/ Hungover Climbing. Is it a good idea?
I had to get up early to meet friends because i was driving (which i was late for) and then i had to lead because they were too scared.
lowering off was the worst bit. Never again.
Not half as much fun as climbing while pished!
It took me about an hour to get up jacks rake once because I was so messed up after the previous night in the ODG that I kept missing the hand holds.
Is there a different way?
she still climbs often with a hangover. (if she remembers her gear)
Still though its not as bad as this video i have seen,
Hes so hung over he gets his knee stuck is sick and has an accident in his pants.
sad but funny at the same time. I can honestly say this has never happend to me.
Went bouldering once with a stinking hangover, I had a purple patch of about 5 mins then that was that. Almost went indoor climbing with a horrible hangover, I put my harness on and then thought I don't fancy shouting 'below'.
My first lead (VS), my first HVS and first E1 were all very hungover affairs. I got lost on Tryfan last year as a result of overindulging the previous evening and ended up climbing a small waterfall having followed the standard "if in doubt follow the polished rock". All good fun.
Seconded Right Angle at Gurnard's Head whilst hungover. I think if I had been fully of sound mind I probably would have been too scared.
On the belay after the first pitch of Suspense, Stennis Ford:
Nez - get on with it then!
Enty - hold on, think I'm gonna puke
Nez - FFS
Enty - Bleurrrrgh
Nez - nice!
Enty - right I'm having it, watch me.
Love that video. How many epics have begun with the phrase "I'm so hungover"?
Isn't there a John Long quote about the best climbers not being the ones propping up the bar at the end of the night?
I'm getting too old to climb after a session....
I've only climbed once after a big session and it was horrible. My balance was shot, I pumped out easily, felt scared the whole time, and having to bag up a batch of 'hangover black' is not an experience I wish to repeat.
I've also got a mate who had to climb the midi in a sling harness cos he was hungover and forget his proper harness.
To sumarise; I'm not a fan! My climbing is bad enough on a good day.
I think that quote more relates to the idea that all the bold climbers die young trying bold routes, not so much climbing fitness.
Yer it's only tongue in cheek, but still, I'm pretty sure that's the meaning of the saying.
Although I do tip my youthful hat to your gnarly old school climbing!
I remember Alex telling me it was good training for climbing with altitude sickness :-)
About 200 yrs ago...we used to climb on a Saturday morning...even in Winter..and it was quiet..even at the Roaches...Me, Paul and Mike.
One Saturday I was belayed by Paul.."on route" up Via Dolorosa. Mike turns up looking a bit "green"..and moaning about A "HEAVY Friday Night"...as usual.
Up to the stance..bring up Paul..take a break while he hauls up Mike.
Off to the top..Belay..."climb when you're ready"..
."We have a problem"..
"Mike's gone to sleep"
"Well wake him up!"
(much shouting..I think physical violence was employed..more shouting)
"Mike's coming up next"
( probably a good idea tying him onto the middle rather than at the end??)
I have never seen anyone manage to go to sleep on the flake move..
30 mins later.
"Is He up yet?"
"I can't pull him past the runner!"
I have to admit I respect Paul for climbing (somewhat unprotected) to Mike..Unclipping the rope and helping to haul him up the last few feet..
Or was that kicking him...
I'd like to think that was the last time Mike climbed with us....but I think a couple of weeks later we were at Hen Cloud......
Did it two weeks ago for the first, and hopefully last time. Puked on the 5 minute walk-in up to Stanage and had a day missing out a lot of climbs and feeling rotten leading anything.
Not much fun
Soloing a route in Gressoney that we had wobbled up at the start of the week, in the dark, after ten pints. Great fun, much giggling.
> I remember Alex telling me it was good training for climbing with altitude sickness :-)
That's what I've told all the guys I've managed to drag to the Alps....
Have climbed many, many times with a vile hangover. In this condition "bold" routes are definitely a better bet than "strenuous". Was once so hungover that I fell over at the base of the crag, after leading Sunset Slab & 3PS......
Climbing with a hangover for me means that I become a person who struggles to lead Severe (a drop of 2 or 3 grades from normal). I try not to do it very often :-)
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