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Bouldering Discussion / Re: Problems that require a cusp
« on: May 18, 2012, 10:20:10 AM »
A guppy is a fish.

Loco Total - definitely get your money's worth with the length of it, and no spotters required!!

Bouldering Discussion / Re: Conditions in The Cave
« on: May 10, 2012, 10:42:58 PM »
I don't think it has much to do with seepage - just need a breeze/wind blowing across the cave and it'll dry

James and I were there a week ago and the air was totally still - the Cave was soaked - on a windier day it would have been worth waiting around for it to dry -

A greater concern might be the height of the sand!!! Bring your bucket and spade!!

I was at the board for 3 hours on Tuesday I'll have you know! Keeping on top of my cycling and my climbing!!! :)

7a Tim! Maybe I'll go give it a try!!

Bouldering Discussion / Re: Bouldering pad
« on: May 09, 2012, 02:43:22 PM »
Them Alpkit ones seem to be very good for the price they are - indestructible and cheap - perfect combination! Think you might have to buy them online though...

Bouldering Discussion / Re: Apples versus Oranges
« on: May 08, 2012, 09:37:22 PM »
Ha ha! Brilliant!!

Dave with regards the 'Chin Up' poll above... are those chin ups off a pull up bar or a door frame and how many fingers and arms are allowed?

Bouldering Discussion / Re: Apples versus Oranges
« on: May 02, 2012, 11:49:45 AM »
Nice Dave!

Barry, I agree with you - I think there's something slightly and maybe accidentally profound about the 'two grade system' of can/can't suggested to me:

It's totally personal, and looks directly at one's own intrinsic motivation to complete the problem at hand. It disregards the idea that 'this line is easy because it's a 5+ so I should be able to do it/flash it... and if I'm not able, I'm gonna throw a strop'.

It takes away one's competitive nature - He/She can only climb 6b so I should be able to get this first...

At the end of a day out bouldering one might say to oneself: I could climb that one, but I couldn't climb the other... instead of... I didn't get that stupid 5+ but I did that 7a, so who cares about the 5... and so on...

It allows one to find an easy problem hard or a hard problem easy...

Just a thought - that's all

I've spoken at length about grades in the past trying to get to the bottom of it all for my own motivation. The more I looked, the more I realised there is no definitive answer. That's when I came to the conclusion that grades are after-all opinions, and I don't invest as much time worrying about them any more. I don't think they're stupid and never said that or even eluded to it.

It's undeniably satisfying when I climb something that everyone agrees was hard and 'of the grade' it was given.

But more often than not these days - it's about good quality climbing for me - that might change next month, who knows.

Blind stick is a lovely problem, brilliant quality climbing - I've always thought it went at about 6b+,  think it's about as hard as Duffy's Slap (6b+) on Big Jim but with a dodgy landing...  but it came very simply to me once I found the beta, others disagree...

And so the debate continues...

Pretty funny to me that heads are saying that Loco is 7a,7b,7b+ when I've heard some of the same heads claiming Rhythm and Stealth is 6c...

Grades are what they are... opinions.

A wise boulderer once said:

There are two grades: I can, and I can't

These days I think that man is right.

Bouldering Discussion / Re: News: New problems in The Scalp
« on: April 18, 2012, 01:40:30 PM »

Bouldering Discussion / Re: Kerry Bouldering Meet
« on: April 05, 2012, 09:46:35 AM »
So weather pending - is there a bouldering troop headed down to the Gap this year?!!

Bouldering Discussion / Re: physio
« on: April 04, 2012, 02:53:52 PM »
Aidan Woods. Pearse St physio.

Sorted out a LOT of climbers and is brilliant at what he does.

Bouldering Discussion / Re: Suggestions for theshortspan front page
« on: April 02, 2012, 02:35:53 PM »
Yeah, loads of people say Facebook has dropped in popularity and people say they don't check it anymore and so on - but they do and for my money, the Irish climbing scene thrives on Facebook. Almost 100% of the climbing news/photos/events that I come across is through Facebook.

That's just the reality.

Maybe I'll make myself in charge of posting your interesting blog posts up on FB!!!! ;)

And yeah Barry!, When are we gonna see a Cork based blog!!!!!!!

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