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....


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. 


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


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



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


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. 


Gym Rat Outside, pt. 2

I'm super-excited to get outside on some real rock tomorrow in Colorado! However, I've heard that smeary, non-existent footholds are the order of the day out there, so I'm expecting this scene to play out a lot:

Gym Rat Outside, pt. 1

I've only climbed on actual rock three times so far, due to Southeast Michigan's crushing lack of vertical terrain. So far, this has been my biggest challenge making the transition from gym to crag. 

Mortal Coil

The first time I tried to coil a rope, I nearly strangled myself. It's gotten better since then... mostly.