A snippet from Ryan Grimm's description of a trip up Nutcracker.
Being that After 6 (5.7) was the first established climb at this crag, itís coincidentally appropriate that it was our first climb on it as well. If it was June maybe we could have started it at 6pm but seeing that it gets dark around 7pm in October, we set out for a 10am start. After a very short walk from the car to the base of the climb we found that there was one party in front of us. The leader was already about a third of the way through the first pitch so we hustled to get ready to go. Turns out our hustling wasnít really needed.
The party in front of us was comprised of a guy and his girlfriend. He managed to complete the first pitch (which is the hardest of them all) without too much trouble and at a fairly good pace, however she was not feeling so comfortable following and it took her quite a while to complete the pitch. We gave them a bit to get started on their next pitch before Ben took off on lead.
Apparently when Ben reached the top of the pitch the couple was still there and having a bit of an argument. He seemed upset at her for not being comfortable and moving slowly. On top of that he was demanding that if they were to continue that she lead at least one of the pitches. Ben suggested to her that she should lead the second pitch because itís just 3rd and 4th class walking. Apparently that wouldnít do, it needed to be ďa real pitchĒ. This just baffles me. If youíre on a climb and your partner is sketched out the last thing you should do is demand that they do some leading, especially when itís your significant other. Thankfully the couple bailed and rappelled down the route before getting themselves into real trouble.
1) If you're a climber, she's already dated your friends. What can I say? It's a small community.
Is this saying that inherently, most climber guys and climber girls in fact, date each other, despite the horror? It also kinda implies that most climber girls who want climber guys, end up with a climber guy...cause if one climber guy doesn't satisfy, there are all your climber friends are lining up to step up to the plate and give it a try, regardless of how many friends are before them in the line up
...which is a really funny image actually!
Personally, all the climbing people I've hung around are all happily paired off, so I don't look to the climbing community for my dating prospects.
Sides...I've suspect My Brand of psycho scairt off even the psycho climbers. I think they can tell from my clothes...Special Brand. That and I climb pretty dangerously! Hee hee
Though it is HILARIOUS to see a boulderer, gym rat, or spurt climber trying to engage in flirtatious behavior. They don't seem to get that for me, how HARD they climb is in no way a turn on, shirt or no shirt!
'I climb 10.hard all the time, I could totally show you how to send that V hard, I'll even spot you. Use my pad! (hahahaha!) I could totally take you up that 10.hard sometime...'
No thanks dude, I didn't get into climbing to be 'taken up a climb'...