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Batting a 100
« on: June 18, 2009, 12:20:03 am »
it dawns on me I  realized that my record for completion vs. attempts of El Cap routes is at 100%!

If I stop now I'll have an unblemished record.


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Re: Batting a 100
« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2009, 08:28:37 am »
Yeah......Well, good luck with that. The Big Stone is in your mind, now & always.
Just gotta sift the variables in your favor. I've still bailed more than summited, to my personal shame.
"Fault" doesn't enter into it. No scorecards here. Just savor the ones you make, & chalk up the others to experience.
Even Ted Williams didn't bat 100(or .1000, in baseball terms), & he was GOOD.


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Re: Batting a 100
« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2009, 08:35:47 am »
Stop now while you are ahead!

Wall climbing for me igenerally seems that I get up every 2nd or third go around.

I introduced one of my climbing partners to walls and we drove down to zion climbed a wall the next couple of days and drove back and he thought, wow, whats the big deal. Next trip we only got a couple of pitches up and had to bail due to heat exhaustion (late September) and then a month later due to rain... Now he understands that getting up the wall is only a bonus, its the journey that what makes wall climbing so intoxicating.


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Re: Batting a 100
« Reply #3 on: June 18, 2009, 09:40:29 am »
"The Big Stone is in your mind..." Danger...resource hemorrhage!

'Member that first 5.10 ya flashed? You were prolly 100% then, and where did that get you? You just had to go and mess up your stats now dintchya?
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Re: Batting a 100
« Reply #4 on: June 18, 2009, 10:59:38 am »
Munge, didn't you play little league as a kid?

It's batting 1000, not 100. That would imply 1 in 10 success. You'd warm the bench with that average.

But no resting on your laurels. Sticking with the baseball analogy, you can't win the batting title unless you've had a minimum number of plate appearances, including walks. In MLB it means showing up to bat at least 500(?) times in a season. For walls it's less but surely more than once. Oh, and if you show up at the base of a wall and then "walk" that's a bail. Count it against your average!

I try not to count the times I've bailed from the parking lot lest my average be in the single digits.
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Re: Batting a 100
« Reply #5 on: June 22, 2009, 11:50:44 pm »
no little league fer me. but I started climbing when I was 12, so that's kinda like little league when it's Joshua Tree and the cracks are fist sized with 12 yo hands.  heh

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Re: Batting a 100
« Reply #6 on: June 22, 2009, 11:53:35 pm »
So, you'll be hiking up, yet again........Oh, yes. You will.

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Re: Batting a 100
« Reply #7 on: June 23, 2009, 06:28:43 pm »
[in a hynoptic trance] yes I will [/in a hypnotic trance]

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Re: Batting a 100
« Reply #8 on: June 23, 2009, 09:29:44 pm »
 Batting a 100 or 1000, your point is 100% success to date. That's pretty impressive for anyone (unless of course you've only done one wall)
Even then, I wonder what the percentage is of people who are successful on their first wall, (excluding those who are in-tow by a seasoned big-waller) ?

I'm just curious munge.. since you've been climbing from when you were 12, I imagine you must have a ton of vertical miles under your belt, how is your batting average
overall ?

Myself.. I couldn't even start to count how many times I've bailed overall, in fact I just bailed 2-weeks ago in a whiteout.

 

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Re: Batting a 100
« Reply #9 on: June 23, 2009, 10:43:37 pm »
My first El Cap summit was with another novice........pretty Sweet!
Zode in '93......Started serious climbing in '91.
I'm batting 350, or so. Almost as good as Ted Williams.

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Re: Batting a 100
« Reply #10 on: June 23, 2009, 11:31:24 pm »
Kevinw,

it's a pretty bad record, i think

lemme see, just walls, then 2 for 6

Prow (1st Wall with ~novice) and Lurking Fear = success
1/2 Dome, Prow Solo, So Face Wa Col, Freak Show = um, learning experiences, yeah, that's it.

lots of craggin miles I suppose, CA, NV, AZ, WA, WY, MN, VA, SD,

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Re: Batting a 100
« Reply #11 on: June 24, 2009, 03:09:56 am »
Both of you guys , success on your first wall with novices.. that's awesome, great way to start things off.
I'd be curious to know what the statistics are on first wall success/failure ratios.

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Re: Batting a 100
« Reply #12 on: June 24, 2009, 11:23:48 am »
correction, first successful wall was with relative novice.

we had tried for 1/2 dome as team of three before. 

sorry for the cornfusion

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Re: Batting a 100
« Reply #13 on: June 24, 2009, 11:44:10 am »
0/2 on EC due to partner bailage both times (both woke up the morning after fixing, and just "weren't feeling it").

2/5 on the Column due to a partner wearing cotton in blustery spring (and PTSD from climbing with the Canadian Assassin years prior), one due to getting the flu while solo, and one due to clusterfuck ascent style leading to a big fall hosing up my hand.  Sends on the Prow and Mideast Crisis

2/4 on the Tower due to a solo snail eye bail, and a bail due to 4th of July heat (downing nearly 3 gals per day to stay conscious sapped our water supply).  Two sends on WFLT.

So 4/11 total, or batting 363.

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Re: Batting a 100
« Reply #14 on: June 24, 2009, 12:40:15 pm »
If you were a Major Leaguer(to keep with the baseball analogy), you'd have a pretty damn good average.
Yeah, I've had that "not feeling it" partner......Ya just gotta distract 'em, get 'em high, or somethin', get 'em to belay YOU for awhile.....
Just PUSH THROUGH. It gets better......Really!
I've made it up El Cap 7 times now.....Column 3 times, Leaning Tower twice.
What I REALLY want now is a proud Half Stone line.......Woot!
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Re: Batting a 100
« Reply #15 on: June 24, 2009, 05:31:00 pm »
There's another element to all of this. Are you playing in the big leagues or the minor leagues? My overall average is .679 and my El Cap average is even better. But I stick to easier routes, reliable partners, and I usually wait for the weather. This is sort of like only batting when the rookie pitcher of a grade B team is on the mound. So of course I have a good record. But if I tried batting in the A4+ league my average would no doubt be less impressive.

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Re: Batting a 100
« Reply #16 on: June 24, 2009, 05:54:05 pm »
are we not climbers?!  why do we speak of the blaspheme thing called "baseball"

a thousand A5 beaks in my eye for speaking of such things.

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Re: Batting a 100
« Reply #17 on: June 24, 2009, 11:25:34 pm »
Shit, I'm 2 for 10 on walls 0 for 1 in El Cap.

I've bailed off of 2 different climbs 3 times each!

I need to man up!!!
I do this for fun...