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#3344245 - 09/01/13 10:09 PM Fitness back ground ??
FOX FIRE
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Couldnt help but notice post from sevral one here who seem to have answers & sevral who seem to have the questions (<<my category), figured I would ask who has what kind of back ground when it comes to health & fitness.

Are you the kind who have been at it for years & can do a tri marathon when you want or have been educated in H&F, had basic success with weight loss & exercise, know that cheese burgers & colas are bad & constantly fall off the wagon just so it can run over you (ME !!)

Just curious, nothing more than that.
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#3344316 - 09/02/13 12:45 AM Re: Fitness back ground ?? [Re: FOX FIRE]
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I'm a self-described food know-it-all. I've recently begun running for recreation, after a long bout with mixing my 20's with a sedentary lifestyle. My fitness goals are simple....exercise to be fit, and eat real food. I have no training, no background, and no success. But I'm working towards all three with a little internet research and trial & error.
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#3344824 - 09/02/13 04:04 PM Re: Fitness back ground ?? [Re: TAFKAP]
jmlost
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Really been into endurance type activities for twenty years. Have been in better shape but still try to manage diet and keep good cardio base. No expert but can help with cycling related questions. Have had success racing in a couple diffrent types of cycling disciplines.
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#3344924 - 09/02/13 05:53 PM Re: Fitness back ground ?? [Re: jmlost]
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I've been fat for 30 years. In the recent past I have lost 100 lbs. and finished several 5ks and a sprint Tri. If I could continuosly put into action all that I have learned I would be in much better shape. Knowing and doing are entirely different things.
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#3344976 - 09/02/13 06:35 PM Re: Fitness back ground ?? [Re: BIGB]
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Been in and out the gym for 20 years. Up and down in weight and fitness. Been fighting a losing battle since getting injured. Was up to 325 pounds at 6'4.

Married a woman with a bachelors degree in athletic training and a doctorate in physical therapy. She has the skills... I just do what she says because it's obvious I was going at it all wrong. It took me a couple years to give in but since July I've lost 30 pounds... Even with her being pregnant and bringing peanut butter home. It's my only weakness.
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#3345517 - 09/03/13 09:42 AM Re: Fitness back ground ?? [Re: SilverFox]
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NEVER fitness minded at a young age, married at 24 and became a Gym Junky soon after. Even then I was ALL about lifting more weight and not about overall fitness. After the 1st of 2 boys I stopped the gym - coached baseball, basketball, football and was busy at work as well - all the while going from a very muscular 6' 205lb frame to a fat 280lb frame over the course of about 20 yrs. Jumped in the gym about 3.5 yrs ago - 280 to 215 - P90X 215 to 188 then off a year busy with one of my boys health issues but back now at 220 and pushing hard with a goal of 190. Trying to focus more on really eating healthy and improving my cardio - since if I'm at the gym resistance is a given for me as it's what I enjoy.
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#3346127 - 09/03/13 07:17 PM Re: Fitness back ground ?? [Re: Kimber45]
FOX FIRE
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Good stuff ya'll, appears to be a good mix within the TND tribe.
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#3346216 - 09/03/13 08:04 PM Re: Fitness back ground ?? [Re: FOX FIRE]
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i love running and biking. if i miss a day i go crazy. started running distance as a senior in college. just love cardio, my diet could be better.
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#3347900 - 09/05/13 08:43 AM Re: Fitness back ground ?? [Re: redblood]
Diehard Hunter
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My background is in martial arts, and I use the techniques and sparring to stay in shape. Believe it or not, I have found it to be much easier on my body than other activities like running. I was also a competitive swimmer, and use that background in my workouts. Those activities along with the fact that I teach anatomy and physiology help me to understand what my body is doing.
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#3347926 - 09/05/13 09:13 AM Re: Fitness back ground ?? [Re: Diehard Hunter]
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I was a general manager of a fitness center for a couple years. I learned a lot in those 2 years just being in the fitness business. Looking into getting my personal training qualifications just to do it on the side, but my wife tells me if I am going to go back to school it better be for a career. Not for a "side job".
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#3347937 - 09/05/13 09:22 AM Re: Fitness back ground ?? [Re: redheadshooter]
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I've been into lifting most of my life. First for sports in middle and high school (football, wrestling, track), then football in college. I have a BS in exercise science and a MS in human performance. I am certified through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. I run a fitness center and teach PE classes (lecture and activity) at a Tennessee JuCo. I also compete in strongman. I love training and pushing myself to get better. I don't give a flip what I look like, I care about what I can do.
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#3348015 - 09/05/13 10:30 AM Re: Fitness back ground ?? [Re: Diehard Hunter]
SilverFox
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 Originally Posted By: Diehard Hunter
My background is in martial arts, and I use the techniques and sparring to stay in shape..


