Don't Sweat It

My hands start sweating like Niagara Falls if I even THINK about climbing. Meanwhile…

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Old Friends

Climb at a gym long enough, and you’ll start to have very personal relationships with individual holds.

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Hangboring

Hangboarding! Something we should all definitely do but are also definitely not going to do!

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Regional Dialects

When I visited family in Singapore a year or so ago and decided to tour the local gyms, I discovered that the language of "generic bouldering encouragement" is not, in fact, universal. 

I felt so provincial with my pedestrian "COME ON!" shouts....

Noobris

I always try to be welcoming and non-judgemental when I see new climbers in rental gear, because I remember how nervous I was when I started climbing and how encouraging the gym regulars were to me. HAVING SAID THAT... there are exceptions. 

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Seriously, dude-bros... don't try to out-climb the girls.

Focused

One of the things I love about climbing is how my mind quiets down as soon as my hands touch the wall.

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Jammed

I've gotten better at dressing my knots over the years, but this still occasionally happens:

Slang

Climbing is a very slang-intensive culture. Some terms are technical in nature and should be learned and used by newcomers to the sport. Others... others are best picked up organically. 

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