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RayJackson30


Nov 17, 2006, 6:12 PM
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When bouldering at the gym, what exactly does "tracking" mean? And also, is a jib just any piece that can't be used by a hand?


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Tracking means putting your feet where your hands were. Jibs are the little holds that screw into the wall (as opposed to being bolted into the wall).

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Tracking also limits the climber to using only the marked holds on a said route. You aren't allowed to put your feet onto "natural" holds on the gym wall or smear where it isn't marked. Basically you can only use the taped holds and nothing else. These routes are, in my opinion, pointless and make the transition from real rock to the gym less realistic.


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I thought smearing was in for tracking routes, but no features are allowed. I could be wrong...


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It would depend on the gym. Here, if it's painted the same as the wall, it's in for feet, but hands have to be taped.


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Why don't you ask someone at your gym? As you can see already, the definitions vary.

At our gym tracking means using only taped holds for that route. Touching the wall in untaped places-- e.g. when flagging -- is allowed, but smearing is not.

Jib = holds attached to the wall with small screws, not with bolts. Usually no more then 2 screws-- e.i. long thin crimpy holds attached by screws are not considered jibs is our gym... What is "too small to use for hands" can be up for debate :) My 3yo uses those jibs as is they were jugs.


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I think it is very useful for the gym or if you climb places that have smooth faces. For the most part it is one of many options I put on my gym routes. It can also play an important part in eliminates. Which are alternate ways to start, finish, or use the holds on an established route or problem. It allows me to set routes that are possible to a wider range of people. One climb could be: feet are only allowed to use features of the wall-5.12, feet must track hands-5.10, feet are open to use anything-5.8. Granted that is an exaggeration of range but it allows for more creativity than gym routes usually possess.


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i thought tracking was when you were dehydrated and so scared that you pissed your pants up the climb leaving a yellow track.

thank god you gym climbers are here to teach...


nevenneve


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hawkeye69 wrote:
thank god you gym climbers are here to teach...
No, I can't take credit, snipe mouthed pos like yourself play a much bigger part in the rarified air of generousity and exemplary behavior the beginners forum needs. Thank you.


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