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chopperjohn


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Wish I had an answer I am 6'1 and 1/16th and my partner is 5'6 and 7/8th so I am not your average climber. The advice I can give is quit climbing. I was going to quit till I saw this thread and realized Im not average height and this makes me better now Thanks.


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chopperjohn wrote:
Wish I had an answer I am 6'1 and 1/16th and my partner is 5'6 and 7/8th so I am not your average climber. The advice I can give is quit climbing. I was going to quit till I saw this thread and realized Im not average height and this makes me better now Thanks.

doesn't being so tall affect your ability to do "scrunchy" moves? quit while you are ahead.


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you're never too tall or too short, just not strong enough.


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andersjr wrote:
I am talking to all of you in the 5'7 to 6'1 range. .

Really? How tall are you, how much do you weigh, and how many pullups can you do?

P.S. I love RC.com.


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nthusiastj wrote:
First step:

Stop convincing yourself that height is a limitation.

Ditto: Simply stop using height or reach as an excuse and you will soon learn that lack of either is almost always surmountable!


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Go ahead and whine about your height.

However, Ramon Julian Puigblanque is ~5'2" and I doubt he complains about being too short.


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neuroshock wrote:
Go ahead and whine about your height.

However, Ramon Julian Puigblanque is ~5'2" and I doubt he complains about being too short.

win. and didier berthod is about 5' 8"


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Sounds like you are putting limitations on yourself…. Good luck with that….


^^^ This is true…. I know this rout well, its in my yard. I’m @ 5‘8“, no problems here for me… where there is a will .... did you know, Herr can go from 5’ to 8’…. neet... He also put up many X routs that have not been repeated to date…

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hugh_Herr


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andersjr wrote:
I am talking to all of you in the 5'7 to 6'1 range. We are stuck. We not only get screwed on routes that we have to scruntch up on, but we also encounter problems on routes that are "reachy." When will we win? Average at everything, good at nothing.

Damn.

I am 5'8". When I encounter a hold that is a long reach, I generally use dynamic movement. This means I get in a good position where I can use a short burst of energy and get the momentum of my body/arm/hand to go towards the hold and grab it.

This involves upper body strength as well as a descent grip strength.


WordsVerbatim


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nthusiastj wrote:
First step:

Stop convincing yourself that height is a limitation.

Agreed.

I've always heard that 5'7" - 6'1" is a good height for a climber. But in the end it doesn't matter. Stop worrying about it and just have fun!

I'm 5'2". I have to find alternate beta for pretty much everything in the gym or outside, but that's what makes it fun! Take advantage of your height. Who cares if you can't scrunch up? You can make reachy moves that most short people would find near impossible without crazy alternate beta.

Being taller has its advantages just as being short does. I don't think there's a "standard" height. Some of the best female climbers are extremely short, and the best male climbers are around your height. The best female cimber I know is 4'9", and she's climbing harder than a lot of the taller climbers in my area.

Moral of this ridiculously long post:

Height doesn't matter. Have fun! Pirate


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Quick reply. Dynamic movements and a whole lot of Botox. I find the Botox helps but, you have to apply it correctly to uhhhmmmm Not the frank but the beans.

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