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Ask a rock climber
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RE: Ask a rock climber
(18th December 2016, 16:11)c172 Wrote: That's a lot of states. Are you trying to nail all 50 (ponders Florida and Delaware curiously)?

Florida and Louisana are the only two states with no rock climbing, but no, I don't have a climb in every state goal or anything. Really only a 10 or so states have really good climbing, California, Colorado and Utah probably have the most.

(18th December 2016, 16:18)mh.brewer Wrote: How do you finance your adventures?

What would you like done with your body?

Financing is probably the crux. I have steady seasonal work every year, which is what I've done for the last 4 years. The real secret is being really really cheap and living in a car. I live off of around 7000 dollars a year but when I was younger I actually lived off of significantly less. When you don't pay any bills and live in a climbing campground your expenses just become naturally really low. Actually I live in a small RV now, which is mega plush, but overseas I'll just live in a tent, sometimes for a year. I don't care what's done with my body, I'll be dead.

(18th December 2016, 16:23)BrianSoddingBoru4 Wrote: Are rock climbers really just mountaineers who can't afford the equipment?

Boru

Can't afford the Sherpas to drag your ass to the top. Mountaineering isn't that interesting to me, it looks like really cold, dangerous hiking. I don't even like the cold.

(18th December 2016, 17:31)Catholic_Lady Wrote: Whoa, great pictures!

Your one friend looks super hardcore lol.

Anyway, the question...

Would you rather take the male genitalia in the butt or in the mouth?

She's Brazilian too.

I guess in the mouth.

(18th December 2016, 17:39)Bella Morte Wrote: Do you ever worry that you might fall and die?

Not very often. The safety equipment is pretty good nowadays. Sometimes though you find yourself in some fucked up situation and you realize if you fell you would be in deep deep deep shit. That probably only happens once a year or something though, and in that case you just don't fall at that moment.
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#12
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What's your opinion on how people like mustang wanted from ukrain or James Kingston from the UK?


Are you ready for the fire? We are firemen. WE ARE FIREMEN! The heat doesn’t bother us. We live in the heat. We train in the heat. It tells us that we’re ready, we’re at home, we’re where we’re supposed to be. Flames don’t intimidate us. What do we do? We control the flame. We control them. We move the flames where we want to. And then we extinguish them.

Impersonation is treason.





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#13
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If you live in a car or tent, how do you get showers? Brush your teeth? Take a dump?
"Of course, everyone will claim they respect someone who tries to speak the truth, but in reality, this is a rare quality. Most respect those who speak truths they agree with, and their respect for the speaking only extends as far as their realm of personal agreement. It is less common, almost to the point of becoming a saintly virtue, that someone truly respects and loves the truth seeker, even when their conclusions differ wildly." 

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#14
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(19th December 2016, 00:57)Catholic_Lady Wrote: If you live in a car or tent, how do you get showers? Brush your teeth? Take a dump?

Well I live in an RV which has all of that stuff so it's not really an issue. However if I'm backpacking or when I lived in a truck I guess it was an issue, but not really as much as you'd think Brushing your teeth is easy, I mean even if you are living out of a backpack you can brush your teeth. It's funny how people get so accustomed to brushing their teeth in a bathroom that they think somehow it is necessary or something, all you really need is a toothbrush and paste. Most climbing campgrounds  have bathrooms, it's rarely an issue. You have to remember that we (because there are thousands of people with this lifestyle) aren't living in cities nor really in the wilderness, but mostly in campgrounds that are almost always filled with other rock climbers. Some of them are really nice and have showers and stuff and some are primitive camping. If an area is primitive camping you just dig and build your own toilet, it's not that hard really so it's never been an issue.

Showering is probably the most difficult (pre-RV life) and it's not a straight forward answer either because it varies place to place. Some places have showers in a campground and some places there is nothing. So sometimes you just take a shower in camp to bath in a river. It's all probably easier the you think.

(19th December 2016, 00:49)paulpablo Wrote: What's your opinion on how people like mustang wanted from ukrain or James Kingston from the UK?

I had to google who those guys were. I'd say my first impression is under whelmed. It's really not super athletically impressive what they are doing, it just looks impressive to people who are afraid of heights. It's almost like a trick, they are doing something pretty easy and making it look difficult. When you think about what they are doing physically, it's just climbing a ladder and doing minor athletic feats at heights. Climbing a crane isn't very difficult, if a rock climb had those sort of holds, it would be a beginner level climb. I'd say most professional climbers can do exactly what they are doing and many non-professionals as well. Other then the hand stands and some of the rail walking I could probably do everything that those guys do. It looks impressive but compared to Alex Honnold or some of the great free solo rock climbers, it's not really at all. I'd say there are thousands of people who can do what those guys do, and a tiny tiny handful of people who can free solo (climb with out a rope) at a really high level. Alex Honnold is the greatest free soloist of all time, and some of the things he's done are really unique to him and him alone.
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I've never been camping so I don't know the first thing. How do you handle the food situation? I'm assuming not all camps have a place where you can go and buy meals. Do you have to drive out of the camp site every day to get food? Or do you just live on canned food, granola bars, etc for a while?
"Of course, everyone will claim they respect someone who tries to speak the truth, but in reality, this is a rare quality. Most respect those who speak truths they agree with, and their respect for the speaking only extends as far as their realm of personal agreement. It is less common, almost to the point of becoming a saintly virtue, that someone truly respects and loves the truth seeker, even when their conclusions differ wildly." 

