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The official stoked thread!
widewetandslippery
1-Apr-2010
9:29:13 AM
On 31/03/2010 musique wrote:
>I'm stoked I'm in Rome.

apart from old german pedophiles what else is in rome?

gordoste
1-Apr-2010
2:24:37 PM
i heard there's a church or two and somebody dug up a couple of old buildings
bl@ke
1-Apr-2010
6:28:32 PM
And Rex!

Sarah Gara
2-Apr-2010
1:52:18 AM
also the most expensive cup of coffee possibly in the world. x

BoulderBaby
2-Apr-2010
7:13:08 AM
Paris, Milan, Como, Swizterland, Roma, and on Saturday Venice, and then back home to the Peaks.

Haven't done any climbing- just stoked I'm here with my family, after 10 months and more without them!
daave
4-Apr-2010
8:38:12 AM
Super stoked that yesterday, 3 of us walked from Kanagra to Katoomba (56km) in a day. Our goal was to do it sub 12 hours - but our hopes of actually achieving this were dashed after getting lost for 40 mins only 25 mins into the walk :(

But with much pain, cramps, blisters and cuts (oh and did I mention pain...?) all three of us pushed on with a few 5-10 min breaks during the day and ended up running the last 100m of the Narrowneck firetrail in a time of 11hr 13min!

ABSOLUTELY STOKED...even if my body thinks otherwise right now... :D
Olbert
4-Apr-2010
9:33:56 AM
Im stoked for Dave that he made it on his epic walk in under the time that he was aiming for!

I am also very stoked that I did not accompany Dave on his stupidly epic walk cos why the hell would you do that when you can just go climbing?!?

I am stoked that I had three awesome climbing days in a row!

pmonks
4-Apr-2010
2:44:52 PM
Stoked to have sneaked in a last minute boarding trip to Tahoe today, and double stoked that they'd had 1 foot of powder over night!!

jkane
8-Apr-2010
12:08:37 AM
Stoked to be a dad! Had a little boy last Wednesday.
Wendy
8-Apr-2010
8:38:56 AM
On 8/04/2010 jkane wrote:
>Stoked to be a dad! Had a little boy last Wednesday.

Awesome, now you can offer him for sale in exchange for climbing gear .... Congratulations, but also commiserations for the inevitable decline in your climbing career! Hope mum and bub are well.

cruze
8-Apr-2010
10:07:34 AM
On 8/04/2010 Wendy wrote:
>On 8/04/2010 jkane wrote:
>>Stoked to be a dad! Had a little boy last Wednesday.
>
>Awesome, now you can offer him for sale in exchange for climbing gear
>.... Congratulations, but also commiserations for the inevitable decline
>in your climbing career! Hope mum and bub are well.

I wouldn't mind hearing a few comments from people who have started families and how that impacted on climbing as their pastime. My feeling is that the enjoyment would start coming from other aspects of climbing rather than training and conquering... Anyone?

evanbb
8-Apr-2010
10:28:41 AM
On 8/04/2010 cruze wrote:
>I wouldn't mind hearing a few comments from people who have started families
>and how that impacted on climbing as their pastime. My feeling is that
>the enjoyment would start coming from other aspects of climbing rather
>than training and conquering... Anyone?

Could be worth a thread Cruze? Might not get picked up here...

IdratherbeclimbingM9
8-Apr-2010
11:21:09 AM
On 8/04/2010 Wendy wrote:
>On 8/04/2010 jkane wrote:
>>Stoked to be a dad! Had a little boy last Wednesday.
>
>Awesome, now you can offer him for sale in exchange for climbing gear
>.... Congratulations, but also commiserations for the inevitable decline
>in your climbing career! Hope mum and bub are well.

Stoked for you and your family jkane.
I tend to agree with Wendy re a likely decline in climbing grades (at least initially), due the boldness element is curbed when you become responsible for others.
The same thing will likely also apply to your motorcycling.
~> ... but you will appreciate moments in both climbing & motorcycling, even though reduced in time, more as a result.
:)

Also agree with evanbb that a new thread will get a better response to the cruze question.

gordoste
8-Apr-2010
12:00:41 PM
personally i have found that i can still get out once or twice a week but only for 2-3 hours instead of daytrips. However my little guy is only 9 weeks.
Wendy
8-Apr-2010
12:36:50 PM
>I tend to agree with Wendy re a likely decline in climbing grades (at least initially), due the boldness element is curbed when you become responsible for others.

I wasn't even thinking about grades or boldness ... just simple things like time and sleep which are quite conducive to being able to go climbing.