What kind of martial arts? I took Kuk Sool Won as a kid. We got a new master and he was chasing a girl in class and not teaching us anything. Ended up leaving and not going back. Wish I had switched to Taekwondo when that happened.
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#3348126 - 09/05/13 11:43 AM Re: Fitness back ground ?? [Re: redheadshooter]
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I'm pretty much a noob at fitness/nutrition. I've been in the gym off and on for about 2 yrs. I don't have any desire to run marathons, do competitive weightlifting, etc. I just want to lose a little weight and improve muscle and tone.
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#3348571 - 09/05/13 07:02 PM Re: Fitness back ground ?? [Re: moondawg]
FOX FIRE
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Keeps get'n better with every post, wish I had someone to teach me a lot of this when I was younger, love me some learning now days but dont have much for extra time (or cash) to put into it.

One & all a great post ya'll.
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#3348606 - 09/05/13 07:31 PM Re: Fitness back ground ?? [Re: FOX FIRE]
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I'm 24 and a certified personal trainer. The certification test was so easy it's ridiculous, so I would definitely ask what credentials the trainer has when looking for one. If he has the same one I got he probably doesn't know much. I only do because I've got a background in lifting and I'm currently getting my master's degree in Exercise and Sport Science and will get my CSCS from the NSCA here soon.
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#3348620 - 09/05/13 07:38 PM Re: Fitness back ground ?? [Re: FOX FIRE]
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 Originally Posted By: FOX FIRE
wish I had someone to teach me a lot of this when I was younger, love me some learning now days but dont have much for extra time (or cash) to put into it.

I hear ya. I wish I had paid attention to this stuff way back when. Better late than never!
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#3348758 - 09/05/13 08:42 PM Re: Fitness back ground ?? [Re: SilverFox]
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 Originally Posted By: SilverFox
 Originally Posted By: Diehard Hunter
My background is in martial arts, and I use the techniques and sparring to stay in shape..


What kind of martial arts? I took Kuk Sool Won as a kid. We got a new master and he was chasing a girl in class and not teaching us anything. Ended up leaving and not going back. Wish I had switched to Taekwondo when that happened.


Jiu jitsu and taekwondo.
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#3349966 - 09/06/13 08:50 PM Re: Fitness back ground ?? [Re: moondawg]
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I hear ya. I wish I had paid attention to this stuff way back when. Better late than never! [/quote]

Back in the day (1980????) our football/gym coach would have us stretching & working out but didnt explain what exercise worked what muscle groups, or the benifits of all the different types of exercise we done, all we knew was warm up, stretch,workout,run.
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#3350115 - 09/07/13 06:03 AM Re: Fitness back ground ?? [Re: FOX FIRE]
JWW4
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 Originally Posted By: FOX FIRE

all we knew was warm up, stretch,workout,run.


Funny thing is now this is considered wrong. You shouldn't static stretch before an intense workout. Static stretching (reach down touch your toes)relaxes the muscles and nervous system and can inhibit performance up to 10%. Static stretching should be done after the workout.
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#3350693 - 09/07/13 03:12 PM Re: Fitness back ground ?? [Re: JWW4]
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I've been a fitness coordinator of a large fitness facility for about 6 years, practice Crossfit, run 8-10 races a year, some Olympic lifting, gymnastics, and powerlifting. I know a little, but still have a lot to learn. I have to try out one of those tri marathons, haha sounds terrible
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#3351457 - 09/08/13 09:00 AM Re: Fitness back ground ?? [Re: holstonangler]
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Background - basketball, football and baseball growing up. Basketball in college.

Now - Crossfit, Oly lifting, 5k races.

Just love to be active and fit.

