One of the most commonly asked questions I get is, “How do I find more climbing partners?”
My answer, “You don’t have to be a super sender to find climbing partners, you just have to be solid.”
In order to be solid, I have some advice for you:
Be honest, be reliable, be skilled, and, most importantly, be fun.
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We all want to put our best effort forward, but rarely do we climb at our top level.
For example, even though I’ve climbed a 5.13a (once… over 5 years ago!), I don’t tell a prospective climbing partner “I’m a 5.13 climber!” Instead, I say, “I’m comfortable leading 5.12 sport, but I really love to climb 5.11.”
No one likes it when their climbing partner cancels. Consider that they probably rearranged their life to go climbing with you and are counting on you to do what you said you would do. Be on time, ready to go. Don’t bail.
Know how to take care of yourself. Know your technical skills forwards and backwards. If you lead, great. If not, be a solid second: learn to remove gear efficiently, climb quickly, belay attentively, give soft catches, clean anchors, pull the rope and stack it. The day will pass smoothly and safely if you are skilled. As a result, you’ll get more climbing in.
Need skills? Chicks teaches technical skills at all of our clinics. We’ll get you up to speed and confident in no time.
When it comes right down to it, climbing is fun and the most solid climbing partners are the most fun.
Solid Climbing partners say interesting things and they make me laugh. It doesn’t matter how hard they climb. What matters is that they’re positive, funny, and willing to share interesting stories.
Solid partners don’t complain or make excuses. They leave the drama at home and don’t melt down, scream, or throw wobblers.
Lastly, you will find more climbing partners if you make decisions!
Solid partners decide and they don’t say sorry endlessly. Unless, of course an apology is in order, then they own it and get on with it.
Learn more about being solid at How to be The World’s Greatest Climbing Partner.
And for an amusing take on climbing partners in general read Your First 7 Climbing Partners.