Rock climbing in Boulder

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Rock climbing in Boulder

Postby crossfitter » Sun Sep 19, 2010 9:54 am

Now that I've finally got the list monkey off my back, I'm looking to expand my mountaineering skillset by getting into technical climbing. I'm planning on finally acquiring a harness and rock shoes sometime this week, and I'm on the fence about a gym membership. I have delusions of grandeur about getting into trad [eventually] but right now my plans are to try to learn sport until I can trick- er...persuade a trad mentor to take me under their wing. Until then, I'm taking whatever I can get!

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23, CU student, very comfortable on unroped class 4 and low 5. Some gym top-rope experience and familiarity with basic knots and belay. Currently own a helmet, 30m alpine twin rope, approach shoes, and locking screwgate carabiner, and will shortly add a harness, rock shoes, and belay device.
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- Courage cannot be bought at REI or carried with you in your rucksack

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Re: Rock climbing in Boulder

Postby PKelley » Sun Sep 19, 2010 10:03 am

Might I suggest adding a couple of items to your shopping list? Buy "How to Rock Climb", "Climbing Anchors", "Freedom of the Hills", and the How To Series book on Self Rescue. Also buy about 6 feet of small nylon cord so that you can practice several different knots. Have fun, be safe.
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Re: Rock climbing in Boulder

Postby crossfitter » Sun Sep 19, 2010 10:08 am

PKelley wrote:Might I suggest adding a couple of items to your shopping list? Buy "How to Rock Climb", "Climbing Anchors", "Freedom of the Hills", and the How To Series book on Self Rescue. Also buy about 6 feet of small nylon cord so that you can practice several different knots. Have fun, be safe.


Oh yes, I also have (and read) FoTH and have a couple lengths of cord I've been using as prussik loops. Great suggestions on the other books though, I'll check those out.
- A mountain is not a checkbox to be ticked
- Alpinism and mountaineering are not restricted to 14,000 foot mountains
- Judgment and experience are the two most important pieces of gear you own
- Being honest to yourself and others about your abilities is a characteristic of experienced climbers
- Courage cannot be bought at REI or carried with you in your rucksack

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Re: Rock climbing in Boulder

Postby Snowgirl » Sun Sep 19, 2010 12:56 pm

I'd be more than happy to gain another climbing partner, I've got a membership at Movement and a good amount of experience in both lead and top-roping. I'm trying to build strength and confidence right now, and I'm no trad expert by any means, but it's a fun gym with a lot of challenging routes and good for just getting out there, so to speak. I, too, am hoping for that elusive trad mentor :D
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Re: Rock climbing in Boulder

Postby bergsteigen » Sun Sep 19, 2010 3:25 pm

Maybe we should start a Boulder chapter of the afternoon climbers club like Colorado Springs has. I know I need practice and to up my skills.
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Re: Rock climbing in Boulder

Postby crossfitter » Sun Sep 19, 2010 4:24 pm

bergsteigen wrote:Maybe we should start a Boulder chapter of the afternoon climbers club like Colorado Springs has. I know I need practice and to up my skills.


Yes please!
- A mountain is not a checkbox to be ticked
- Alpinism and mountaineering are not restricted to 14,000 foot mountains
- Judgment and experience are the two most important pieces of gear you own
- Being honest to yourself and others about your abilities is a characteristic of experienced climbers
- Courage cannot be bought at REI or carried with you in your rucksack

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Re: Rock climbing in Boulder

Postby areed20 » Sun Sep 19, 2010 4:36 pm

bergsteigen wrote:Maybe we should start a Boulder chapter of the afternoon climbers club like Colorado Springs has. I know I need practice and to up my skills.


+1

I'm beginning to get into technical climbing as well and it would be nice to go with some people who are experienced.
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Re: Rock climbing in Boulder

Postby whit12 » Sun Sep 19, 2010 6:40 pm

I'm no pro but I do climb a lot. If anyone is ever interested in going to Clear Creek Canyon (Golden) the boyfriend and I are always looking for more people to climb.
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Re: Rock climbing in Boulder

Postby Snowgirl » Sun Sep 19, 2010 6:46 pm

A boulder/golden climbing group would be a lot of fun. I could rustle up gear to contribute, for sure. :D
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Re: Rock climbing in Boulder

Postby ebnhils » Sun Sep 19, 2010 7:05 pm

I would also be interested in a climbing goup in this area, I'm in Arvada. I was thinking of suggesting this a week ago after reading about how other 14ers members are getting together in the Springs area. I have taken the beginners and anchors courses as well as read the above mentioned books, still need to get the self rescue book. I have been toproping a few times but would love to get more experience. Have some gear including a rope that I could bring along. Been looking for some people to rock climb with since I move here a year ago. :D

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Re: Rock climbing in Boulder

Postby RestlessLegSyndrome » Sun Sep 19, 2010 7:13 pm

I'd be interested in finding some new partners also. I'm also a somewhat beginner, but have a rope and draws if needed.
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Re: Rock climbing in Boulder

Postby Muhlenberg Hiker » Sun Sep 19, 2010 7:21 pm

Boulder is a mecca for rock climbing. People have changed their lives by dropping whatever they were doing and moving to Boulder to rock climb.

Not a bad place for mountaineering and hiking, did I mention biking.........etc.

Go for it.

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