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Oct 23, 2015
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If something is defined as having "sporty" pro, does that compare the protection to that of sport climbing, where as a climb is very well protected? Or does it mean spotty/scarce/fiddly pro? I've heard the term on more than a single occasion, and am just curious. Dylan Randall
From Denville, NJ
Joined Sep 18, 2012
717 points
Oct 23, 2015
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It means it is runout. Moritz B.
Joined Mar 7, 2013
308 points
Oct 23, 2015
R/X lozo bozo
Joined Feb 26, 2015
39 points
Oct 23, 2015
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Sporty = fun! BigB
From Red Rock, NV
Joined Feb 18, 2015
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Oct 23, 2015
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Bryan Manning wrote:
Sporty = fun!


If you like runouts and rusty, loose bolts then yes. A lot of us do.

So I suppose you're right. Sporty might very well = fun!
Jack C.
From back of my truck, Utah current
Joined Mar 28, 2013
219 points
Oct 25, 2015
headead wrote:
R/X


This.
David Gibbs
From Ottawa, ON
Joined Aug 18, 2010
10 points
Oct 26, 2015
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Describes climbing like in the Gunks going from horizontal to horizontal with most routes limiting your pro placement for those places where you have those horizontals. Heading up you know the blank faces between won't offer any placements. Climbing a vertical crack you can plug something pretty much anywhere, 'sporty' describes the opposite IMO Medic741
From Red Hook, New York
Joined Apr 1, 2012
288 points
Oct 26, 2015
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I've never actually heard this term before. Russ Keane
Joined Feb 8, 2013
511 points
Oct 26, 2015
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Russ Keane wrote:
I've never actually heard this term before.

sure you have. ever hear a car descibed as "sporty" same thing.
Jeremy in Inyokern
From Inyokern
Joined Jul 10, 2012
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Oct 26, 2015
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Russ Keane wrote:
I've never actually heard this term before.


She was one of the Spice Girls!
Bill Kirby
From Baltimore Maryland
Joined Jul 21, 2012
434 points
Oct 26, 2015
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I never took it to mean R/X. I think it's synonymous with spicy, approaching but not quite R. Jon Clark
From Philadelphia, PA
Joined Apr 15, 2009
489 points
Oct 26, 2015
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I would use this term if it was well protected for a climber who is "on" the grade. It would certainly have at least one place were a fall would be...bad. May be more dangerous than PG13 but does not merit the risk rating for one or more reasons. I would also consider this term mutually exclusive with the term "sport". Jeremy in Inyokern
From Inyokern
Joined Jul 10, 2012
80 points


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