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Bouldering Discussion / Re: Bouldering meet 1/2/3th March CANCELLED
« on: February 27, 2013, 04:31:45 PM »
Sad to hear it Dave.

Bouldering Discussion / Re: Videos etc
« on: September 25, 2012, 09:01:29 PM »
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Has this got a name? Looks cool.

Bouldering Discussion / Re: Dawes v Boulder Pads
« on: May 31, 2012, 10:48:03 AM »
Climbing gets more and more softcore...

The nice thing though is that it doesn't really matter what way you do things as long as you're honest and don't chip/bolt/polish things too much by toproping. I never fancied those short grit routes. Seems like a waste of time paying out a rope and placing a sideways RP2 that'll probably rip out anyway. Makes a lot more sense to me to do them as highball problems. And that's from somebody who doesn't even love bouldering that much.

I hardly boulder at all so maybe what I'm about to say bears no relevance to any grading discussion but I've a particularly dull task to complete at work at the moment and I'm looking for 5 minutes of distraction.

I think grading matters less in bouldering. Not saying it doesn't matter, but it seems to me that trad climbing has a lot more going on (gear, exposure, seriousness, sustainedness [is that even a word?..]) so it's more important to know a grade before setting off up a line. With bouldering (for me at least), the pleasure is almost 100% in the movement (movement is hugely important in the enjoyment of routes too but often there's more going on so it doesn't get all the attention). This means I either like a boulder problem or I don't and if I want to do it enough and I'll keep trying it if I see that it's possible. If I was stood under an E5 5c it would matter more that I know the grade than if I was sat under a 7B.

All that said, grades do exist and do give a bit of structure to guidebooks and ideas of fitness so it's a bit irrelevant me waffling on...

Bouldering Discussion / Re: Apples versus Oranges
« on: May 03, 2012, 03:38:44 PM »
It has to be apples, for a number of reasons:

- they can be grown at home. In a world of dwindling fossil fuels and increasing RyanAir taxes we can hardly keep importing all these exotic heavy fruits. Sure aren't they mostly made of water anyway, which is fierce heavy!

- oranges aren't worth the hassle. Sticky fingers, rind under your nails... You'll use more energy getting up to go to the bathroom and scrubbing your hands than you'll gain from the fruit. Hardly optimal foraging.

It's quiet at work today...

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