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#3355407 - 09/11/13 12:24 PM Re: Fitness back ground ?? [Re: Outdoor Enthusiast]
Brisco Darlin
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tried to get into lifting for a while. my main thing has been martial arts for going on 30 years. isshinryu karate, taekwon do and hapkido.
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#3356698 - 09/12/13 11:12 AM Re: Fitness back ground ?? [Re: Brisco Darlin]
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I've always been really good with endurance. Throughout most of my 20s, I climbed hard: Rock, Ice, Alpine and Mountaineering. That was really the foundation of my understanding of fitness. Big muscles look cool, but short of being in a situation where you have to pull a car out of the ditch or move a refrigerator, they are mostly just aesthetic. I've always been into functionality and endurance. Here's a couple of old pics:


Rock Climbing in Joshua Tree. Miss this technical challenges of rock climbing. Its a great feeling to learn to use your body in this way.


Never ending slog fest up Pico De Orizaba in Central Mexico circa 1999. 2nd highest peak in North America. Saw a Russian team tumble a few thousand feet to their deaths on that trip. Puked at the summit and had a little bought with cerebral endema due to the altitude. This trip really opened my eyes to the endurance a person needs to perform well in the outdoors. I was in shape, but my training had been done mostly in 2 hour windows and I wasn't prepared for 20 hour marathons where you had to maintain mental focus.


North Carolina granite. I used to take trips to NC several times a year as it is more adventurous climbing that TN's technical sandstone. These featureless granite slabs would really open your mind to what are considered climbable features. Learning to trust friction and not lose your head on ridiculous runs out without gear placement (i.e. potentially long falls) were great mental exercises. All of the physical conditioning in the world can't prepare you for the mental aspects of climbing granite slabs.


Summit of Mt Rainer, hurricane force winds. A buddy and I took a road trip out West, rock climbing Devil's Tower and in the Wind River range on the way out. In the last months of training for that trip, I was doing 4 hour runs, followed by 2 hours on the stair climber with a backpack, then hitting the stadium steps at the MTSU stadium with a heavy pack, then swimming laps in the pool until I couldn't take it anymore. I would do that regimen every other day and rock climb 2-3 days a week for 4-8 hours. We did Rainier in good style, though we did spend a couple of days penned down in a tent waiting out the storm.

Last couple of years have been slacking for me. Especially this Winter and Spring when I got bogged down with work, but I've been hitting it again lately and, man, do I feel better.
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#3356720 - 09/12/13 11:27 AM Re: Fitness back ground ?? [Re: Poser]
Brisco Darlin
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very cool poser. i was into climbing back in my college years when i was a little lighter. we used to climb at sunset rocks, savage gulf, new river gorge and looking glass rock.
cool pics.
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#3356722 - 09/12/13 11:28 AM Re: Fitness back ground ?? [Re: Poser]
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very cool poser. i was into climbing back in my college years when i was a little lighter. we used to climb at sunset rocks, savage gulf, new river gorge and looking glass rock.
cool pics.
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#3356764 - 09/12/13 11:58 AM Re: Fitness back ground ?? [Re: Brisco Darlin]
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 Originally Posted By: Brisco Darlin
very cool poser. i was into climbing back in my college years when i was a little lighter. we used to climb at sunset rocks, savage gulf, new river gorge and looking glass rock.
cool pics.


Yeah, I know all of those areas well. I used to love Sunset, though the Park Ranger was a real arsebag. T-Wall was my favorite TN crag. New River Gorge is cool, particularly Summerville lake in the summertime. Looking Glass... whew, I have some stories from Looking Glass. There are routes on Looking Glass that make me feel weak in the knees just thinking about 12 years later.... like, making deals with God about never climbing again if I can just get off this thing alive
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#3356768 - 09/12/13 11:59 AM Re: Fitness back ground ?? [Re: Poser]
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yeah a couple of the multipitch gave me the sewing machine legs.
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#3356770 - 09/12/13 12:01 PM Re: Fitness back ground ?? [Re: Brisco Darlin]
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poser did you ever go up to black mtn right off the crab orchard exit. we used to boulder alot up there back in the 80's before it got so crowded.
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#3356810 - 09/12/13 12:28 PM Re: Fitness back ground ?? [Re: Brisco Darlin]
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 Originally Posted By: Brisco Darlin
poser did you ever go up to black mtn right off the crab orchard exit. we used to boulder alot up there back in the 80's before it got so crowded.


Black Mtn, NC?
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#3356881 - 09/12/13 01:25 PM Re: Fitness back ground ?? [Re: Poser]
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oops sorry . place called black mtn. tn. it's right off I-40west at crab orchard in cumberland co.
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#3356886 - 09/12/13 01:31 PM Re: Fitness back ground ?? [Re: Brisco Darlin]
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 Originally Posted By: Brisco Darlin
oops sorry . place called black mtn. tn. it's right off I-40west at crab orchard in cumberland co.


