So far I’ve had pretty good luck finding climbing partners on the road. I’ve managed to convince Ayo to sporadically climb with me, found a climbing buddy through Couchsurfing, and found another guy at the local climbing spot in Eugene.
I want to be climbing very regularly here, and I posted a Craigslist ad offering anyone interested the opportunity to climb outdoors and on rock. Climbing shoes suggested but not necessary.
The response has been staggering, which led to a realization: People want to climb big rocks, and outdoor climbing isn’t the most accessible sport. A little while ago I was one of those people who would have been begging a climber to take me out. I’m still a novice climber, but now that I have experience and gear climbing is something that I can offer.
Earlier this week I climbed with Josh, who I taught anchor building and self-rescue techniques. Next week I’ll be climbing with a 23-year-old guy named Ian – “If you’re willing to train, I’m eager to climb and will do anything!”
Really, Ian? Anything?
Update: Ian’s schedule has been tough to work around, but I’ve climbed with a beginner named Dylan, and with Dan, a 53-year-old guy who is just getting back into climbing after a hiatus from some seriously intense big wall climbs. Dan’s my guy. He’s teaching me a lot and we’re climbing at around the same level.
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