I’ve been spoiled by having a climbing partner who’s the same weight as me.
I don’t always wear my aggressive shoes, but when I do I make lots of very interesting noises.
Whenever I take new people to the gym they always ask me what that smell is. IT’S THE SMELL OF JOY, PEOPLE. LIVE WITH IT.
When you travel, it’s important to make sure those you are responsible for are taken care of.
(TBH, I’m way more worried about how I’m going to survive without climbing for a couple weeks…)
We’re not opposites. We’re complementary.
It’s not ALL about the send.
As a plastic-pulling gym rat in Southeast Michigan who only relatively recently started leading and only rarely ventures outdoors on to real rock, I’ve often felt like I’m not a “real” climber. But you know what? I totally am, and so are you.
My short friends are so unsympathetic.
There are certain climbers who are my canaries in a coalmine. If I see them fall on a route, I immediately pretend it doesn’t exist.
My project is getting taking down this week. Fortunately, routesetter Bronson was on hand to document one of my attempts last week, the results of which I reproduce here:
It’s always bittersweet when your project gets taken down… but sometimes more sweet than bitter.
I’m off to a citizens comp at my friendly semi-local climbing gym this afternoon! Wish me luck. My goals are to finish in the top-half of the women’s intermediate division and to beat my previous best time on the speed wall (36 seconds).
One of the things I love most about the climbing community is how supportive and encouraging everyone is. On the outside, anyways…
I think I’ve made it to “testing”.
I don’t project routes as often as I should, but when I do, I invariably spend much more time telling people how my project is going than I do actually projecting.
Any of my fellow female climbers have this happen to them regularly?
PS - While my bruises are all (accidentally) self-inflicted, domestic violence is no joke. For help, contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline.
We don’t choose our project. Our project chooses us.
So, the Reel Rock 13 films were screened at my gym last weekend, and I’m anticipating this…
I love my friendly local route setters. Even the tall ones.
I currently have five pairs of climbing shoes (all of them Tenayas) and yet I do 95% of my climbing in what are ostensibly my warm-up pair.