By the skin of your fingers

Macland Oct 29, 2011

  1. Macland

    Macland Titan Swapped / SAS'd Founding Member

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    I've only been able to go climbing once but have hopes to go again sometime.

    My friend has all of the gear and took me out with him to the Wichita Mountains at Quartz Mountain outside of Altus, OK. After a short hike we reached a nice climb. We had to do a little bouldering to get to where we needed to be and after that I was instructed on how to belay correctly and safely. My buddy did a free climb on his own to set up the run and afterwards I followed him up!

    It was definitely exhilarating! When I reached the top I couldn't help but just yell out! I'm not really the yell at the top of your lungs type so this was a big deal for me.

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    I had a hat on but lost it at one point and had to go back down into a thicket to get it so this is one of my only hatless moments. This run was called windy point or windy face or something like that so I should have known.
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    View from up high
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    Posed shot, I climbed back up to this point to get a good pic.
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    Last edited: Oct 29, 2011
  2. Macland

    Macland Titan Swapped / SAS'd Founding Member

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    I added the photos. I'd probably have already gone again but the temps here were 100+ most of the summer and it's difficult to get a good hold on a hot rock from what I hear.
     
  3. Xterraforce

    Xterraforce <img src="http://i164.photobucket.com/albums/u7/ra Founding Member

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    Looks like great fun. I've messed around a very little bit when out hiking but my 335 pounds is a bit rough on the fingertips.
     
  4. civicjoe

    civicjoe lone wolf mod Super Moderator Founding Member

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    nice bro, its not about the weight, gotta use those legs. and make sure someone who knows what they're doing on the other end of that line. :)
    Its mad fun, havent gotten out in the wild, but been to a few climbing gyms. What a workout.
     
  5. Macland

    Macland Titan Swapped / SAS'd Founding Member

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    I was sooooo sore the day after I climbed. And X1000 on having a good lead guy. I wouldn't have even begun to climb had it not been for having a great teacher. And believe it or not, the lady that taught him is like 65! And she still gets out there like every weekend!
     
  6. dhyde79

    dhyde79 Titan Swapped / SAS'd Founding Member

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    so, when are we coming down there to go climb? :p
     
  7. Macland

    Macland Titan Swapped / SAS'd Founding Member

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    He wants to go again this spring. If we get a weekend organized I'll let you know and hopefully it will be early enough. I'm really thinking my wife is going to be hard as hell to convince to let me climb now that we're having a baby. We'll see though.
     
  8. dhyde79

    dhyde79 Titan Swapped / SAS'd Founding Member

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    you want my help? it's easy....just tell her that you're making sure you have a few extra safety people on hand and they're going to ensure that you don't get hurt.

    remember, I have a 10 month old now, and she goes wheeling with me more than the wife does (and probably enjoys it more too), so, the presence of a baby doesn't mean you have to stop doing risky things, it just means you have to be extra safe while doing it.

    I **REALLY** wanna find someplace to get some good commando style rappelling in...(and no, I don't mean commando as in no underwear, I mean head first, no hands)
     
  9. Macland

    Macland Titan Swapped / SAS'd Founding Member

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    That'd be something you'd have to visit with him about. He's got an account on here but he doesn't remember to sign on. Between Quartz Mountain and the wildlife refuge there is plenty of climbing around here. He's got a nice little book that shows all of the climbs and their difficulties.
     
  10. Ricel

    Ricel Wheeling Founding Member

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    I use to go indoor 3-4 times a week! Then I broke it off with the GF/Climbing partner. Havn't really been in years.

    Favorite feeling was when you couldn't lift the car door handle, you worked hard. The amount of taped blisters was always fun, and launching your self from one hold to another was amazing!

    Anyone in the RI area!!!
     
  11. dhyde79

    dhyde79 Titan Swapped / SAS'd Founding Member

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    yeah, I'm not that good....250lbs doesn't rock climb all that nimbly ;) it climbs still though. I'm actually wanting to get a couple of the hanging boards and attach em out in the garage and try to get my upper body built up to where it needs to be.
     
  12. Macland

    Macland Titan Swapped / SAS'd Founding Member

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    Do you have all of the gear?
     
  13. dhyde79

    dhyde79 Titan Swapped / SAS'd Founding Member

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    me? yeah, I've got all the gear for rappelling, and chalk bags, but none of the ascenders or cams, yet....haven't really had need of it.
     
  14. Macland

    Macland Titan Swapped / SAS'd Founding Member

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    You've got the special shoes and the harnesses and rope?

    I've got nothing but my buddy has enough extra for me to borrow.
     
  15. dhyde79

    dhyde79 Titan Swapped / SAS'd Founding Member

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    I have shoes that work fine, and army issue rope, it's not the fancy sleeved stuff he has, but it works quite nicely.

    that reminds me, I think I need to get a new set of my good toe shoes....
     
  16. Deltaphi216

    Deltaphi216 First Fill-Up (of many) Founding Member

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    i miss climbing.....
     
  17. dhyde79

    dhyde79 Titan Swapped / SAS'd Founding Member

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    we actually have a pretty decent rock gym here in town...
     
  18. Ricel

    Ricel Wheeling Founding Member

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    Don't you, my shoes and harness mock me daily from their hanging peg...
     
  19. Jmac289gt

    Jmac289gt Sliders Founding Member

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    Im to lazy and out of shape to climb...and it is scary.
     
  20. dhyde79

    dhyde79 Titan Swapped / SAS'd Founding Member

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    the scary is half of the appeal...
     
  21. Macland

    Macland Titan Swapped / SAS'd Founding Member

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    That scared feeling pumping adrenaline though your veins definitely creates a natural high unlike anything else. I can still remember the feeling I had when I reached the top of my climb.
     
  22. dhyde79

    dhyde79 Titan Swapped / SAS'd Founding Member

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    yep, or aussie style rappelling...that's one HUGE adrenaline rush....
     
  23. Macland

    Macland Titan Swapped / SAS'd Founding Member

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    I didn't get to actually climb today but happened to be out taking pictures at a good climbing spot with my wife when my buddy showed up to climb with a couple of his friends. So I figure, everybody likes a few good pics.

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  24. Ricel

    Ricel Wheeling Founding Member

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    That air is BA!
    Update: I started climbing again!! Found someone that is willing to learn. Got him to sign up for a belay class so he can hold my ass to the wall and not drop me.

    Again is anyone is in north RI or south Mass, hit me up.
     

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