Sleighty wrote:I just think that the greatest thing about the climbing community is not only the coming together of these different classes, but the fact that they can put their classes aside and help each other out.
Example...I don't have money for gear. As such, I have classic gear, or none (although having old school gear gets lots of compliments). When doing more technical stuff, buddies are always there to help out with the gear, and they know that when I'm in a position to return the favor...I won't even skip a beat.
We're all friends here man, regardless of class. We're all the climbing class
(Just to clear things up...I may be middle class, but I'm a student...which means I'm not even classified)
Sometimes when people see my harness, one of the first things they say is, "Is that a PYRAMID? I heard those things suck!"
Maybe I've just been climbing with some of the wrong people. On the other hand, though, some of the people I have climbed with have been generous, down-to-earth people I'd love to climb with again, but they're usually very busy.