>My husband and I started rock climbing last fall, and are
>now avid climbers, and continuing to improve technically all
>the time (very satisfying). Here's my question. We're both
>40 years old (darn, all those years we could have been climbing
>but didn't know) and are wondering how aging affects
>climbing abilities. I assume strength and balance diminish
>sometime along the way, and that one might have to be satisfied
>with lower-difficulty climbs. Are there any 50, 60, or 70 year
>old climbers out there? How many years climbing do we have left?
not only active but regularly climbs in the 5.11+ range. He may be
up to 5.12 by now. Just keep light, keep in shape and keep at it!
>Another side question, how many folks out there climb with
spotty at best. At least one divorce I know of resulted. If you
can manage without competing or one of expecting too much from the
other that's OK. Your age may be in your favor as maturity should
mitigate some of the clashes.