/ Is it ever to late to start trad climbing
If he'd started tonight he could have had an extra hour at it, so no -never too late.
No, provided you have a good enough light, preferably a headtorch so your hands are free to hold onto the rock with.
In general, no
Although at 80 it might be physically a bit demanding!
nah never too late as long as youre reasonably fit and up for adventure.
> Thanks T
Nope - get to it
sorry for the joke advice earlier, was too good to resist!
its never too late to do something new.
Been mountaineering for years and started to have a interest in trad climbing and ice climbing...
Love the great outdoors and been a few times to Fair Head meet in Ballycastle, Northern Ireland, so tough why not and try to get into it...
It is far too late to start trad climbing. The sport climbing revolution is gathering pace, all the best crags are getting retro-bolted, all the good climbers are turning to sport and soon the only places where you can climb trad will be mossy mountain rambles and manky quarries. Surely you don't want that?
As a friend of mine said, "hard scrambles are harder and more dangerous than easy climbs". So no, if you're in to mountaineering already, it's not too late. Trad climbing can be very easy-going
In summary, no ones too old for it.
(In my area the biggest difference is that bolted routes tend to be faces. Trad lines tend to be cracks. It worked out for us that the transition to the different climbing style was the bigger issue.)
> Very good.
In life... No.
This year... It's bouldering season, you missed this summer's trad boat :)
How old are you?
Only jk, 38 myself...
I started climbing in my 30s and I know plenty of others who have.
Language is the hardest bit. For instance you will have to get used to the fact that when people say pants, they sometimes mean their trousers rather than what is conspicuously visible above the waistline of their trousers.
> Only jk, 38 myself...
One of the most enthusiastic climbers I know started in his early 50s.
38? Really, and you have to ask!
I only started bouldering at 41. While I will never worry the stars of the game (unless I get a weapon in my hands), I get great enjoyment from it and my bouldering is good enough, even still slowly improving.
I can't believe you had to ask the question.
Even if you had been 89 I'd have said "Give it a go!"
I was recently taking a party of people on a Health Walk, we went via an outdoor gym with various adult exercise stations including a zip wire. One of my walkers was an 85 year old lady. She went on the zip wire twice before I had to drag her away to continue the walk.
Im just starting climbing next week myself & whilst under no illusion as to how hard it is, don't expect to find it any harder than someone 20 years younger.
Just remember, if your mind is beaten your body stands little chance so never doubt yourself, set realistic targets (small steps) & train regularly.
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