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Barcode, Expat, zippi, OMDB, and any others on the virgin climbers thread last week!!

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Pan Sat 14-Jun-08 11:35:15

Just to let you know that we are climbing Eiger Stanage Edge this afternoon!! My laptop is really dodgy this week, so may have trouble getting back on later to tell you how far I fell or how sick I felt..am sure either way will be jolly....laters.

zippitippitoes Wed 18-Jun-08 17:31:29

ah i have found it lololol

i want to know what it was like

Overmydeadbody Tue 02-Sep-08 00:15:28

I've just found this lol

Pan what was it like? I was climbing at the roaches yesterday and got eaten alive by midges and then it rained, so only did two climbs in the end sad

Have you done any more climbing since June?

zippitippitoes Tue 02-Sep-08 00:54:50

he did answer on another thread a while after

we are just looking for nearest sport clims to warwickshire

and possibly me belaying bf down the cliff at the end of garden at the weekend to chop the top off a tree spoiling the view but we have to check the feasibility first

Overmydeadbody Tue 02-Sep-08 20:21:04

I don't know of any sport climbs near warwickshire, let me know if you find any as I'd be interested.

The climbing/tree surgery combination sounds fun though!

ilovemydog Tue 02-Sep-08 20:24:10

Oooh. I tried on my climbing shoes a few days ago. Too small. Your feet must get bigger/fatter during/after pregnancy. Shame

Last time I climbed was Joshua Tree....

Overmydeadbody Tue 02-Sep-08 20:55:59

you just need to embrace the pain ilovemydog grin

Grin and bare it!

expatinscotland Tue 02-Sep-08 21:01:08

last time i climbed was at Lumpy Ridge

ilovemydog Tue 02-Sep-08 21:08:17

Just like my ballet teacher - if you didn't feel pain going on toe, you were doing it wrong. hmm

need new shoes. please don't make me go to an indoor wall. Quite liked The Langdales in the Lake District....

Overmydeadbody Tue 02-Sep-08 21:13:26

I need new shoes too, mine have worn out at the tips and have holes in the top from too much foot jamming.

Oh to be closer to some good outdoor climbing...

expatinscotland Tue 02-Sep-08 21:17:05

indoor walls so trash your feet, especially because you sort of need to wear slippers after a while.

when you see the climber tugging off their shoes as they're being lowered, you've arrived as a Sport Boy .

my Mythos still fit. god, but those shoes rock.

for cracks, i usually use Kaukulators. they're not made anymore, but i had mine resoled 3 times and they're still going strong. crack after crack.

a hard crack is good to find!

expatinscotland Tue 02-Sep-08 21:18:17

besides, it only really hurts when it's super-hot out and that rubber goes all hot and man, it burns and hurts!

Overmydeadbody Tue 02-Sep-08 21:20:06

lol at a hard crack is good to find!grin

I found a good one at the Roaches at the weekend, but had to tape my toes up first to stop me bleeding everywhere. Sadly, resoling isn't the answer in this case, as it's the tops that have worn away. But they are such good shoes too <sob>

BarcodeZebra Tue 02-Sep-08 21:23:29

Only just seen this Pan. How'd it go?

expatinscotland Tue 02-Sep-08 21:23:46

yeah, they're trashed if the tops are. my ex did in a few crack boots like that. but he liked horrible cracks/off-widths. 'there's never a queue for [shitty shite].' no, because it SUCKS.

god, you must have had to tape the hell out of your fists, too, in a crack that size.

my ideal crack is No. 1 Camalot size, although in places like Lumpy and JTree hexes come very in handy because you get some wavy cracks there. but that size is the size of my handjam (small hands).

Overmydeadbody Tue 02-Sep-08 21:26:24

nah, my fists are hard as, they can take that kind of abuse. I like a good fist jam wink

I'm not fussy about crack size really, as long as I can get something in there!

You must be teeny tiny expat.

ilovemydog Tue 02-Sep-08 21:27:38

expat, cudos! Don't you have 2 children and your feet returned to normal state... Mine have gone sort of sideways.

Ouch - have had the burning tire thing. Joshua Tree in height of summer. shock

Got all kitted out once - high tech gear for a climb in the Lake District. Huffing and puffing up the hill, and found myself looking up at a mountain sheep hanging off the ledge, who, I swear was sneering at me. Quite funny that - as if to say, 'got here without all the gear...'

expatinscotland Tue 02-Sep-08 21:31:03

i'm 5ft., 3in. and when i was big into climbing i was maybe 7.5st. soaking wet.

the beauty part is that many thin cracks in areas we liked to climb (Colorado) had high ratings, but they weren't so bad to me because i have such small hands and feet (many have excellent pro as well).

some lower-grade once i found VERY hard, however, because they were off-fist or fist+hand for me and VERY awkward for my feet.

expatinscotland Tue 02-Sep-08 21:35:45

my feet are okay, ilove, my fingers, however, went up a ring size.

and of course, my waist, bum and boobs were never the same sad.

J-tree is lovely! VERY much like Lumpy Ridge climbing, even in approach.

But damn, yes, it could get so effing hot and when that black rubber heats up, it is truly awful, especially sport shoes.

Oh, I always read the guide whenever ex h suggested a climb before agreeing to go on it.

One he picked read, 'Bad approach, bad rock, bad pro, bad belays.'

WTF?! Why?!

Pan Tue 02-Sep-08 23:38:07

ah.

HAve been away in rl AND with a busted laptop that costed £310 to fix. << new mainboard butthat story is really boring..

I went to Stanage and conquored my fear of falling off which IS a BIG DEAL!. I got about half way up, and realised I was stuck. No way could I work out where the next foothold would be....there for ages...getting dark now...my buddy eventually shimmed back down but couldn't coach me on how t oget furtehr up. But then had a real shit job trying to climb back down the way I'd come up - blind, as you will appreciate.

So next effort is us going to Burbage, which is on the same ridge of grit stone, just out of Hathersage again.

I asked my buddy on the day is there any easier climbs that the one we had just tried? He replied, a little maliciously I thought, "Yes 'Pan'..they are called pavements". Ha, and blush and ]grin].

and thank you for asking!! I was a challenge to get up as a far as I did, and I do know now that falling off ain't gonna happen.

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