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mystical_climber


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How do you think that climbing in flip flops affects the grade of the climb? My climbing shoes are really uncomfortable - I prefer flip flops. Also, do you prefer chacos or tevas?


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dude... no


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croc climbing all the way for me


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croc climbing all the way for me. screw grades though


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ALPS. they have the octopus suction cups on the sole. teva makes them now. when will someone resurrect the Royal Robbins blue suedes?


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I could top rope 5.9 in my old tevas

In the eighties at Seneca when the bridge was frequently washed out. The options to cross the creek were wade or the cables. I hiked in wearing my tevas to wade. It improves your foot work or aleast awareness. Never stubbed a toe or miss stepped. That was before the genuine forest service spec. trails.


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flip flops are for sorority girls.


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you mean thongs, right?


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What does wearing a thong have to do with anything?

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How do you think that climbing in flip flops affects the grade of the climb? My climbing shoes are really uncomfortable - I prefer flip flops. Also, do you prefer chacos or tevas?

Lox. Is that you? I miss you man.

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Rainbow sandals all the way, i try to warm up on super easy stuff with em' to try and save rubber on my anasazi lace-ups.
yahtzee


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Thongs is old school for flip flops. I prefer thongs really. And it doesn't affect the grade at all, ball up and do it. There's a climb around here, it's only a 5.6 but I solo up it in flip flops to set up a top rope. It's fun, it puts another mental aspect into climbing. And screw chacos and Tevas, go for the $1.59 Walmart brand.


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I've always been game for hiking in with flip-flops. It reminds you that you dont need a $250+ pair of so called "trail" boots to find your way aound in the back country. yeah, hiking in Tiva's is cool.

But as to climbing in them....why would you do that? in my humble opinion, if you have rubber on your feet it might as well be from last night's action or C4 Stealth and pushing the grade. OR, if you want to enjoy a grade that you know you can nail....do it barefoot. It's fun...It builds up the calluses on those pretty feet and its cheaper than those feet-rolling-acu-pressure thingies. Climbing in tiva's seems to be making a statement like "Ah..I'm a stud and dont need climbing shoes". Well good, but climb barefoot and be a yogi. Even cooler.

Damn...Sorry...I just rambled on.


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Hahahah.

Reminds me of a time a guy decided to follow one of my leads in his Tevas.

He:

1) slipped around like a gym noob

2) is gonna read this and not even know its him...

3) is not gettin' any from me...EVER.


:lol: 8^)


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mystical_climber


Mar 14, 2006, 2:24 AM
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Good idea. I also thought about buying my climbing rope at Walmart for $14.89. You can sure save alot of money there..


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ive lead 5.8 (brass balls @ echo, nh) in my chaco flops.

its very doable.....


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goooood question.

Typically it makes it HARDER.

Other than that WHO CARES. :roll: :roll: :roll:


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How do you think that climbing in flip flops affects the grade of the climb? My climbing shoes are really uncomfortable - I prefer flip flops.

i don't think it matters when all you do is toprope.


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sorry


climbsomething


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This thread just made me a little dumber (except for Kate's post. Kate kicks ass).


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Reminds me of a time a guy decided to follow one of my leads in his Tevas.

He:
1) slipped around like a gym noob
2) is gonna read this and not even know its him...
3) is not gettin' any from me...EVER.

in october i climbed a few weeks in the valley with a bad-ass. he followed 10a/b finger crack in generic sandals and fleece gloves ('to teach me not to need footholds', and 'to force me not to use my hands so my gobies heal'). we simulclimbed the grack, me leading, and at the top i look down and the bastard is slab climbing the whole damn thing in his sandals. and none of this fancy sticky rubber stuff. no wonder the thing is 5.6.

he followed me up lunatic fringe, and i just about laughed my head off with him pulling the fleece gloves off with his teeth mid-crux.


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even though walmart's selection of every item ever produced by man is phenomenal, my vote is for chacos.

so this climbing in flops is common, eh? i saw a fellow do just that up this 5.10+ at Riemers Ranch this winter break. i red pointed the route when he was through, and it was a toughy. i was honestly quite impressive his floppy feat... i think i'll stick with my 5.10s.


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Yes I agree Chaco's are durable and comfy, but I still can't use that to justify $90 for a pair of sandals. I don't even spend that much on any of my shoes. Hence the reason I said the Walmart brand, sure they only last one season, but at a fraction of the cost of a name brand to me it's worth it. And I couldn't find any climbing rope at Walmart, good try though.


mystical_climber


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Yes I agree Chaco's are durable and comfy, but I still can't use that to justify $90 for a pair of sandals. I don't even spend that much on any of my shoes. Hence the reason I said the Walmart brand, sure they only last one season, but at a fraction of the cost of a name brand to me it's worth it. And I couldn't find any climbing rope at Walmart, good try though.

I have some womans size 9 chacos that I will sell you for $10.


camilleguignard


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Have you lost your mind :lol:

i saw local people hiking in the himalaya's snow bare foot (but coz they really had no money)

I would rather go bare foot

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