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WiggleFM presenter on 09 May 2001 - 212.219.94.98 whois?
Interested in use of words in climbing

To Crank is to use arm strength on a move.

Jamming is fisting into gooves or using bodily parts.

Anyone got any others?
jude on 09 May 2001 - webcache-12.ps.ifl.net
In reply to WiggleFM presenter:

Taking a whipper = big fall

decking out = falling to ground

dynoing = having to jump/kinda lunge for a move

lay back = using ur weight/arms in reverse to normal + leaning back (i know what I mean)

ok gotta go

jude
Dave on 09 May 2001 - tashayarr-ext.vnu.co.uk
In reply to WiggleFM presenter:
Grrrrrruuuummphhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh... A VS chimney in the Lakes

RRrrraaaaaaahhhhhahhhhhhhh... An overhanging crimpy horrible move

Michaelw on 09 May 2001 - mail.welplan.co.uk
In reply to WiggleFM presenter:

Thrutch, as in squeezing, pushing, struggling up through a constriction or chimney, sometimes noisily

Disco Knee - Leg Tremens observable in beginner leads or out of practice folk who have gone slightly too boldly (Formerly called an Eckenstein after Oscar Eckenstein I believe)

Choss, Choss pile - poor quality rock, rubble etc encountered while climbing




matt on 09 May 2001 - leighmail.demon.co.uk
In reply to WiggleFM presenter:

slap
crimp
sprag
press
undercut
pinch
share / match
knee bar
heel / toe hook
figure of four
dyno
pop
jump
lob
pad
smear

couldn't be arsed writing the descriptions, everyone knows what they are. but it must make us look like a funny bunch using the above in conversation.

laterzz

m@
wiggleFM presenter on 09 May 2001 - 212.219.94.98 whois?
In reply to matt:

Matt


Descriptions would be most helpful
BrianT on 09 May 2001 - 195.195.7.49 whois?
In reply to WiggleFM presenter:
"Thrutching" is a good one: Much used in the early days, but modern extreme climbing doesn't involve much thrutching!
Basically a way of making an upward move on an off-width crack or awkward chimney, Also known as "udging".
BrianT on 09 May 2001 - 195.195.7.49 whois?
In reply to WiggleFM presenter:
"Sandbag": A route that is severely undergraded.
Cf: To sandbag someone, ie. to direct them onto a route that you know is too hard for them, despite its innocuous grade, with hilarious results! Ho ho.(we've all done it!)
BrianT on 09 May 2001 - 195.195.7.49 whois?
In reply to wiggleFM presenter:
I suppose as a non-climber, even the gear may be of interest?
Friends: a camming device to provide protection in cracks.
Crabs/Krabs: short for Karabiners
There's loads more. Want'em?
In reply to WiggleFM presenter:

Climbing is also good at producing some great oximorons -
micro-jug, easy-E5, sloping-bucket, steep-slab, gently-overhanging, ....


Alan
Phil K on 09 May 2001 - 195.10.102.219 whois?
What is headpoint,redpoint,etc....??????
Tom Briggs on 09 May 2001 - hkexpeds.demon.co.uk
In reply to WiggleFM presenter:

There are some great descriptions out there of moves/climbs.
E.g.

"5.14 shoulder scum" (5.14 being the grade and shoulder scum being an udgy movement using the shoulder against rock in a groove to assist upward progress, groove being a....)

"Karate-chop handjams" - says it all?

"Apparent slab" - i.e. not a slab

...or how about commonly-used expletives for when things get tough? Climbed with an American once who would scream "this sucks a moose's c*ck and a half" when he found it all a bit too hard going...
andy - on 09 May 2001
In reply to WiggleFM presenter:

Rolfing; Vigourous hand movements, usually made blindly above the head, in the vain hope that the shite holds that you've recently discounted will miraculously have become better. Named after the painting movements made by a well known Antipodean fluffy bunny programme presenter and wobble board impressario.
Michaelw on 09 May 2001 - mail.welplan.co.uk
In reply to WiggleFM presenter:

"You'll find this next bit interesting/entertaining" -
words a second waiting to climb dreads to hear.

