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> (In reply to balmybaldwin)
> If you think that strength not agility and skill gets you up overhangs you've got it all wrong
I'm well aware that it doesn't, as I'm certainly not the strongest, however as for getting people in to climbing big overhanging walls that are perceived to require a lot of upper body strength can be rather intimidating. Certainly until you learn the appropriate techniques upperbody strength can make the difference between getting up an easy overhang and not.
It was probably a poor example, maybe a better one is simply that most route setters are male, and as a result most routes set tend to be reachier for the smaller among us, and as your average woman is smaller than your average man... I remember a particular bouldering set at Craggy where Marc set half the routes and Danni (Centre manager and his Girlfriend) set the other half, the difference was Danni's included contortionist, cramped moves for me, where as Marc's were relatively comfortable at similar grades. Most of the girls I knew at the wall loved Danni's routes, as reach suddenly wasn't an issue.
I remain convinced however that women have an advantage on slabby/balancey routes due in part to the shape and flexibility of their bodies (this doesn't mean men can't be good at them or women can't be good at burly overhanging routes)