Not sure if I went there or not. I was never that into bouldering, but I did used o climb at The Obed a good bit.
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#3356895 - 09/12/13 01:40 PM Re: Fitness back ground ?? [Re: Poser]
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yeah obed is a good place. we went to some bouldering contest down near atlanta back in the late 80's . i was waiting my turn and turned around and Ron Kauk was standing right behind me. That dude was a machine.
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#3356910 - 09/12/13 01:57 PM Re: Fitness back ground ?? [Re: Brisco Darlin]
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fuzz..... those climbing pics just took me back......

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#3356926 - 09/12/13 02:08 PM Re: Fitness back ground ?? [Re: Deck78]
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i think i still have a copy of southeast rock somewhere at the house.
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#3356939 - 09/12/13 02:15 PM Re: Fitness back ground ?? [Re: Brisco Darlin]
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 Originally Posted By: Brisco Darlin
i think i still have a copy of southeast rock somewhere at the house.
did you ever have a pet rock, you painted eyes on it

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#3356948 - 09/12/13 02:19 PM Re: Fitness back ground ?? [Re: Brisco Darlin]
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#3356951 - 09/12/13 02:21 PM Re: Fitness back ground ?? [Re: Poser]
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Man.... flipping through that Dixie Cragger's Atlans sure brings back some memories.
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#3356958 - 09/12/13 02:28 PM Re: Fitness back ground ?? [Re: Deck78]
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 Originally Posted By: Deck78
fuzz..... those climbing pics just took me back......



Man, talk about getting lost trying to find routes.... NC is the worst. I got lost in Linville Gorge once after we had rapped in and finally just had to climb an unknown route to get out of there. On another occasion, me and gal got behind a slow party on a multipitch climb that we had intended to blast in under 2 hours. We ended up getting stuck in the dark without a headlamp... I didn't have a shirt with me. It was a pitch black night and we lost the trail out and ended up having to crawl around on all 4s around the rim of a 500 foot drop. I knew the Mountain to Sea trail was at the top of the mountain we were on so we just started climbing up directly through the Rhododendron in the pitch black. We finally hit the trail after hours and were able to get our direction based on the lights of the city of Morganton. Awful night to be stuck in the wilderness without a flashlight or shirt. To this day, I never go in the woods without a flashlight or a shirt
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#3357001 - 09/12/13 03:04 PM Re: Fitness back ground ?? [Re: Poser]
Deck78
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what rock jock worth his salt doesn't have a great story of being totally compromised out on the face?! at least you were with a female. if it really went south you two were going to at least be able to keep each other warm \:\)

one time i took a buddy up a basic, 5.7/5.8 4 pitch trad route in early spring somewhere in NC, can't remember where anymore. there was a chance for rain but i had just got a full set of alien cams so i was dying to try them out. of course mother nature crushed us on the 3rd pitch and we were totally unprepared for the amount of bad weather that hit us. one rope, my rack which was not all that great at the time, and minimal clothing because, like you, we were going to jam out a quick climb, nothing more. a 5.7 is way too easy right? well by the time i got us up the 3rd pitch in the rain and set up for final pitch ascent, i noticed my buddy was starting to act a little funny.

long story short, the last pitch was really long and i couldn't really hear my buddy as he prepared to follow. i think he was shouting to me that he was scared but i didn't hear him. things were going well until he hit the ledge that had the only difficult move on the whole route and he just fell hard. i remember being able to count to 3 before he went tight on the line. he broke down after that and couldn't do any more. just refused to try. here i am in the pouring rain, sitting on the top of the cliff where the trail is that leads back down the mountain and my climbing partner wont come up. i waited and waited and finally i had to climb back down the last pitch without belay. found my buddy huddled in a ball suffering from fear/early hypothermia symptoms and had to tie him to me and rappel us down using the existing bolts that were scattered throughout. told him to anchor himself on the last ledge we were at to rappel to the bottom and started rigging for last rappel. i looked over at my buddy about 5 minutes later and he was staring off into space with nothing tied from the wall to his harness. i am so lucky he didn't take a dive. last time i ever took a newbie climbing!
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#3357027 - 09/12/13 03:28 PM Re: Fitness back ground ?? [Re: Deck78]
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That's a good one!

