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Ask a rock climber
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Ask a rock climber
I am a non-professional full time rock climber. That's the nice way of saying 'climbing bum' another word for which is dirtbag. I've climbed in 15 states (Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, New Hampshire, Idaho and Wyoming) and 9 different countries (USA, Canada, Mexico, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Argentina and Australia)

Most sports people really don't understand well, but rock climbing people really really really don't understand well. Answering tourist questions is probably the funniest and most fun part about being a climber because climbing seems simple, you just climb the rock, right? Well yeah, but how do you get the rope up? How do you not die when you fall? What do you do when you have to shit? All these I will answer and more! I've heard probably every question that someone can ask, so bonus points to original questions. Also I will use this as an opportunity to share some of my favorite climbing photos, mostly of me and if not, that I have taken.

This is on a route called 'Tall Storey' near Canmore, Alberta this summer. As you can see by my clothing, it's cold. I don't know how people live there in the winter. That's 1000 feet of air beneath me.

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Yosemite Valley, in California, the most beautiful place on earth and center of the universe:
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This is my Brazillian friend, she's onsighting a hard route in Red Rocks, which is right outside of Las Vegas. I took this picture a week ago. Onsighting means climbing a route for the first time cleanly without falling:
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Me Rappelling off an arch 500 feet in the air in the Utah desert:
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This is me in Bishop California, I'm drinking a beer and standing on a burning pallet. The beer is PBR, which is cheap and tastes like water mixed with a little bit of pee. It doesn't seem to have much to do with rock climbing, but trust me, it does.

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#2
RE: Ask a rock climber
Whatever floats your boat, I guess.


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#3
RE: Ask a rock climber
(18th December 2016, 14:24)Minimalist Wrote: Whatever floats your boat, I guess.

Gotta do something with your life.
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#4
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That's a lot of states. Are you trying to nail all 50 (ponders Florida and Delaware curiously)?
"For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring." - Carl Sagan
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RE: Ask a rock climber
How do you finance your adventures?

What would you like done with your body?
God(s) and religions are man made and the bane of humanity. 

Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most. Ozzy or Twain/take your pick
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Are rock climbers really just mountaineers who can't afford the equipment?

Boru
'There are people who long for immortality in the afterlife who don't know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.' - Isaac Asimov
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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?
"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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Do you ever worry that you might fall and die?
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Oh, I'll ask the poop question. What happens when you have to poop?

Also, have you ever picked your nose?
"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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That shit's crazy, Cap'n. Clap  I get vertigo just looking at the pictures, though.
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