possibly in Red Rocks).  This week it's raining and lows in the 30's in the desert, may even be snow.  I don't know if I'm man enough for this.  All I can do is take it as a challenge, and try to be strong.  

I've been snowed on in the morning at J-tree and climbing in a t-shirt a couple hours later. So anything can happen. 

Eric L · · Roseville, CA · Joined Jan 2015 · Points: 115
Lori Milas wrote: Wow.  Just wow... to all.  What an impressive crew here.  Way to go, everyone who is out there, (or in there), going for it!!!  Keep posting pictures.  Go ahead and gripe about a few extra pounds or some aches and pains... but keep on keeping on!  There is no one out there like you guys!   

x2,  I've been following the thread(s) and love the inspiration from all the seasoned climbers here... especially since I officially "joined the club" last week.  Thanks all!

Lori Milas · · Rocklin, CA · Joined Apr 2017 · Points: 175
Señor Arroz wrote:

I've been snowed on in the morning at J-tree and climbing in a t-shirt a couple hours later. So anything can happen. 

Does this mean I can bring my shorts and tank top?  (she says hopefully).  

So far I'm not doing very well with December.    
Señor Arroz · · LA, CA · Joined Jan 2016 · Points: 10
Lori Milas wrote:

Does this mean I can bring my shorts and tank top?  (she says hopefully).  

So far I'm not doing very well with December.    

You should. Plus a parka and long johns.

Old lady H · · Boise, ID · Joined Aug 2015 · Points: 793

Eric L, happy birthday! Remember not to read those 51 etc threads until you've matured enough...ha.

Guess who's agreed to go bouldering tomorrow? I told him I'll be in my ice climbing rig. He thought I was joking. Wait'll he sees my ice tools, eh? Ice bouldering's a thing, right??

Best, Old Lady Popsicle

John Barritt · · OKC · Joined Oct 2016 · Points: 1,080

48 here this am and dropping slow, weather men are calling for "snowmaggeddon" this weekend..... ;)

3 maybe 4 inches probably but the stores are out of milk and bread.

Skipping hunting to snow ride at the Stillwater 500 this weekend. Should be a blast. It's all in the gear, ski gloves, a little heat off the radiators blowing on the thighs and heated insoles.... ;)

Coldest morning hunting this year so far was 21 degrees, froze out of the stand by 10:30 wearing good gear helps but sitting still the cold finds you.

As for desert climbing (or southern OK) 50s during the day is perfect.

Y'all be safe and have fun!

Lori Milas · · Rocklin, CA · Joined Apr 2017 · Points: 175
Eric L wrote:

x2,  I've been following the thread(s) and love the inspiration from all the seasoned climbers here... especially since I officially "joined the club" last week.  Thanks all!

We have rules.  You have to show ID at the door... and I'm still waiting for someone to card Constine because I think he slipped in when no one was looking.  
Happy birthday and welcome, now that you're old!      

Dallas R · · Traveling the USA · Joined May 2013 · Points: 181

-2f the other night. Time for todays training report.  
Cardio, quadriceps, core strength.

Who says training can't be fun.

Carl Schneider · · Adelaide, South Australia · Joined Dec 2017 · Points: 0

Ha ha! 38 here, and by 38 I mean 100   
Bit too hot to clamber outside and just as I was thinking about clambering outside tomorrow morning I see it's gonna rain! Tsk!

Healyje · · PDX · Joined Jan 2006 · Points: 456

What I do to rock climb in the cold is wear a three-layered system of clothing, have shoes a size larger than normal for socks, and then use those heating packets.

I use the heating packets in two ways: a) I use the thin, small ones for your shoe (w/ the tape strip) and put them tape outward in the palm of fingerless gloves - i.e. the tape sticks to the palm of the glove, not the palm of the hand and b) I [loosely] sport tape the normal handwarmer size ones to underside of my wrists where the blood flow into and out of the hand is most exposed.

Beyond that I make sure I'm fueled and hydrated well beforehand in order to keep my core temp up and if it's really cold I might kick back a niacin to flush more blood outward to the peripheral vascular system.

This system is what I used bitd in Chicago doing roofing work all day through the winter.

Señor Arroz · · LA, CA · Joined Jan 2016 · Points: 10
Healyje wrote:  b) I [loosely] sport tape the normal handwarmer size ones to underside of my wrists where the blood flow into and out of the hand is most exposed.

This is a brilliant idea. 

rgold · · Poughkeepsie, NY · Joined Feb 2008 · Points: 526

I've used that method for quite a few years---I think I learned it from Joe a long time ago.

Lori Milas · · Rocklin, CA · Joined Apr 2017 · Points: 175

"I believe in pushing the limit of what is possible.  I look at people who took an idea and took it up a notch, and then took it up another notch.  It's important to look at where the bar has been set before and toy with the idea of setting it higher.... You have to take risks to move forward. Failure isn't permanent, embrace failure as a means to move forward. But to put something so personal on the line is scary...but really, you set your own standards, and personally I think you should set them very high."  ~ Jimmy Chin (Master Photography Class)

Listening to, and inspired, by Jimmy Chin this morning.  I think 'the bar' is an internal one... and the 'notch' is also.  As a group we have also been talking about being outliers, intending to take this journey a little farther than what's been done before.  And it has absolutely nothing to do with what younger, stronger, more able people are doing. 

Suburban Roadside · · Abovetraffic on Hudson · Joined Apr 2014 · Points: 1,509
Healyje wrote: What I do to rock climb in the cold is wear a three-layered system of clothing, have shoes a size larger than normal for socks, and then use those heating packets.

I use the heating packets in two ways: a) I use the thin, small ones for your shoe (w/ the tape strip) and put them tape outward in the palm of fingerless gloves - i.e. the tape sticks to the palm of the glove, not the palm of the hand and b) I [loosely] sport tape the normal handwarmer size ones to underside of my wrists where the blood flow into and out of the hand is most exposed.

Beyond that I make sure I'm fueled and hydrated well beforehand in order to keep my core temp up and if it's really cold I might kick back a niacin to flush more blood outward to the peripheral vascular system.

This system is what I used bitd in Chicago doing roofing work all day through the winter.

A hearty Welcome Joe.
 I'm sure everyone would be glad to see you post here once in a while.

As an introduction, for this to be your 1st(?) post to the old folks' thread, HA!, I am kind of giggling, I'm pretty sure that what you call climbing in the cold means something very different from what the SoCal folks have to endure. Maybe you remember those below zero top ropes in Ohi.... Oh, . I've stopped giving advice on rope solo, glad you still wade in there.  AS your expertise is by far the most informed.
Merry Solstice or Christmas... Whatever  - blessings of light from this side & Be well (I hope the shoulders are carrying you ?)
Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

Southern California
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