Festering - Bored climbers who can't climb because of weather/lack of partner etc behaving like bacteria in a pustule.
BrianT on 09 May 2001 - 195.195.7.49 whois?
In reply to Michaelw: The RURP was always good for a laff: The "Realised Ultimate Reality Piton"; what was it, 1/4" long or summat?
Michaelw on 09 May 2001 - mail.welplan.co.uk
In reply to BrianT:

Read about them but never saw one! Leeper is another american piton (I think) you can still buy.

Stitching a route - placing gear on a route at the same rate as a sewing machine would, possibly unnecessarily?
Jason on 09 May 2001 - boitier1.hec.fr
In reply to BrianT:
check out the Yank sites..

sending

pulling down hard

amazing
Al Evans on 09 May 2001
In reply to Jason: What about a copperhead its either a deadly poison's snake or a wire loop thingy with a soft metal (copper?) head that you bash into a marginal placement on an aid route!
Niall on 09 May 2001 - stat30_140.qmuc.ac.uk

Lobster: A red seawater crusteacean, or a climber who reguarly takes massives falls (lobs).
Si on 09 May 2001 - 217.79.97.80 whois?
In reply to WiggleFM presenter:

http://home.tiscalinet.de/ockier/climbing_dict.htm

has a few that even climbers have not heard of...
FH on 09 May 2001 - proxyserver.lcb.ac.uk
In reply to WiggleFM presenter:
The process of climbing a large arms span block= Fridge Hugging
pete on 09 May 2001 - 212.219.94.98 whois?
In reply to BrianT:

Yes please Brian ...... any many as you can muster

Mick Fowler . Stpehen Venables, Louise Thomas, are all on he show!!! Should be GReat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Vdiff Dave - on 09 May 2001
Round my way we all call it 'Elvis Leg' when you get the shakes.
andy - on 09 May 2001
In reply to Vdiff Dave: Same syndrome, terminology courtesy of Rob Knight aka The Darklord;

"His leg was shaking like a shitting dog..."
Anonymous on 09 May 2001 - webcacheM06b.cache.pol.co.uk
In reply to WiggleFM presenter:

hoolie - Scottish. Description of (ubiquitous ) high wind

jocker, epic, Mahabarata - a very bad time

the knot fairies - little cretures that live inside rucksacks and mess up your ropes

a clusterfuck - the product of hard-working knot fairies

air miles - flying time clocked up by the careless





Dennis on 09 May 2001 - 212.134.230.203 whois?
In reply to WiggleFM presenter:

'Ground-up' seems to be a coming back... Climbing without prior knowledge of the - route.

Dennis M
almost sane on 10 May 2001 - 195.44.196.18 whois?
In reply to WiggleFM presenter:
"getter-outer" aka "poddler" aka "nut key"
a device to aid in the removal of gear from placements (something you poke and yank and wiggle ina desparate attempt to remove a recalcitrant bit of metal from some rock which is not letting go.)

You are "in the system" when you are attached to the collection of ropes and anchors which are being used to belay the climber.

"Direct belay" - the weight of the climber will be held totally by the anchors.
"Indirect belay" - some of the weight will be borne by the belayer.

"anchor" a belay which is used to tie someone onto the rock.

"runner" aka "running belay" a belay attached to the rock through which the rope (hopefully!) runs freely
jude calvert-toulmin on 10 May 2001 - AC8B1C8A.ipt.aol.com
In reply to WiggleFM presenter: "belay bunny" - one of mart's favourite insults. a fluffy girly type who hangs around with famous climbers simply for flirting purposes. luckily kate and i don't know any of those do we kate however we do know a few "belay bisons" who snort steam out of their nostrils and whose eyes flail wide in awe and who pound the floor with one 5.10 shod hoof when they see our buts fluidly and gracefully ascending out of their reach above them
Kevin on 10 May 2001 - typhon.herts.ac.uk
In reply to WiggleFM presenter:

Minging = The weather in the UK most of the time

Any form of swearing is always common - usually means that someone is about to take a fall, or that a hold is not what they expected.

