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Michael Underwood

Denver, CO
32 years old · Male

Member Since
Nov 8, 2010
Last Visit: 7 hours ago
175 Points
Point Rank: #4,076 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.


5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 159
Sunset Boulevard
May 14, 2018 · TR. Rope solo. Wet handholds.
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 159
Sunset Boulevard
May 14, 2018 · TR. Rope solo. Water in the holds today.
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 121
Credibility Gap
May 13, 2018 · 1 pitch. Lead / Redpoint.
Sport 2 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 154
Breakfast in Bed
May 11, 2018 · Lead / Onsight. The rock quality near the beginning of this route scares me a bit. Otherwise I’d give three stars.
Trad
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
 46
Your Mother
May 11, 2018 · Lead / Fell/Hung. So fun! This will definitely go.
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 159
Sunset Boulevard
May 9, 2018 · TR. Rope solo.
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Sunset Boulevard Boulder > … > Bastille > Bastille - W Face
 159
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
May 14, 2018 · TR. Rope solo. Wet handholds.
Sunset Boulevard Boulder > … > Bastille > Bastille - W Face
 159
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
May 14, 2018 · TR. Rope solo. Water in the holds today.
Credibility Gap Colorado Springs > … > S Gateway Rock > W Side
 121
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport 2 pitches
May 13, 2018 · 1 pitch. Lead / Redpoint.
Breakfast in Bed Boulder > … > Bastille > Bastille - W Face
 154
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
May 11, 2018 · Lead / Onsight. The rock quality near the beginning of this route scares me a bit. Otherwise I’d give three stars.
Your Mother Boulder > … > Bastille > Bastille - W Face
 46
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Sport
May 11, 2018 · Lead / Fell/Hung. So fun! This will definitely go.
Sunset Boulevard Boulder > … > Bastille > Bastille - W Face
 159
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
May 9, 2018 · TR. Rope solo.

Tick Breakdown

Pitches Routes Days Out
90 Days 83 47 21
Last Year 523 295 106
5 Years 1,683 1,067 372
All Time 1,901 1,268 417

Where Michael Climbs