Off_White Posted June 15, 2002 Share Posted June 15, 2002 I think you both have pieces of it, but since humans are involved its a considerably more complicated situation. You could state that folks with a wilderness background tend to be trad climbers or that people who are introduced to the sport by gym rat friends tend to become sport climbers, but if you look around there are lots of exceptions. For example: Todd Skinner, Wyoming boy with a backcountry upbringing, introduced to the sport by his Trad climbing dad, he's definitely a sport climber, but he's pushing that into an alpine arena. Randy Leavit, he puts up sport climbs, but he also does damned hard routes on natural gear. Doesn't do any alpine climbing at all. What is he, aside from a better climber than most of us? Jeff Lowe, a man with serious alpine and trad credentials, but what is this new fangled mixed stuff if its not cold bolt protected tool using sport climbing? I'm sure you'll find similar connundrums among the less superstar population of this board. I learned trad back when there was no other way, but we were also rap bolting on small local crag in 1978. My buddy Galen and I have done a lot of alpine climbing together, but on a trip last fall to Spring Mountain in Eastern Oregon, I think the only gear we placed in 4 days of climbing was for anchors at the base. Which brings to mind a whole other question: if you place anchors at the base of a sport climb, are you really a sport climber? Anyway, for all that, I'd lump myself into the trad category, but that would probably make me the same as a Catholic who uses birth control and thinks the Pope is a little out of touch. Good question though, thanks. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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