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Offline buffalohorn

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« on: May 10, 2006, 05:56:18 pm »
Just pondering with some buddies what it is that makes wall climbers so different from other climbers. We all know that the walls themselves set us apart, but why do we go there to get punished? What makes you go back after you scared the living shit out of yourself on the last wall you were on??? You almost have to think outside the box and ponder this not as a climber but as your average Joe. For me personally I only climb walls with a few select individuals because I've been through the ringer with them and we came out on top-no epics-no meltdowns etc.. What drives you to go back??

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« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2006, 08:39:20 pm »
Perhaps, I am odd (OK I know I am) but I have never had partner issues on a wall. Sometimes I have gone out with someone that did not have enough experience to go fast and we bailed due to time constraints. As for what drive me to keep going back for more? My car drives me, duh;) Anyone have good meltdown stories or times you did a wall with the wrong person.

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« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2006, 10:30:25 am »
Interesting questions. I don't know what drives me to go back, but is seems like the same scenario on each wall... At some point on route when the wind is blowing and I can't hear my partner, the solitude kicks in. I usually swear off wall climbing forever. This will be my last wall, bouldering and sport climbing sound much more fun. But the second I top out and pull the pigs over the top all those thoughts disappear and it's back to tha same thing. Damn, that was the best route ever, what an amazing last few days. What wall is next?

Maybe I'm a slow learner, or maybe I just love getting scared that drives me back. But I think the reason is that after nocking off something big and improbable is very rewarding and I always feel like I can do bigger or harder the next time.

The other thing that happens to me after a big route is depression for a few days. I've talked about it to a few of my friends and they seem to get it as well. kind of a post wall depression phenomina. I think maybe it's just being bored on the ground after being on the wall for a few days or something. Maybe my neurons need a break from being in overdrive. It only lasts a few days and them i'm better. Any of you guys feel this as well?

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« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2006, 04:33:12 pm »
after getting shut down on SF of WC 'in a push' I lost interest in climbing that weekend. I think I've got some stomach virus or something tho. no energy.

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« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2006, 05:27:14 pm »
I definetly feel the post wall depression at times. I think for me its a reality check because now its back to the grind of life...Lots of memories of the swallows and airy bivies to send me back to wall life. Well gettin ready for a big one in August!!!