8. Excited to get to climb with Andy again (it’s been too long!), and I love his positive attitude and weak leg. Meant he was my belay slave for two hours… PLUS two corps members who climb joined up, thankfully proving their legitimacy as climbers.
I kind of have a thing about ‘fake climbers’ vs. ‘real climbers’- ‘fake climbers’ being those people who find out you climb (often by seeing my bouldering pad and gear in the back of the car) and are all like “Oh wow! You climb? So do I! I love climbing! Let’s go together some time!”. And being someone who loves finding new climbing partners, my response is always the same: “Absolutely! Let’s do it! I’ll shoot you an e-mail the next time I plan on going and you should come!” I get really excited, and can’t wait to hit the wall with some new buddies (as much as I love all my climbing buddies, it’s always fun to mix it up… plus, I love introducing new buddies to ‘old’ buddies, and having them enjoy it as much as I do 🙂
FAKE CLIMBERS will inevitably have an excuse every time you send an invite their way, and will never actually show up to climb. So I’m pretty sure these folks may never have been, or for whatever reason think it sounds cool to be ‘a climber’. Am I being too harsh?
REAL CLIMBERS will j-up the first time around, and many times after, because of course, we love to climb. I’ll allow a little slack here, as I know that people are busy and aren’t always really able to go the first time. But if it happens more than a couple of times you get moved to the fake climber list.
Thankfully Aaron proved my doubts wrong, and moved his way over to the real climber list after a short stay with the fakes, and Ben proved himself the first time he was invited. In fact, I’m pretty sure he’s even the one who initiated. Well done. Can’t wait to venture outside!