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soulclimberchick


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15, I'm Now almost 20... :lol:


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My various family members started me technical climbing (after hiking and scrambling) Let's see. The Vertical Club started about '86/'87 I think, so I must have been about 5 then when my aunt taught me to belay. My grandpa taught me ice axe basics about age 7. I learned to lead sport climbs about 12.

Now 22 and trying to remember how to do everything, plus learn trad and go climb some more mountains. My grandpa stopped climbing, my aunt moved away,and I had a lengthy love affair with speed that only my mountain bike could fulfill.

Self-sufficiency is awesome: Buying a rope, six quickdraws, and a car changed my life :D


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Started at 19, but then took a long time off. Now, I've been back at it hard and fast for about a year now (I'm 34).


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I started when I was about 9. I got serious about when I was twelve, and began using the money i made off allowance and pet sitting (oh, the memories) to buy a rope, a harness, an atc and carabiner, climbing shoes, and some webbing and carabiners.


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the umbilical chord was my first rope woo hoo!!


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I started about four months ago and I'm hooked. The biggest thing that has shocked me about climbing is how you all are to except in new people. I can go the gym any day of the week and partner up with someone. I'm not sure if you all just have cabin fever and are willing to climb with anyone during these winter months, or its genuine. I hope you all are like this on the crags.
I know someone is going to take a shot at the "you all" comment.


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I was about 15 or so when I first got into a gym... I was 17 before i really got interested and got into a routine.


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16. Now 68. 8^)


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16. Now 68. 8^)

Jeeze John, that makes Rich Goldstone with his mere 47 years of climbing experience look like a n00b. :lol:

Curt


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Well, i started when i was 7 at my dad's buisiness' party on a portable wall that i climbed all day until i got it. Then at 9 i climbed another portable wall at another 1 of my dad's business' partys. Then i moved to saratoga, CA at 10 and went to REI every week on thursday while i was 10 for the year pretty much unless they closed it, other plans, etc. and we only got to do 2 climbs. Then i started to go to Planet Granite on and off, then they closed the wall at REI for a year so i dint go climbing that year at all, and now im in 7th grade at 12 years old and i am doing it for serious for 2 months now every week at Touchstone San Jose (Bouldering only).

And there is my climbing career so far.

P.S. i gave you all of this cuz i started climbing again and again every time but now im hooked for good.


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4 yrs old. seriously at 12-13


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I grew up in the mountains so climbing trees and whatnot at a young age... First real awarness of climbing at 16 w/ girl scouts... First time outdoors in college about 18-19... serious starting at 23 and in the best shape I have been because of it


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I'm 11 and I started climbing about one month ago.
I went climbing 2 times and I go every 3 weeks.


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10-11 years old when I started I am now fifteen.
This is a pic of my first rappel.
http://www.rockclimbing.com/...n=Show&PhotoID=49912


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22 years old while studying.


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I grew up in south Mississippi. For those of you that don't know the geography, THERE'S NO ROCK! However, I was born to climb. I split my chin at 3 or 4 yo climbing the shelves in my closet. I was forever on top of buildings and swingsets, or swinging in the trees. National Geographic and TV got me interested in rock, and in high school, trips around the country got me hooked. I'm now 30, live in Tennessee, and have passed the climbing gene on to my 3 kids.


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in the womb


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always loved climbing, never really had the opportunity to do it often until about a year ago at age 17. I had climbed indoors a couple times and outdoors a few times, but I had never climbed anything challenging outside until last fall. What's even better is after I graduate Highschool this year I'm going to a college in West Virginia near NRG woohoo!!


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25! :D


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pffft. i started in my dad's nutsack.


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woo hoo for girls starting after 30. I started when I was 31.

I'm the big four oh now and I've gotten stronger and climbed harder every year since I started!

We really need a climber chick rendevous.....

I started when I was 31 too! And I'm sooooo in for a climber chick rendevous...panties, pillows and what not. :wink:


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I started soon after I turned 25... ummm, and I'm gonna be 26 in a couple weeks.. damn...


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I mantled straight out of the womb!

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