I did a route on the Diamond in CO with a guy that a barely knew. We flipped a coin for the two crux pitches. One was a 5.11+, over hanging finger crack, the other was a 5.10 off width, reportedly a total sandbag. I drew the offwidth. We fought over bringing a #5 Camalot, he called me a wus for wanting it and said we couldn't afford the weight. We left it behind. I'd be lying if I say I didn't have knots in my stomach thinking about that offwidth with a thousand feet of exposure. We swapped leads the first few pitches with the 2nd carrying the backpack. He cruised the finger crack in good style. 2 more pitches and we were totally committed to go up and hanging at the base of an intimidating offwidth. It started about 4 inches wide and got gradually wider as far as we could see. I manned up and stuck my fist in that crack, stacked my feet and started muscling my way up it, sliding the #4 cam with me along the way. Once the crack was too wide to accept the cam any more, I look up at ~70 feet of terrifyingly wide offwidth above me. It was not quite wide enough to put your body in, but too wide to do any kind of arm barring. I left the #4 in place with two carabiners on the rope and started gunning it in a lay back style. Problem was, I didn't anticipate the angle of the crack and my feet ended up above my head. The last 30 feet, the edge was rounded, too. Somehow, I mustered it up and gunned it to the top, somehow overcoming the fear of a 140 foot fall. I heel hooked my way onto the last move and was just about completely out of gas, looked down at the scree field 1500 feet below me and yanked myself over the ledge and projectile vomited right there Even though I did more technically demanding climbs, that was definitely the manliest lead I ever did. Freakin' offwidths were always intimidating to me. They were always graded ridiculously low, too. Want to see a 5.12 climber shake in their boots, put them on a 5.7 offwidth.
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#3357186 - 09/12/13 05:24 PM Re: Fitness back ground ?? [Re: Poser]
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Man that story just made me want to grab a roll of tape and wind up all the fingers for an all day sesh at the crags! So awesome man!

To the original poster, sorry for the hijack, carry on with original topic. \:\)



Edited by Deck78 (09/12/13 05:25 PM)
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#3357263 - 09/12/13 06:32 PM Re: Fitness back ground ?? [Re: Deck78]
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Mud Dauber
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 Originally Posted By: Deck78
Man that story just made me want to grab a roll of tape and wind up all the fingers for an all day sesh at the crags! So awesome man!

To the original poster, sorry for the hijack, carry on with original topic. \:\)



I can smell the chalk....
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#3357600 - 09/13/13 12:03 AM Re: Fitness back ground ?? [Re: Poser]
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My background is sports all through middle school and high school, taekwondo, and then the Marine Corps. I dont know all the details and fineness of fitness but I sure learned how to push myself to my limit.
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#3357695 - 09/13/13 07:08 AM Re: Fitness back ground ?? [Re: Poser]
Brisco Darlin
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 Originally Posted By: Poser
 Originally Posted By: Deck78
Man that story just made me want to grab a roll of tape and wind up all the fingers for an all day sesh at the crags! So awesome man!

To the original poster, sorry for the hijack, carry on with original topic. \:\)



I can smell the chalk....
my hands starting sweating reading poser's tale. i needed to chalk up after that. \:D
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#3358744 - 09/13/13 11:54 PM Re: Fitness back ground ?? [Re: Brisco Darlin]
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You guys are fine, its interest'n to hear the stories, since I was a kid sky diving & hang gliding looked like it was just a blast & probably wouldnt have took much to get me to try, but rock climbing was something I knew I didnt have any business even attempting, just to clumsy to be hang'n on a bluff.

Is this the looking glass your talk'n about ??

http://youtu.be/BT34xclxyns

carry on by all meens, good stuff.
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#3358959 - 09/14/13 10:18 AM Re: Fitness back ground ?? [Re: FOX FIRE]
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Mud Dauber
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 Originally Posted By: FOX FIRE
You guys are fine, its interest'n to hear the stories, since I was a kid sky diving & hang gliding looked like it was just a blast & probably wouldnt have took much to get me to try, but rock climbing was something I knew I didnt have any business even attempting, just to clumsy to be hang'n on a bluff.

Is this the looking glass your talk'n about ??

http://youtu.be/BT34xclxyns

carry on by all meens, good stuff.


Yep, that's it. I'd recognize that glacier polished granite anywhere. Its a fine feeling jamming your hands in some moderate sized cracks on a 55 degree day where you have optimal friction. I sure miss it. -might come around back to it someday, but surely not while I am living in Memphis.
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