Rock Climbs Make Terrible Gym Climbs

By: Nathan Drolet

Classic climbs and how people would respond to them if they were set in a gym

 

 The Spectre, Bishop

Carlo Traversi, Photo: Mary Mecklenburg

Carlo Traversi, Photo: Mary Mecklenburg

“They don't even know how to set hard problems here, they just make the moves bigger and use less feet”


The Scoop, Rocktown

“These volume problems take up too much wall space”


Iron Man Traverse, Bishop

Nathan Drolet

Nathan Drolet

"Oh wow, a downclimbing crimp traverse that ends with a crux dyno. No Thanks"


The Shield, Little Rock City

Ryan Copeland - Photo: Nathan Drolet

Ryan Copeland - Photo: Nathan Drolet

"One move wonders are dumb”


God Module, HP 40

Brad Weaver- Photo Kevin Todd

Brad Weaver- Photo Kevin Todd

 “This is just lazy setting, there are no foot holds”


 

Slashface, Hueco Tanks

Brad Weaver Photo: Brion Voges

Brad Weaver Photo: Brion Voges

“That move isn't even hard, it's just weird”


King Cobra, Yosemite

 Nathan Drolet, Photo: James Lucas

 Nathan Drolet, Photo: James Lucas

"That's stupid"


Grand Dragon, Horseshoe Canyon Ranch

“It’s the same move over and over”


Rude Boys, Smith Rock

Nathan Drolet

Nathan Drolet

“You would never do that outside”


Both Sides of the Spectrum, Rocky Mountain National Park

"I don't know why setters put up reachy problems, it's exclusive"


River Dance, Dayton Pocket

Nathan Drolet

Nathan Drolet

“This is too bunchy, and I don’t heel hook indoors”


Wood Grain Grippin, Arkansas

Jimmy Webb, Photo: Nathan Drolet

Jimmy Webb, Photo: Nathan Drolet

“The holds are facing the wrong way”


Atomic Stetson, Wild Iris

Kris Hampton, Photo: Becca Skinner

Kris Hampton, Photo: Becca Skinner

“Pockets are just a good way to get hurt”


Western gold, Laurel Snow

Nathan Drolet

Nathan Drolet

“It’s just a bunch of big holds with awkward feet for the crux”


Black Gold, Red River Gorge                                                           

Kris Hampton, Photo: Edwin Teran

Kris Hampton, Photo: Edwin Teran

"It's just a crimp ladder"


Mooiste Meisie, Rocklands

Dru Mack Photo: Tom Thudium

Dru Mack Photo: Tom Thudium

“These comp style problems are so awkward”


 

If we look for something to complain about, we’ll find it. We've all been guilty of this at some point while climbing in the gym. We try something, it feels awkward or harder than we think it should, and so we write it off as a bad problem and move on.

Rock climbing is incredibly diverse and requires a massive arsenal of skills. If we allow ourselves to only climb the things that fit into our personal idea of what climbing ought to be or what is comfortable, we'll find ourselves pigeon holed into a single style and frustrated every time we encounter something outside of it. If you have goals that require a specific focus, then dedicate more time towards that style, but don't let it become an excuse to avoid the things that challenge you.

For 2018, lets make less excuses and put more time into the things that challenge us. Climb everything and climb it well.  

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