how many people on STW climb?
I’m very much a walker/climber/mountaineer who uses mtb as another option to get out in the mountains, hills and moors. Tend to do more mtb these days, but not out of choice particularly, it’s just how it is. Still get out walking and climbing occasionally and returned again to the alps on a mountaineering trip in 2010 ticking off a few more 4000m peaks. Most rock climbing recently has been based around taking my 8yo godson indoors and outdoor climbing, which all means I’ve recently done virtually nothing personally, but still keen.Posted 5 years agodaftvaderMember
Used to alot, would like to get back into it but its a question of time and people to climb with (anyone in basingstoke area needing a climbing partner email in profile)…. Tho I am intending to teach mini vader as soon as he turns 4, its either reading or alton that allow kids from 4 and they are close.Posted 5 years agoGribsMember
I used to climb at at a decent level (best lead was E4) but after watching a mate hit the deck head first from 40ft and fearing the worst (he was airlifted to the local hospital but only broke a wrist) I struggled to lead HVS as I was messing about with pro far to much. I dropped down lower but just wasn’t enjoying it so bought a mtb.Posted 5 years agocrankinirishMember
Pretty solid E3 onsight ability up until about a year ago when I decked and broke my back in three places. Thought I would never climb again and sold all my gear. In the last month I’ve got back to leading a few E1s, looking forward to summer! The wife is a wee bit pissed off but she’ll get over it.Posted 5 years agomikewsmithSubscriber
was up to HVS/E1 on grit before the bike came along, lots of factors including moving away from climbing partners and moving to the lakes where it rains and the cragging is a bit more intimidating than the peak meant I tailed off.
Having moved to tassie the nearest crag is 5 mins away (and in town) can’t wait for the gear to arrive. Did a couple of routes on a rope with some locals and was amazed how much my body remembered and how natural the moves were. Fingers were nowhere near strong enough though…Posted 5 years agometalheartSubscriber
Well as I’ve been *training* down the wall during the week, sport climbing yesterday and off to the sea cliffs for some trad in an hour I guess that would make me a climber.
I’m not that good but I’m aiming to improve. I started late, in my late 30’s, and have suffered from injury, obesity and sometimes just plain fear. I’m knocking on the door of HVS and objective this year is on sight HVS, an E1 lead and 6b sport o/s lead. We’ll see.
I’ll take an offer of climbing before mountain biking as weather/partners more crucial in climbing.
It’s no surprise that there is a climbing/mtb crossover as here (NE Scotland) any semi serious climber has a mountain bike. Try walking in to say Squareface or Talisman and you’ll find out why…Posted 5 years agoti_pin_manMember
Been mountain biking 20 odd years now and recently took up bouldering when my daughter wanted a go. Now we go bouldering together at climb Newcastle a lot. It’s just good fun. We have a family holiday booked in July, a week in font. All of her climbing made me have a go and I enjoy it, I’ve recently been managing 5+ routes in craggy2.
Like most people I’d love to do more of both but have to pay the bills and work, so juggle these with work and family life. The holiday in Font is, I hope, a good way of combining two of them.Posted 5 years agohighclimberMember
im a climber first, mtb-er second though a month ago that was different as I was riding more than climbing as the weather wasn’t conducive to climbing.Posted 5 years ago
I live in North Wales so I have best of both worlds really but i would probably choose climbing over riding if someone gave me the choice!grumMember
I used to climb a reasonable amount but only ever got to leading Severes. I prefer long multi pitch stuff or mountaineering. It’s a lifelong ambition to do the full Cuillin ridge traverse but god knows if it will ever happen. Had a few health problems that got in the way and never really got back into it.
I find with climbing you really need to be going regularly for it to be satisfying. Much easier to pick up a bike after a few weeks off.Posted 5 years agogeologistMember
For years I used to climb almost daily when I lived in Hope. For family reasons we moved to Ludlow 2 years ago, Ive only climbed 3 times since! Now however, I mtb 4 times a week.
Overnight climbing went from being very important in my life, to not having a place in it all.
Funny how things work out.Posted 5 years agodonksMember
Yep, love climbing. Mainly do indoor stuff at the newish wall in Milton Keynes but get out when I can….trad only for me though. Pretty steady HVS climber, not really got the balls for E grades or the technique as I don’t get out often enough.Posted 5 years ago
Snapped the pulley tendons on my middle finger about 5 months ago and thought I was out of the game but it’s healed a fair bit and now I m back at the wall and building back up.grumMember
Peterfile, agree, same here. Both sports take a lot of time to get really good at and doing both, plus life of course, is the difficulty.
Like I said though I found climbing much harder to fit in with life – lead climbing especially is such a head game and I found not doing it for a little bit made it all just seem far too scary and hard!Posted 5 years agogeologistMember
The other thing I found, was that you cant just nip out for a quick climb, it tends to be a full day, or as near as damn it.
When my son was born, long days away climbing were out the window, whereas a quick hour and a half door to door on the bike fitted in quite nicely.
Climbing is very commiting in terms of the headgame, but also the time it takes up in your life.Posted 5 years agostuartie_cMember
Took up climbing at uni in the late 80s and did pretty much nothing else every weekend, holiday and many evenings. Injuries have curtailed things now I’m in my forties but I keep intending to get back to it again once I get the bike thing out of my system. Got fed up with climbing walls but training is a necessary evil if you want to improve. It gets much harder to maintain a level of performance as one gets older and chronic shoulder and wrist injuries don’t help.
Was on-sighting E3 on a good day and grade 5 in winter… Ah, those were the days!Posted 5 years ago
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