Adrenaline JunkiesSubmitted by mountaincat on Sun, 01/19/2014 - 01:05
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I was born to be a climber (1962). I climbed trees before I could walk. I was paddled 3 times in grade school, twice for climbing the corner of the building (40 feet). I climbed everything everywhere I went. Seneca Rocks is only 33 miles from my home and once I got a car, I started spending my summers there. Through these circles I met vertical cavers. At that time we were caving on hemp rope. These ropes spin a lot on free drops. I climbed 2 years before owning a climbing rope. Trading a caving rope I had just bought for a climbing rope and rack of gear(chocks placed in cracks for protection).
At 17, I was skipping school and rock climbing all day or caving all night as the big drops in my area were sneak trips. It adds to the adventure knowing that if the land owner finds your rope he may cut it and you would find a pile of rope at the bottom of the drop.
My original dream was to one day climb a 5,10 which I thought was the limit. 5,15 is the limit today. I also thought that 25 would be the peak age (all down hill from there ya know lol). At 32 years old a young local climber I had given pointers to, exploded on the scene and started guiding. We started climbing on his days off and he was now teaching me the newest techniques. Soon I was climbing in the 5,11 range. I eventually learned to "Bolt on Lead" putting up a few routes at Seneca using sky hooks. I consider to be some of the hardest, scariest climbing you can do.
Here is Chris Sharma Bolting on Lead.
Chris Sharma and Adam Ondra on La Dura Dura
Not just for boys.
I may add more to this story later.