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  1. Core training

    Well I'm definitely not up to speed on all the new factions of intrinsic muscle group training cults, but I did watch my girlfriend do Pilates the other day. Basically I suck ass and couldnt pull my big 6'6" 200lb self up a 5.7 hand crack. THis pissed the hell out of me and I realized I'm plenty strong enough but I lack agility and grace. So I thought I would work on balance and becoming premeditated in my movements. Some article or another had a great breakdown of different types of workouts, and I learned about "core" training. Being able to transfer energy from top to bottom and vice-a-versa smoothly and efficiently would probably be helpful for gaining "the flow", so I figured I'd throw it out there.
  2. Core training

    Hey y'all. Any recommendations on core training that doesnt require machines or weights? I have a fingerboard to use but thats it and I dont feel like buying a big ass ball or getting a gym membership.
  3. Herniated L5/S1 Disc and the aftermath

    Glad your surgery was quick, painless and complication free. My doctor told me when I had hurt my back that I was lucky to be on the west coast. I was perplexed. He said that on the east coast they take a whole different approach. He told me that instead of orthoscopic surguries and such, they do crazy invasive procedures. If I hadnt been young and active they would've likely removed the disc and bolted two vertabra together to eliminate the pain! So, be extremely happy you're not in that boat!! haha, glad to here your doing good!
  4. Yet another Lib Ridge accident

    I hope this is not off topic, but the southland had a pretty bad start to the year too. In January alone I believe 7 or 8 bodies were recovered off of the 3 southern California peaks of San Gorgonio, San Jacinto and Mt Baldy. That is phenominally high considering San G is the highest at only 11,500 and a class 2 on most routes. 3 weeks ago when I climbed Mt Sill a guy fell to his death on a class 4 the night I was up there. All these deaths(except possibly the one on Sill) had to do in some part to the poor conditions at the time of the climb. Right. All people have the personal responsibility to make decisions, but we dont have to talk shit on those who make bad decisions and die or will very likely die...its obvious that they made a bad decision(in combo w/ bad luck). It's unneccesary to restate it. As far as the public perception and public cost of climbing is concerned. I believe in the last "Accidents In N. American Mountaineering" they have some statistics on who the most rescued groups are and climbers are behind hunters and hikers on it. So climbers are more capable of self-rescue and/or do not require rescue as often as some other groups of outdoor users. However, climber rescues are more dramatic than the others often due to the extreme conditions and mystic of high altitude mountaineering. That could be a problem I would imagine since it will attract more attention regardless of the statistics. Good climbing & better days for those in trouble and the families of those who've died
  5. WTF: boyfriend; seriously. *DELETED*

    I've got a college buddy living in Moscow and he goes on and on about how rediculously good looking and easy the girls are. He takes them to McD's(the nicest place in town of course) and they're like putty apparently. I'm thinking it may be in my best interest to go have a visit later this summer...though postage would probably be cheaper!
  6. boyfs and gfs who don't climb

    Check it out, you dont NEED your SO to be into your shizzle, you WANT them to be so you have a convienient partner to go with all the time. Thats lethargy, not love. Cut them loose to do their own stuff. I cant agree more that its important for SO's to have stuff going on in THEIR lives that is important enough so your lives TOGETHER dont become the only thing. That sucks, trust me. Break up with someone who has nothing but you and you'll know what I mean. Here's something that made me trip out. A few weeks ago I called this girl I'm seeing to see if she was free to come over and get some food. She doesnt call back. No biggie I think, but I'm kinda pissed cause I wanted to see her. She e-mails me the next morning to tell me sorry she couldnt call back because she was in Berlin and was going to Prague in a few hours but that she would call me when she was back in town on Saturday. Thats the goods right there. A girl who just decides to go to Europe for a week by herself without saying shit to anyone. That kind of stuff gives me the freedom to basically do what I want and be unfettered by claustrophobia inducing velcro-attachment disorders. Maybe its not cool for everyone, but I dig it and I would recommend that everyone find someone who is genuinely independent and can roll their own shizzle. On the flip side though, I dont have to worry about her oggling other dudes HC's because when we're together its intense and she's into our experience. So if your problem is that your SO is untrustworthy and isnt dedicated to your deal together, then climbing more together certainly isnt going to make it all better. .02 (Actually I imagine one of those old spitoons that they had back in the day where fools would sit around and spit their chaw into. Makes that little [ding] when it hits..funny shit....[ding]... .02
  7. Digital Camera recommendations?

    Wow, this is a long thread. Quick comment. I have a Cannon Elph Digital it has the optical and digital zoom but I'm not sure how many mega pixels. Its real small and the quality is adjustable so its super fine if you want, or you can take a bunch of pictures which are kinda blocky. Overall I like it. It does have difficulty in the cold though. The automatic lens closer thing has a tough time opening if its cold so I have to stick it in my armpit for a few seconds where it gets all wet but will open fine then. .02
  8. taco bell

    Yup, I've been afforded the opportunity to live 20min from the border for a few years now and also to have travelled far and wide. Mexican food only exists in the southwest.
  9. More gear theft

    I've been thinking about theft recently after someone disclosed a method of steal shit from REI to me. Basically, it comes down to one thing. Thieves are fucking pathetic. Now I'm not talking about bs hollywood Thomas Crown shit, but real deal mofo's who take shit cause they dont have the skills to acquire it honestly. The guys who steal shit from REI tell me it's cause they say damn the man...fucking pathetic. These guys are almost 30 years old and they're living a life of half cooked thoughts and harmful delusions of self-righteousness. I'll leave it at that. Thieves are lower than dog shit. I hope you and your girl get your stuff back.
  10. Recommendations on a good ~4,000ci pack?

    Just following up on this post. I got the Serratus Icefall and got a chance to take it out over night yesterday. Unfortunately it wont get to see any snow until next weekend, but it carried quite well with a light load and I'm pleased with its slim profile. Serious, its about as complex as a sausage and there is a lot to be said for that. Stuff goes in the hole, stuff comes out the hole. No problems with the padding, no funky buckles or snaps or anything, no snags in the pack clothe from the dense manzanita(which loved my legs and arms by the way). I'm looking forward to putting it through some more use, and if I remember I'll try and write something here. .02
  11. nah, never heard of that book, but I'll check it out now that you mention it. I was just doing some research and thought they sounded like a good tool, plus, they arent going to cost me $250 a pop..... very nice indeed
  12. I know they're out there, and I know you wanna sell em, so why not sell em to me...the fletchling climber desperately looking to get further out. Anyway, shoot me an e-mail if you see em or got em. PenningtonProperties@fastmail.fm Grazie
  13. Rap'ing off a sling?

    Science is cool. I'm too lazy to go through the rigors of learning very much, but its cool some of you are proficient and apply it to climbing! kudos
  14. Tioga Road

    I drove thru on Sunday as well on the way back from San Fran. They had those avalanche warning signs up still, but I agree, the snow was fairly sparse. Damn its beautiful up there, we're really lucky to have such beautiful country at our fingers. Drove south through Owens Valley. Same thing, just stunning country. I'm pumped for the Palisades on Memorial Day weekend.
  15. Rap'ing off a sling?

    I'm sure this has been posted somewhere before, but is it OK to rap off a sling without putting a biner on there? Also, can someone very simply tell me what the difference is between how double ropes differ from a 10.5 or something?