-walsh
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#16
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Aside from pull-ups, what do you do to keep your hand/arm strength during the off-season?





 
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(19th December 2016, 12:58)Catholic_Lady Wrote: I've never been camping so I don't know the first thing. How do you handle the food situation? I'm assuming not all camps have a place where you can go and buy meals. Do you have to drive out of the camp site every day to get food? Or do you just live on canned food, granola bars, etc for a while?

You've never been camping?? Wow. That is so strange to me. I mean I grew up camping for sometimes the entire summer. So with food normally you just bring in as many supplies as you can from town at a time. I mean normally you want to go back to town at least once a week anyway to get on the internet or take a shower or whatever people want to do. I mean I'm in town right now redecorating the RV and playing on Atheist forums, then I'll be back in the park for a bit and back out or whatever. Rarely do I eat canned food. I mean most climbers are health conscious and have good diets, probably far better then your average American. It's very common to make group dinners with other climbers. Also Americans refrigerate food that people in other countries don't, for example eggs.

(19th December 2016, 13:04)Crossless1 Wrote: Aside from pull-ups, what do you do to keep your hand/arm strength during the off-season?

I don't really have an off season. I mean I work in the fall and then I just work and don't really do shit. Normally it's good though, there are such things as micro injuries that need to heal. Last year in the winter though I lived in Seattle and trained in a climbing gym, I also do some cross training in martial arts, try to do some sit ups from time to time but I'd say that 90% of the exercise I get is from rock climbing. You'd think I'd be some pull up machine too, but not really. I don't really like doing them.
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(19th December 2016, 13:12)CapnAwesome Wrote:
(19th December 2016, 12:58)Catholic_Lady Wrote: I've never been camping so I don't know the first thing. How do you handle the food situation? I'm assuming not all camps have a place where you can go and buy meals. Do you have to drive out of the camp site every day to get food? Or do you just live on canned food, granola bars, etc for a while?

You've never been camping?? Wow. That is so strange to me. I mean I grew up camping for sometimes the entire summer. So with food normally you just bring in as many supplies as you can from town at a time. I mean normally you want to go back to town at least once a week anyway to get on the internet or take a shower or whatever people want to do. I mean I'm in town right now redecorating the RV and playing on Atheist forums, then I'll be back in the park for a bit and back out or whatever. Rarely do I eat canned food. I mean most climbers are health conscious and have good diets, probably far better then your average American. It's very common to make group dinners with other climbers.  Also Americans refrigerate food that people in other countries don't, for example eggs.

So you buy fresh whole foods once a week and keep them in the refrigerator of your RV? How would you handle that if you were living in a tent or in a truck that didn't have a fridge? I imagine eggs can only do so much when you're super hungry.  

(And nah to camping. I like doing nature stuff during the day, but when night comes I'd like a decent hotel room where I can shower and take a dump. I know RVs and cabins have all that, but I'd rather just take a nice hotel.)
"Of course, everyone will claim they respect someone who tries to speak the truth, but in reality, this is a rare quality. Most respect those who speak truths they agree with, and their respect for the speaking only extends as far as their realm of personal agreement. It is less common, almost to the point of becoming a saintly virtue, that someone truly respects and loves the truth seeker, even when their conclusions differ wildly." 

-walsh
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RE: Ask a rock climber
(19th December 2016, 13:19)Catholic_Lady Wrote:
(19th December 2016, 13:12)CapnAwesome Wrote: You've never been camping?? Wow. That is so strange to me. I mean I grew up camping for sometimes the entire summer. So with food normally you just bring in as many supplies as you can from town at a time. I mean normally you want to go back to town at least once a week anyway to get on the internet or take a shower or whatever people want to do. I mean I'm in town right now redecorating the RV and playing on Atheist forums, then I'll be back in the park for a bit and back out or whatever. Rarely do I eat canned food. I mean most climbers are health conscious and have good diets, probably far better then your average American. It's very common to make group dinners with other climbers.  Also Americans refrigerate food that people in other countries don't, for example eggs.

So you buy fresh whole foods once a week and keep them in the refrigerator of your RV? How would you handle that if you were living in a tent or in a truck that didn't have a fridge? I imagine eggs can only do so much when you're super hungry.  

(And nah to camping. I like doing nature stuff during the day, but when night comes I'd like a decent hotel room where I can shower and take a dump. I know RVs and cabins have all that, but I'd rather just take a nice hotel.)

Well food keeps better then you'd think. I mean something like kale keeps for 3 days without being refrigerated, cheese and eggs keep forever. I have a lot of dried beans for protein. Meat is the only thing that you have to eat within a day and that's only without a cooler and ice which almost everybody has. I also keep a lot of dried staples around continuously. If I really wanted to have a boring diet I could stay somewhere for probably a month with the food I have in the RV right now. So I guess most of my town trips involve me craving meat or candy. Also if you don't feel like going to town, there is always somebody going. So all in all you can have a good balanced healthy diet for about a week at a time without a fridge.
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Interesting.

What is your seasonal job?
"Of course, everyone will claim they respect someone who tries to speak the truth, but in reality, this is a rare quality. Most respect those who speak truths they agree with, and their respect for the speaking only extends as far as their realm of personal agreement. It is less common, almost to the point of becoming a saintly virtue, that someone truly respects and loves the truth seeker, even when their conclusions differ wildly." 

-walsh
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