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Apr 13, 2011
Why do you climb?

We all have our own reasons.
Some to get out into nature, some to get high, some to get high (other kind), some to climb the hardest, some because it's fun, so on and so on.


What's yours?
Keith H. North
From Englewood, CO
Joined Mar 29, 2010
60 points
Apr 13, 2011
Why does one not climb? Brent Butcher
Joined Nov 18, 2010
195 points
Apr 13, 2011
Because one is old, because one got hurt climbing, because one has mental issues? Keith H. North
From Englewood, CO
Joined Mar 29, 2010
60 points
Apr 13, 2011
It's too much fun not to and the people you meet usually aren't too bad either:) Owen Darrow
From Garmisch,
Joined Feb 22, 2010
1,160 points
Apr 13, 2011
Keith H. North wrote:
Why do you climb?


So I can brag about it and offer mediocre advice to total strangers thousands of miles away from me on the intardwebz.
Yarp
Joined Jan 16, 2011
0 points
Apr 13, 2011
Sorry but I couldn't resist the setup
Matt Marino
From Georgetown, MA
Joined Jan 4, 2010
0 points
Apr 13, 2011
Because everything else in my life is subjective.

With climbing, you can objectively see your progress. One day you can't make it up something, then you train, and eventually you can.

It is a great reminder that many man hours of hard work are the only way to improve or excel at anything.
Rob Gordon
From Hollywood, CA
Joined Feb 2, 2009
80 points
Apr 13, 2011
I climb because it's the one place that I think I can escape Chuck Norris?


Rock Climbing Photo: Chuck Norris eats rocks
Chuck Norris eats rocks
Ben Walburn
Joined Jul 13, 2007
200 points
Apr 13, 2011
the chicks dig it.

And I dig the chicks.

Rock Climbing Photo: Brooke after 3rd pitch traverse.
Brooke after 3rd pitch traverse.
Phil Lauffen
From The Bubble
Joined Jun 20, 2008
1,645 points
Administrator
Apr 13, 2011
The Larry wrote:
That hasn't stopped me from climbing.


Meh, same here.
Hank Caylor
From Golden, CO
Joined Dec 9, 2003
175 points
Administrator
Apr 13, 2011
Phil Lauffen wrote:
the chicks dig it. And I dig the chicks.


Dude, what happened to the eye candy??
Monomaniac
From Morrison, CO
Joined Oct 26, 2006
16,590 points
Apr 13, 2011
My joking response used to be "because its way better than sex".

My coworker in the gym was asked this same question so he yells over to me "hey zac, tell her why do you like climbing so much" So i shout back and half way through the response I remembered I was at work and need to censure my self, so my response was.

"Hell, because its way better than.....anything else"

I've often tried to express the complex reasons why climbing is so amazing and life changing but i've never been able to. I think settling on "because its way better than anything else"
BSU_Zac
Joined Mar 26, 2010
140 points
Apr 13, 2011
You know, I have never thought about having sex with a mountain, actually I haven't even thought about having sex on a mountain either. :) Keith H. North
From Englewood, CO
Joined Mar 29, 2010
60 points
Apr 13, 2011
That Shatner clip was close, but this is the money shot!

Please say four times: Capitan Kirk is climbing a mountain, why is he climbing the mountain?
BrianH Pedaler
From Santa Fe NM
Joined Aug 17, 2009
0 points
Apr 13, 2011
Monomaniac wrote:
Dude, what happened to the eye candy??


Everyone has already seen that one. Variety is the spice of life.

By popular demand....

Rock Climbing Photo: Brooke climbing the third pitch dihedral in excell...
Brooke climbing the third pitch dihedral in excellent form.
Phil Lauffen
From The Bubble
Joined Jun 20, 2008
1,645 points
Administrator
Apr 13, 2011
Phil Lauffen wrote:
Everyone has already seen that one. Variety is the spice of life. By popular demand....


By popular demand+1
Brooke looks like a good reason to climb, Phil.
Hank Caylor
From Golden, CO
Joined Dec 9, 2003
175 points
Apr 13, 2011
Because it's there. . . Steve Williams
From Denver, CO
Joined Jul 15, 2005
0 points
Apr 13, 2011
Because I can. Joe Huggins
From Grand Junction
Joined Oct 4, 2001
0 points
Apr 13, 2011
Anyone ever look at trad climbing as a puzzle with physics and math.
I know it sounds super James May lame, but setting up anchors, placing gear, it's all very fun in the mathematical mind sense. Not mention route finding and what not.
But there's nothing like a good vertical challenge with a passsion of getting up mountains and faces that even I cannot explain.
Tom D
From New York
Joined Mar 16, 2011
0 points
Apr 13, 2011
As the dog returneth to its own vomit, we return to the rock time and time again......(it's a bad habit.....besides;.....what else do we have to do with ourselves.........TV and beer, I suppose, but we can do that in the evening.....)... toddgordon Gordon
From Joshua Tree, California
Joined Nov 26, 2006
10,560 points
Apr 13, 2011
tomde01 wrote:
Anyone ever look at trad climbing as a puzzle with physics and math. I know it sounds super James May lame, but setting up anchors, placing gear, it's all very fun in the mathematical mind sense. Not mention route finding and what not. But there's nothing like a good vertical challenge with a passsion of getting up mountains and faces that even I cannot explain.


this sounds like torture. i think i have the cognitive complexity of a rabbit when im climbing. of course i also have the cognitive complexity of a rabbit when trying to do homework.
Ted Farley
From Bozeman, Mt
Joined Feb 19, 2010
0 points
Apr 14, 2011
amazon.com/Climbing-Philosophy...

Everything you ever wanted to know about "why we climb"

My reason is that I enjoy having the ability to take myself places that people won't be. For me it's more about the solitude than the actual climbing (I get the same things from sailing and riding motorcycle). While I'm climbing I'm responsible for my own actions and can't rely on other people to assist me (other than my belayer :D)
Matthew Carlson
Joined Jul 3, 2009
0 points
Apr 14, 2011
to escape the tyranny of petty things...............
oh, and for the perks
jack roberts
Joined Oct 30, 2002
0 points
Apr 14, 2011
I second phil... now I just wish my wife enjoyed it as much as I do. JitsClimber
From Broomfield,Co
Joined Mar 9, 2011
0 points
Apr 14, 2011
Because boys dig chicks that climb... Jasmine Kall
Joined Nov 7, 2008
0 points
Apr 14, 2011
To bag more peaks and because participating in inherently dangerous activities with you life partner generally keeps the petty squabbles to a minimum. The second ended up being an accidental perk, but sure is nice :) Alicia Sokolowski
From Brooklyn, NY
Joined Aug 11, 2010
250 points


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