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Michael Underwood

Denver, CO
33 years old · Male

Member Since
Nov 8, 2010
Last Visit: 6 hours ago
180 Points
Point Rank: #4,134 Details

Michael is in the Partner Finder
Best Times to Meet: anytime; just give me a day
Likes Trad, Sport, Tr, Gym
Leads Follows
Trad 5.11b 5.12b
Sport 5.12c 5.12c
Ice WI3 WI5
Boulders V6
Favorite Climbs
I love long climbs with exposure, particularly if they're well-protected.
Other Interests
Skiing, snowboarding, mountaineering, mountain biking, kayaking, freediving, SCUBA. I love adventure and the outdoors!
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A friend who was learning to climb once asked me to name the three most important things to remember about rock climbing. My advice to him is really an insight into my own mentality as a climber, so if you want a quick look at my credo, here it is:

1) Enjoy yourself. Climbing is always good, even when you don't climb as well or as gracefully as you'd like. The only thing that can detract from the joy of the climbing experience is your own attitude. It's easy to forget this when you're having an off-balance day, but you'll reach a state of flow when you truly understand that the best climber is the one having the best time.

2) Be tenacious when you're on a route. Sometimes you're tempted to let go or give up. Have a little faith and try anyway, even when you're tired, feel awkward about a move, or think something is out of reach. Sure you might fall off, but you might just surprise yourself. Temper this with good judgment: sometimes you need to let go and save your strength for another attempt - it's no fun to get pumped out and have to cut short your climbing day. But yield for physical reasons, not mental ones.

3) Be safe, and stay healthy. Obviously, the heights involved in climbing demand a certain respect: always remember to check knots, belays, rappels, and crash pad setups. Nothing puts a stop to your fun more quickly than an accident. Also, as your climbing muscles strengthen, the tendons and ligaments in your hands, arms, and shoulders will begin to take lots more load than they're really designed for. Be aware of this and make sure not to injure them - it's all too easy to do, and they don't heal quickly. As I said before, the goal is to keep having fun without getting interrupted.

Now you know me a little bit better! And if you love climbing as much as I do, I'd love to get to know you too. If you want a partner with a flexible schedule, tons of climbing gear, and lots of enthusiasm, you've found your teammate. Whether you're a veteran looking for a partner who can help you send your project or a complete newby trying to learn the ropes, just let me know, and we'll go climbing.


5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 15
Twistin' in the Wind
Nov 20, 2018 · Lead / Fell/Hung. Got the one-hang. Couldn’t stick the throw to the final ledge.
Sport
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 15
Twistin' in the Wind
Nov 20, 2018 · Lead. Took three hangs. Fun moves!
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 78
Points O' Contact
Nov 20, 2018 · Lead / Redpoint.
Trad
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 167
In Pursuit of Excellence
Nov 20, 2018 · Lead / Onsight.
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 30
Electric Rats
Nov 18, 2018 · Lead / Onsight.
Trad
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 38
Blood on the Rocks
Nov 18, 2018 · Lead / Redpoint.
Trad
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Twistin' in the Wind Tennessee Wall > T-Wall East
 15
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
Nov 20, 2018 · Lead / Fell/Hung. Got the one-hang. Couldn’t stick the throw to the final ledge.
Twistin' in the Wind Tennessee Wall > T-Wall East
 15
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
Nov 20, 2018 · Lead. Took three hangs. Fun moves!
Points O' Contact Tennessee Wall > T-Wall East
 78
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
Nov 20, 2018 · Lead / Redpoint.
In Pursuit of Excellence Tennessee Wall > T-Wall East
 167
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
Nov 20, 2018 · Lead / Onsight.
Electric Rats Tennessee Wall > T-Wall East
 30
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
Nov 18, 2018 · Lead / Onsight.
Blood on the Rocks Tennessee Wall > T-Wall East
 38
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad
Nov 18, 2018 · Lead / Redpoint.

Tick Breakdown

Pitches Routes Days Out
90 Days 132 96 31
Last Year 509 337 116
5 Years 1,884 1,186 414
All Time 2,226 1,493 490

Where Michael Climbs