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What is a bumbly? 3-Jun-2008 At 12:46:33 PM deadbudgy
I need clarification on the term bumbly. I took two guys climbing at Berowra on the weekend. Both guys started climbing 3 years ago in the gym and have only just recently started outdoors. They can both climb harder grades than me in the gym and on sport climbs. They call me a bumbly because the hardest sport climb I have done is 23 and I usually climb lower. I have been climbing outdoors for 12 years (since 14 yo). I can climb rock, ice and snow, trad, sport and I do alot of bouldering. I have climbed all over OZ and NZ. My sport grades are generally the same as my trad grades. I have been rescued and done the rescuing. Am I a bumbly because I can only onsight grade 21? I thought the term refered to a beginers tense climbing style and subsequent 'bumbling' of gear, ropes etc. Does experience have anything to do with it or should just resign myself to being 'bumbly' and keep climbing?
What is a bumbly??... someone must know...

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