>My feeling is that the enjoyment would start coming from other aspects of climbing rather than training and conquering...

I must admit training and conquering have never been high on my climbing agenda and there are no babies involved.

porkpie
8-Apr-2010
12:40:34 PM
I have two boys aged 1 and 3. Time to go climbing is very limited but I get out for the occassional boulder and try to climb once a week. Time at the crag is very valuable but also more special as it is now a rarity. I have never enjoyed my climbing so much (even though I am so weak I couldn't pull the skin off a rice pudding)

The early days are easy. I used to take the baby to bouldering crags and he would sleep while I climbed but once they reach about 12 months it's all over - they walk on you bouldering pad as you're trying to topout on highballs or fall down rocks (one scabby knee and the wife bans baby bouldering).

We (a bunch of climbing Dads) did a week down at Araps and it was awesome - I missed the boys but gee it was good to escape the wife and work!! Have to be organised but there is life after kids and I wouldn't swap my boys for all the climbing in the world.

pmonks
8-Apr-2010
1:02:13 PM
^^^^ What porkpie said.

Mine are 3 & 5 and I basically gave up climbing between the birth of the first and the birth of the second. Time limitations, sleep deprivation (thankfully temporary!), crawlers / toddlers who have no sense of safety - you name it, there are myriad reasons it gets a whole lot harder to climb.

...BUT...

Soon after the birth of #2 I decided I had to start doing something / anything to try to get into shape, and climbing was the only real option (never been all that interested in any other kind of sport). So I started hitting the gym again and also got into bouldering in a big way (partly because my regular partner retired and moved back to Australia - if you see Ray at the crag, say g'day to him for me!).

Bouldering has been great because I'd never really worked at it (so a whole new slew of interesting challenges), it's far more time efficient than roped climbing (no time wasted frigging with rigging) and it's actually quite good training for "real" climbing, although my endurance remains absolutely terrible - I can crank a V5 move, but can't climb a 15m grade 20 without getting pumped senseless.

I also bought a hangboard, which has done absolute wonders for my strength and is also super time efficient (in a good week I do a 10 minute sequence twice during the week - any more than that and I'd blow a foofoo valve!).

I also make a point of getting out for one "big trip" a year (usually a 4 day long w/e), thanks mostly to my wife being willing to look after the kids for that time. In recent years this has mostly been big long remote easy (< grade 15) alpine rock routes, but I'm actually really keen this year to do some harder stuff - maybe 3rd Pillar of Dana or a trip out to Red Rocks or something. I've also found some other parents at my kids' school who climb, so I'm hoping to figure some weekends out with them where we trade babysitting duties while the others climb.

Oh and having a spouse who climbs seems to be a huge differentiator in terms of how much time you get outside on real rock. The couples I meet who both climb seem to get out way more than the couples where only one parent climbs - shared interests, blah blah blah.

Location is probably a factor too - Sydney is truly blessed to have so much rock so close by (urban crags) and so many world class destinations (Blueys, Pt Perp, Mt Keira) an easy day trip away. Most other places (including Melbourne and the SF Bay Area) aren't so lucky - there's basically nothing worthwhile within a day trip (although at least the Bay Area has a dozen or so worthwhile bouldering areas).

jkane
8-Apr-2010
5:42:13 PM
Some interesting stuff to consider here and I'll check out the other thread too. I'm still in denial that it will affect my climbing - part of the plan leads me to my next stoked post...

Stoked that my woodie in the garage is 80% done (and usable)

Although due to the 80/20 rule, will probably be a long time before it's 100% complete. When it is, I'll post some photos on that (woodie) thread.
egosan
9-Apr-2010
10:37:21 AM
I am stoked that Sarah O'Gara is back amongst us.

Sarah Gara
9-Apr-2010
10:56:07 AM
On 9/04/2010 egosan wrote:
>I am stoked that Sarah O'Gara is back amongst us.

Thanks Sol. (and to thing I was considering winding you up with poor grammar on another thread not too long before) I know I've been too busy at work recently. Back in the Uk not missed it not too much to do in the evening as all my friends are working-so all good and no late nights and coming on here is more interesting than tv.

I'm stoked that I'm going skiing and ice climbing ( weather dependant but it's looking promising) at the Nevis range on Sat - tues. Also planning on heading to he peak district next week.

I'm also stoked that I've settled so well in Oz and am glad that I can't wait to get back - big change form August/Sept when I hated it hey?

Think I might go to bed now it's late. Don't work too hard guys x

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