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Re: Article: Mountain Climbing for the Over 50 Set- WSJ

Postby Skip Perkins » Sun Nov 03, 2013 6:35 pm

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Re: Article: Mountain Climbing for the Over 50 Set- WSJ

Postby shredthegnar10 » Tue Nov 05, 2013 11:43 am

I (would like to) think that most of the people who post on this site -- whether they have used a guide ever in their life, use guides regularly, or were lucky enough to have friends/parents to teach them mountaineering skills (because seriously, no one is born with the knowledge of how to self-arrest or climb a rope out of a crevasse or build a rock/snow anchor or use crampons) -- are genuine enough in their appreciation for/love of the mountains that they go for the experience of climbing, not to have a trophy peak to brag to their coworkers/golfing buddies about.

There's people who use guides to gain knowledge and experience and/or to have a safer trip overall, and then there's the "golfers turned pseudo-mountaineers" that this article seems to be talking about/targeting. I've encountered both, and I understand the difference.

PS The first time I climbed on a glacier was with a guide, in 2010. Not sure how I would have gotten into actual mountaineering without that experience, but maybe I should take Cayambe off the "accomplishments" section on my profile just to be safe?
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Re: Article: Mountain Climbing for the Over 50 Set- WSJ

Postby TallGrass » Wed Nov 06, 2013 3:09 pm

Dave B wrote: The group I was referring to were zero-experience asshats. This was immediately evident from a brief conversation with them. Also evident was that they lacked any respect or interest in the history or discipline of mountaineering and instead wanted a trophy summit that they could brag about back home in Chicago.
JROSKA wrote:he seems to be encouraging successful people to jump right into difficult, Class 5, roped climbing, regardless of one's prior experience level, and I don't like that message.

A more common pursuit by "Over 50 Set" looking for a new "hobby" is motorcycling where some like to drop $$,$$$ at the cruiser dealer (one brand dominates), add another $,$$$ worth of shiny or "performance" stuff, minimal gear, and then think they can go hit the road to a South Dakota rally aboard a 600+ pound rigged with little if any saddle time.

The issue as I see it isn't whether it's fine to do (I could care less what they spend), it's whether or not the person is trying to pass them self off to others as something they are not, worse still if they act like their financial acquisitions trump others' skill, knowledge, or accomplishments and thus should be accorded the same or higher level of respect. Kind of deflating when those-in-the-know are less interested in his Daytrade-Glide he rode up from Nebraska than the old ratty, over-laden Honda SuperCub a kid rode over the Rockies from Oregon.

A second issue arises if they get in over their head and draw negative attention to activity (e.g. accident, rescue, death) -- like not knowing how to make a turn or swerve around an obstacle.

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Gabriel wrote:Guided climbing is to climbing what prostitution is to lovemaking. Some people just have to pay for what they can't do on their own . G
This is a rich statement from a guy who lists his occupation here as "teacher." So if I send a kid to you to learn differential equations, or history, or logic, or whatever it is that you teach, then that makes the kid a john -- and you a hooker?

Oman, you're confusing comprehensive classroom learning with situational (limited) in-the-field and on-the-fly learning, that both get the same experience, and that both should be awarded (e.g. degree) the same.

Significant difference between taking an avy class versus paying someone who'll just help you cross that bridge when you get to it. I know some will try to pre-load as much as possible, but there is also the tendency of some to blow training or learning ahead of time as "that's what I'm paying you $$$ - $,$$$ for (because $$$ is easier for me to come by than time)." Those types will try to rush a guide, instructor, teacher with "yeah, yeah, yeah, just show me the bare minimum so we can get moving." Nothing wrong with an accelerated learning curve provided it fits, which means both the teacher and student should both be attune to and respect when the pace needs to slow down.

Not sure if I'll do more 14ers. The trip reports are too tiring. :wink:
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Re: Article: Mountain Climbing for the Over 50 Set- WSJ

Postby speth » Wed Nov 06, 2013 3:48 pm

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