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"Max skill level"

Post by Dignus » Tue Oct 20, 2020 5:59 pm

Perhaps this is a dumb question, but how do you interpret "max skill level" on your user profile? I've always thought of it as the terrain I'm proficient in and willing to do alone even though I would be fine doing harder peaks (for me class 4-5) with an experienced partner. On the other hand some may assume it means the maximum difficulty they're willing to do at all. I'm curious if this stat affects whether prospective climbing partners decide to team up or not. (Do you even bother to look at someone else's profile? Won't you figure it out the other's limit's in the planning?) Feel free to chide me in the replies.
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Re: "Max skill level"

Post by Flyingfish » Tue Oct 20, 2020 6:03 pm

I think of it as the max level that I am confident doing and feel safe doing at altitude since the lower oxygen levels make decision making harder and ability to perform tasks harder.
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Re: "Max skill level"

Post by climbingcue » Wed Oct 21, 2020 7:28 am

Flyingfish wrote:
Tue Oct 20, 2020 6:03 pm
I think of it as the max level that I am confident doing and feel safe doing at altitude since the lower oxygen levels make decision making harder and ability to perform tasks harder.
I agree and think of it the same way.
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Re: "Max skill level"

Post by Jorts » Wed Oct 21, 2020 8:14 am

Fair question... when I first saw it I didn't know if that meant soloing or climbing in general.
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Re: "Max skill level"

Post by hellmanm » Wed Oct 21, 2020 8:34 am

Flyingfish wrote:
Tue Oct 20, 2020 6:03 pm
I think of it as the max level that I am confident doing and feel safe doing at altitude since the lower oxygen levels make decision making harder and ability to perform tasks harder.
Yep, I feel similarly. I also draw the line at whether or not I'd be a liability in a group. I have the skill to climb some class 5 pitches, but I wouldn't be able to contribute to routefinding or support a partner on them (to the extent that I would like to be able to), whereas on a class 4 pitch I can do that. With a guide I'd probably be comfortable on something like Vestal or Jagged. In a group of friends I'd feel like a liability. So, I set my upper limit at 4.
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