Shiny metal = any new gear
Will on 10 May 2001 - 212.36.174.169 whois?
In reply to Kevin: Climbed once with a Canadian guy who started each ascent witha warcry of "Knickers! Let's magnetise this motherf***er!"

I have no idea why.
chris on 10 May 2001 - cap140.capgemini.co.uk
In reply to WiggleFM presenter:

"Pedaling" (AKA "tour de france technique") - frantic scrabbling of feet to try and get purchase on something.

Frequently practiced by beginners on overhangs, and by me in winter. Often followed by a huge desmond (=desmond dekker=deck out=fall off (QV))
Al Evans on 10 May 2001
In reply to chris: Pedaloing, means of escape from a failed deep water solo.
BrianT on 10 May 2001 - 195.195.7.49 whois?
In reply to Kevin: Ah yes, but "minging" is a general parlance word; not particularto climbing. Where I come from, it's in everyday usage.
Paul on 10 May 2001 - inktomi1-car.server.ntl.com
In reply to WiggleFM presenter:
"Groveling"- The primal ability to claw, tooth and nail, over the moss, choss,and dross of alpine terrain. Of wending your way up china cabinets of rock glued together by the merest film of bug, bird and bat shit. About tent entrapment in rain and snow, and enduring your own and others' clammy, smelly, sweaty, fetid, bad-breathed bodies and biohazardous underwear. It's about eating kerosone tainted food and wading through snot-slick, knee deep snow, in pissing rain, bent over by a hernia-inducing load.-

"Hairy Arsed Style"- An insult aimed at old mountaineers who always seem to find the best sleeping spot and end up with the sleeping bag, while we slowly get edged over the cliff with our feet stuffed into the rucksack.

bawbag on 10 May 2001 - webcacheM07b.cache.pol.co.uk
In reply to WiggleFM presenter:
also

gack- low quality, convenience climbing food. Eg pork pies, chocolate, lard etc

gash - descriptive of bad weather conditions

snedge - snow

bumbly - fat, overequiped, undertalented, unimaginative climber. Fond of chunky old style helmets

pobs- admittedly a neologism. Stands for 'psycho old bastards'. Old men in running tights who float un-nervingly up knarly and very dangerous ground.
sutty on 10 May 2001
In reply to WiggleFM presenter: Broddler or broddeling stick, nut tool or coat hanger or whatever thing you use for threads/cheating/getting yourself out of the shit.
Cowbell, large hex that clanks as you walk/climb.
Frigg, cheat/mess about.
Easy day for a lady, Last years desperate routes
Exceptionally severe, Todays HVS
Dennis on 10 May 2001 - praetorian0.44whit.proxy.easynet.net
In reply to sutty: 'Exceptionally sever, Todays HVS', - dream on...

Dennis M.
Jude on 10 May 2001 - inktomi1-bir.server.ntl.com
In reply to WiggleFM presenter:

clag = bad day in the lakes weather wise
sutty on 10 May 2001
In reply to Dennis: I remember doing Great central route on Dow and the description was, "Exceptionally severe and strenuous, rubbers and insurance policy advised", can't remember the rest of the preamble but you will find it in one of the old FRCC journals of the fifties. Some of Abrahams xs routes are now hard severes but there are the odd routes that are still hard.
Vdiff Dave - on 11 May 2001
In reply to WiggleFM presenter:

"Bong" sizes 8,9,10,11 hex

"Chicken heads" tiny pebbles used as holds

"pecker foot" see 'elvis leg' & 'disco leg'

"cheating stick" long pole used to pre-clip bolts
Dennis on 12 May 2001 - praetorian0.44whit.proxy.easynet.net
In reply to sutty:

Try Bottrills (?) Slab on Scafell without a - rack...

Dennis M.

sutty on 13 May 2001
In reply to Dennis: there were no racks around when I did it, just slings and pebbles and the latest footwear, klettershue.

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