NH 48 4k: 48/48; NH W48k: 44/48; NY 46: 3/46
I figured out this past summer that technical climbing isn't fun for me anymore. Not right now, anyway. It's not something I can do casually and still feel safe, and I don't have the time/desire to really commit. And I'm ok with that.
I will say, however, that nothing has made me a better, safer SCRAMBLER than technical climbing. Before I started climbing, I had no idea how to judge how difficult and dangerous anything beyond hiking was. Now I understand quite clearly the difference between class 2 (fun!), 3 (fun or scary, depending on how heavy my pack is), 4 (terrifying), and 5 (I'm taking a rope), and what I'm comfortable and safe doing. There is a lot of value in that. For me, gaining competence in the technical stuff is what made me competent with the non-technical stuff. It's probably analagous to the way hiking and backpacking in the winter makes you a better 3-season hiker. After you've been out in some dicey winter situations, nothing in the summer is scary. Ok, except lightning. That's still scary.
Sure. Why not.
Last edited by jfb; 02-04-2017 at 04:08 PM.
*trad = "traditional" climbing...no protection at the beginning, you place all your own as you go
*sport = sport climbing...protection permanently attached to the rock (by drilling/epoxying, etc.) that the climber clips into (certainly the antithesis of "leave no trace". )
Crags are usually one or the other.