/ If you could give yourself one piece of climbing advice...
For starters mine is - no matter how hungry you are, or how tasty they look, don't eat the left over ham sandwiches which have been at the bottom of your pack all day. If you do you'll spend the next two days attached to the bogs or in bed with a fever wishing you could die. You would have thought I'd learn my lesson after the first time too.
Would be to give up being a bit of a bottle merchant at times, sometimes it can crash and burn. Never a good thing.
Although I've just started so have a while to sort it out !
don't try to speed up an afternoon descent on a snow slope by attempting to slide down whilst self arresting.
And lose some weight you fat bastard.
COLINS TOP TIP.
always go to the loo before setting off.
for some reasom after a long walk in ,i need to go to the loo before i start climbing ...ruined no end of underpants to wipe my a**e and had to climB commando style.
appendage has popped through zipper on many a climb.
end up stuffing stained apparel in my backpack in sandwich wrapper then forgetting about them till the next outing.
do i need to draw a picture ?
My advice would be "When JAK asks you if you want to go climbing in 1998, say yes."
Mine would be: the gear is OK and you're climbing about 4 grades below your limit, for God's sake man up and go for it!
Not sure I would have listened though.
Don't fall off.
That, and loose some weight
> don't try to speed up an afternoon descent on a snow slope by attempting to slide down whilst self arresting.
> WALK DOWN!
Either that or "don't spend all day walking down a slope when you can glissade to victory in half the time".
guess id summarize all my advice to my younger self, as be patient and walk down, but get down long before the afternoon
glissading will ruin your knees and prematurely shorten your time in your hobby
Sport climbing is not the devil.
I hate to think what I'd be able to climb now if I hadn't been such an anti-bolt luddite for so long
I'd go back to just before I decked off a severe and tell myself, that just cause it's an 'easy' trad climb, you still need to be careful and put plenty of gear in and not rush.
In common with many of the above 'get some weight off' and 'any step up is a step in the right direction'.
I dunno, you get 70 year olds climbing 8a and things, I guess it's possible to be as lightweight if you're carefull, it's kind of why i've not given up all hope for my elbows, i'm only 32.
I'm not living for them recovering, but they might do all the same.
Never believe yourself when you think to yourself "I held on as long as I could".
Climbing girlfriends are the holy grail - get one sooner, friends that climb harder than you will make you better & stronger quicker than trail blazing for your self. And dont drop off bouldering too much on poor mats etc if you want your knees to live as long as your torso.
If i'd started earlier, but then the opportunity wasn't there when I was a kid, so a pointless piece of advice if I were to go back in time.
Stuff work, go climbing!
When you start out choose your climbing partners carefully ....... They may well be your best friends 40 years later. (Cheesey but true!)
Warm up properly before doing a bouldering comp. Then you wouldn't be sitting here now with a bad back unable to climb. Dumbass.
I have three rules, the first is the one I would offer:
1) When stuck think feet.
2) When in doubt, place more gear.
3) When climbing, climb fast (as in from rest to rest.)
“Climb if you will, but remember that courage and strength are nought without prudence, and that a momentary negligence may destroy the happiness of a lifetime. Do nothing in haste; look well to each step; and from the beginning think what may be the end."
Don't try to reverse the irreversible move!
It's not that important.
Start at the bottom.
Mine would be to always tidy your mats up between goes on a boulder problem. If I'd done that I probably wouldn't have screwed my ankle up highballing!
Mine would be "It's all about technique, push yourself to your limits, you're perfectly capable....
and here are next Saturday's winning lotto numbers"
the pice of climbing advice i would give myself is better knowledge of the Nepalese language reduces the chance black toes
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