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Christian ! · · West Hills, CA · Joined Sep 2015 · Points: 20

Make sure when you go climb outside you invite your ENTIRE gym crew.  Like please bring them all.  Don't go in a sly little duo of 2.  Like why do that?!?!.  BRING EVERYBODY.  And if anyone tosses you salt go "try" out that hard route they are posted under and sit on it for 15-20 mins.  Have a great day outside! 

Marc H · · Longmont, CO · Joined May 2007 · Points: 250
Christian . wrote: Make sure when you go climb outside you invite your ENTIRE gym crew.  Like please bring them all.  Don't go in a sly little duo of 2.  Like why do that?!?!.  BRING EVERYBODY.  And if anyone tosses you salt go "try" out that hard route they are posted under and sit on it for 15-20 mins.  Have a great day outside! 

You should make yourself a margarita so you have something to do with all that salt.

Noah R · · VT · Joined Nov 2018 · Points: 0

Sucks to live in Cali huh

Rob T · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jun 2006 · Points: 10
Noah R wrote: Sucks to live in Cali huh

Or Utah, based on my experience you’re apparently not even supposed to leave the house unless you’re rolling at least 4 deep. 

aikibujin · · Castle Rock, CO · Joined Oct 2014 · Points: 294
Rob T wrote:

Or Utah, based on my experience you’re apparently not even supposed to leave the house unless you’re rolling at least 4 deep. 

And in Colorado. Also, make sure everyone in your group has to go bolt-to-bolt on that 5.12 you have no hope of sending, so you all can spend half an hour hanging on each bolt, greasing up all the holds and saying stuff like, "if I throw a heel hook on this crystal, I think I can side slap that sloper and bicyle my way to that right hand crimp gaston, then foot dyno to the anchor and do a bat hang while I clip..."

Jaren Watson · · Idaho · Joined May 2010 · Points: 2,506

And Idaho. Oh wait. No, not Idaho.

Rob T · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jun 2006 · Points: 10
Jaren Watson wrote: And Idaho. Oh wait. No, not Idaho.

Not the whole state but seems pretty accurate for the city every weekend from May to Aug. 

Best part about the crags without fixed anchors. 
Noah R · · VT · Joined Nov 2018 · Points: 0

Makes me feel better about being in Vermont. Thanks for that

Jaren Watson · · Idaho · Joined May 2010 · Points: 2,506
Rob T wrote:

Not the whole state but seems pretty accurate for the city every weekend from May to Aug. 

Best part about the crags without fixed anchors. 

Very true! Unless you walk ten minutes from the car. Then it’s empty again.

Rob T · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jun 2006 · Points: 10
Jaren Watson wrote:

Very true! Unless you walk ten minutes from the car. Then it’s empty again.

Definitely disagree with that. Maybe if it’s one of those ricey crags w a single 5.8, but I’ve run into groups of 6+ at Lost Arrow, Building Blocks, Stripe Rock, & Oddesy, not to mention the corridors. Maybe if you walk 25 min or more,  but that’s maybe 10% of the rock there. 

Tradiban · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Apr 2004 · Points: 11,510

Just go tradding. No bullshit, ever.

Jaren Watson · · Idaho · Joined May 2010 · Points: 2,506
Rob T wrote:

Definitely disagree with that. Maybe if it’s one of those ricey crags w a single 5.8, but I’ve run into groups of 6+ at Lost Arrow, Building Blocks, Stripe Rock, & Oddesy, not to mention the corridors. Maybe if you walk 25 min or more,  but that’s maybe 10% of the rock there. 

All right, fine. It’s a shitshow. Is that what you want from me? I admit it. 


I just wanted to sound cool for a change.
Marc801 C · · Sandy, Utah · Joined Feb 2014 · Points: 65
Tradiban wrote: Just go tradding. No bullshit, ever.

Apparently you haven't been to the Gunks or North Conway NH.

Bill Lundeen · · Lee Vining, CA · Joined Nov 2013 · Points: 115

Welcome to the" Brave" New World.  It's good that people are finding the outdoors and climbing (look what it's done for us... can you deny that life-affirming sense we get?) but holy shite, batman! The crowds in popular destinations have seemed to exponentially explode in the last couple years.  My choice, then?  As someone who equates climbing with solitude, quiet, wilderness experience (hey, I know that's weird if you're 25--but I'm 63) I have given up places I've loved (Joshua Tree, Red Rocks, etc) and put them on the altar of sacrifice to the masses and now seek more lonesome, obscure places like... (thought I'd tell you where, huh?).  I still find the quiet I seek, even though I do terribly miss the classics.  Also, suck it up and go during non-prime times (colder or hotter).

Eugenel Espiritu · · PA · Joined May 2015 · Points: 1,033

It's a blessing in disguise: it forces you to climb harder because a crowd rarely gathers on anything harder than 11b.

But this shit happens everywhere, east coast, west coast, no coast. Sport routes at Red River and New River Gorge on anything 10b and below can have conga lines for the entire day. Two weeks ago, a group of 10+ from Pittsburgh were doing laps on a 10b classic; f-ing laps!

bus driver · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Aug 2009 · Points: 1,165

Ive found if you stick to routes in the “what’s new” section instead of the “most popular” section, you don’t have this problem.  As an added bonus, you might get to trundle something. 

Old lady H · · Boise, ID · Joined Aug 2015 · Points: 959
Rob T wrote:

Definitely disagree with that. Maybe if it’s one of those ricey crags w a single 5.8, but I’ve run into groups of 6+ at Lost Arrow, Building Blocks, Stripe Rock, & Oddesy, not to mention the corridors. Maybe if you walk 25 min or more,  but that’s maybe 10% of the rock there. 

Weekdays.

But, yeah, even lonely little Boise suddenly has heaps more people....largely from those other states. But, again, go the sorts of times, days and seasons that Jaren goes out, and it's a lot quieter.

Best, Helen
Rob T · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jun 2006 · Points: 10
Jaren Watson wrote:

All right, fine. It’s a shitshow. Is that what you want from me? I admit it. 


I just wanted to sound cool for a change.

Nope, not too worried about you, just want realistic info out there. If one posse reads this and decides to go to Massacre, Connor Columns, Reynolds, or Dierkes, it will have been worth it. 

Going during the week sounds great but is about as useful to most people as telling them to hop in the Delorean and visit in 1987. 
Eric · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Oct 2008 · Points: 10

yes, yes you are better than everyone else

Marc H · · Longmont, CO · Joined May 2007 · Points: 250

We're about due for a new plague. Anti-vaxxers are helping us out with that. You just got to have a little patience.

Magpie79 · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Nov 2011 · Points: 0
Okey dokey
Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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