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Jun 8, 2012
because many of them cant do it .. and think that 5.7 "trad" climb makes em sooo hardcore ...

other than common sense and being safe with a positive attitude ... the first thing i look for in partners is climbing partners is actual climbing ability ... if a person boulders and sports climb hard, i know that at least theyll have the ability to get through cruxes ... unlike some "hardcore" 5.7 trad climbers who need to be dragged up a climb

of course everyone has a good laugh when that boulderer/sport climber laybacks handcracks and falls on an easy offwidth ... but give it a season and theres a good chance theyll pick up the technique and outclimb you easily

its ironic when so many MPers hate on bouldering when THIS climber actually sees positives ...



many of the best trad climbers boulder to some extent ...
bearbreeder
Joined Mar 1, 2009
3,068 points
Jun 8, 2012
Well, I use to boulder but a broken ankle later I prefer roped climbing. I have yet to break anything serious while roped in... Jeff J
From Bozeman
Joined Sep 15, 2010
113 points
Jun 8, 2012
For me (I don't hate bouldering) if I travel far to some cool place to climb, I don't see myself wanting to boulder when I can rope climb (trad, toprope, sport..)
I think it's just because I enjoy the destination of a good climb. Getting to a good lookout, the rhythm and process of trad climbing or just longer climb in general.
I have very very limited experience outdoor bouldering but I very much enjoy it in the gym. This year I promised myself I'd go boulder some more. The challenge is super cool. I admit that I do get annoyed and put off by the hand/finger pain that comes with bouldering.
gtluke
Joined May 29, 2012
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Jun 8, 2012
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I'm not a fan of sit starts Tyson Anderson
From SLC, UT
Joined May 14, 2007
140 points
Jun 8, 2012
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Every aspect of our activity compliments the other. If you eschew bouldering you're missing out on a good workout that will no doubt benefit you some day when you have to crank a powerful move on a shitty hold. Climb everything you can get your hands on folks! Ice, Snow, Cracks, Crimpers, Slopers, Slabs, Crags, Walls, Pebbles, it's all good fun. Mike Morin
From On the Road
Joined Nov 4, 2007
1,392 points
Jun 8, 2012
Rock Climbing Photo: Coffee after freezing our asses off near James Pea...
Scott Sinner wrote:
Stick clipping is neither


You aint shit unless you clip with an actual stick. Painter's poles with carpenter's clamps are invalid.

OK, so hands down the best bouldering is over deep water on a hot day. Amirite? You know it.
Stich
From Colorado Springs, Colorado
Joined Jan 1, 2001
1,669 points
Jun 8, 2012
Even if roped climbing is your gig, a month of bouldering during the off-season will be beneficial. When done sensibly, bouldering will improve one's core and contact strengths. Get a good pad and some good spotters though; a busted ankle is a real downer. S. Neoh
Joined Oct 4, 2009
570 points
Jun 8, 2012
Rock Climbing Photo: Rock Wars, RRG, 2008
Tyson Anderson wrote:
I'm not a fan of sit starts



+1 If you gotta sit down to make it high enough to be worth climbing, it isn't a climb. Same if you can stand up and look over the boulder at eye level. Why?
Woodchuck ATC
Joined Nov 29, 2007
3,282 points
Jun 8, 2012
I think bouldering is like having sex...


...by yourself.

Here are a couple of reasons why:

1. When you want to get out but can't find a partner, just go bouldering.
2. It's gets the job done but there is something missing (rope gear...)
Mr.Bun
From Bailey, CO
Joined Jul 6, 2010
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Jun 9, 2012
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Bouldering is mega fun and is totally a worthy pursuit in and of itself. Usually plenty of little cuties in the pictures I see to boot. The only truly silly form of climbing is the "uber drytool gang", like the ALL ice gear with NO ice in sight and a bolt at your waist gang. That's really bad. Hank Caylor
From Golden, CO
Joined Dec 9, 2003
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Jun 9, 2012
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Hank Caylor wrote:
The only truly silly form of climbing is the "uber drytool gang", like the ALL ice gear with NO ice in sight and a bolt at your waist gang. That's really bad.


But what about when they take over an entire wall at the indoor gym with their little traffic cones and leashes? That's way cool, isn't it?
Stich
From Colorado Springs, Colorado
Joined Jan 1, 2001
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Jun 9, 2012
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FrankPS wrote:
Here, this will help understand the different types of


Those type of animations are godawful. I'd rather just read the text than hear that monotone nonsense mixed with out of context animations. The secret is usually that the dialogue wouldn't cut it by itself and needs some non-creative "dressing up".

