My climbing partner says the funniest things sometimes.
I love bouldering. I was almost exclusively a boulderer for several years. The problem is…. bouldering really does NOT love me.
Friends don’t let friends boulder in harnesses.
When I first started climbing, a family friend who had been climbing for a while insisted that the real challenge of climbing was mental, not physical. I thought he was completely and utterly full of it.
TURNS OUT HE WAS RIGHT
Tag yourself. I’m “climber who forgot the arete was a thing”.
My poor non-climbing friends have to put up with me doing this ALL THE TIME.
I love watching people do the beta dance.
I’m really good at route reading. Really good.
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).