I don't hate bouldering. I find some of the bouldering culture a bit annoying, but each sect has its foibles. I am glad my climbing accomplishments frequently coincide with a cool summit (a concept almost alien to bouldering), but everybody who isn't alpine mountaineering is just wanking anyway.
Colonel Mustard
From Sacramento, CA
Joined Sep 13, 2005
1,469 points
Jun 9, 2012
Dave MacLeod - nuff said? Hardest trad in the world, V14
Go to his web site to see how all types of climbing are accomplished.
thedogfather
From Las Vegas, NV
Joined Dec 16, 2006
126 points
Jun 9, 2012
Maintain a balance. I boulder hard so I can route climb hard. I route climb hard so I can do longer boulder problems. Any person that sees that you need one more then the other is a fool. kyram adsit
From springville
Joined Nov 14, 2011
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Jun 9, 2012
Maintain a balance. I boulder hard so I can route climb hard. I route climb hard so I can do longer boulder problems. Any person that sees that you need one more then the other is a fool. kyram adsit
From springville
Joined Nov 14, 2011
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Jun 9, 2012
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I'm with the other guy who stopped bouldering over busted ankles. That, and, i rarely found a problem that inspired me. No hate though. Justin Brunson
From Broomfield CO
Joined Jun 16, 2010
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Jun 9, 2012
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Its all stupid, none of this makes your mama proud! Abel Jones
From Boulder, CO
Joined Dec 24, 2010
241 points
Jun 9, 2012
Even Daniel woods says bouldering is just training for real rock climbing. Martin Harris
Joined Jan 3, 2016
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Jun 9, 2012
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1- every fall= groundfall
2- begins at hard 11
3- Hank is right, cuties, but they often crush

Exercises in frustration.
JMo
From Tucson, AZ
Joined Jan 12, 2009
1,105 points
Jun 9, 2012
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I don't hate bouldering, it just isn't good for my body. I have knee and hip (labrum tear) issues. The repeated impact from 10-15 feet up is terrible for me. Actually, it sounds like doctors are starting to agree that bouldering is probably one of the most destructive subsets of climbing out there.

I do roll my eyes anyone espouses some sort of "purity" regarding their subgenre of climbing. Boulderers happen to espouse this more, but whatever.
Tony T.
From Denver, CO
Joined Jul 29, 2009
71 points
Jun 9, 2012
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JLP wrote:
It comes in the moment after you try it and realize the hardest moves on the hardest climb you've ever done are barely V2 - your ego just can't process it.


Word.

I go to the sport crag, I can do reasonably well, and my ego is intact. Same with any trad crag; I can hang with most of the moderately big boys. Bouldering, I have to put up with skinny-jeans-clad teenagers with shitty technique and super strong fingers, who warmup on climbs harder than my projects. It takes me back to gumby status, and is pretty hard on the ego.

Still, bouldering is pretty damned fun.
camhead
From Vandalia, Appalachia
Joined Jun 27, 2006
1,369 points
Jun 9, 2012
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I don't think the two should be mutually exclusive. I've always climbed routes and bouldered to some extent, just with a greater emphasis on one or the other at different times.

I used to climb routes a lot, then I decked and broke my back. When I started climbing again a year later I was too afraid to lead anything. I started bouldering a lot, and really enjoyed it. But when I started bouldering harder, I started getting hurt. One broken ankle, a sprained ankle a couple months later, and a torn pulley convinced me to start climbing routes again.

Although, now I'm wondering if maybe I'm just accident prone and should give up climbing altogether.
Finn the Human
From The Land of Ooo
Joined Jul 11, 2008
143 points
Jun 9, 2012
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mountainproject.com/v/1-proble... Richard Fernandez
From Flagstaff, AZ
Joined Nov 23, 2008
801 points
Jun 9, 2012
Why do some climbers care what other climbers think about what they are climbing? GTS
Joined Sep 11, 2008
0 points
Jun 9, 2012
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Philip Lutz wrote:
It is probably the most simple way to climb. Find Rock. Climb Rock. (Don't Die.)


I actually knew a guy who killed himself bouldering. He was out by himself one day and pulled a block down onto his head and died from the injuries.
Ed Wright
Joined May 14, 2006
332 points


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