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Postby Andinistaloco » Wed Mar 31, 2010 4:04 am

So I don't have hardly any new climbing partners, and the ones I do are folks I've met far from home, in places like Glacier NP and the Tetons.

Reason for this is that I've lived where I'm at long enough that I know a hell of a lot of people who hike and climb. I know you can never have too many friends, and especially never too many who hike and climb. But in the years I've been here I've guided and been in hiking clubs and groups, and sometimes I really feel like I do have too many hiker and climber friends. I never get to hang out with them enough - some of these friends live right nearby and yet I haven't hiked with them in months. And when I'm neglecting my friends in such rotten fashion, it's tough for me to justify meeting new climbing partners in the area. When I actually do find myself with time to hike and no partner - and it's damned rare - I'm far more likely to call someone I haven't seen in months than find a new partner.

Anyone else have this kind of issue?
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Postby adventurer » Wed Mar 31, 2010 11:56 am

Too many old and reliable climbing partners!! I'd love to have your problem, Walt. :)
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Postby andreeacorodeanu » Wed Mar 31, 2010 1:30 pm

Lol I wish to have your problems... Most of the people that I met in the last time in my country was the worse ever you can meet... I lost many conections with the old friends and I remain to climb honestly most of the times solo. I prefer solo (even is not so nice and I dont like too much cause I cant do what I want) than to be with bad and selfish people around me :) . Finding a perfect climbing partner is my worse nightmare :x .
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Re: New Climbing Partners

Postby Jimmie » Wed Mar 31, 2010 3:07 pm

Andinistaloco wrote:So I don't have hardly any new climbing partners, and the ones I do are folks I've met far from home, in places like Glacier NP and the Tetons.

Reason for this is that I've lived where I'm at long enough that I know a hell of a lot of people who hike and climb. I know you can never have too many friends, and especially never too many who hike and climb. But in the years I've been here I've guided and been in hiking clubs and groups, and sometimes I really feel like I do have too many hiker and climber friends. I never get to hang out with them enough - some of these friends live right nearby and yet I haven't hiked with them in months. And when I'm neglecting my friends in such rotten fashion, it's tough for me to justify meeting new climbing partners in the area. When I actually do find myself with time to hike and no partner - and it's damned rare - I'm far more likely to call someone I haven't seen in months than find a new partner.

Anyone else have this kind of issue?


You might want to spend more time climbing and less time pondering about something that isn't a problem.
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Postby CClaude » Wed Mar 31, 2010 3:26 pm

I agree that finding a great climbing partner is difficult. One that when everything is just blowing up in your face, you just sit there and laugh, one that you can be honest without fear of being made fun of. On the DingusMT thread of "Praise to Partners" I describe a few of mine.
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Postby Hotoven » Wed Mar 31, 2010 3:38 pm

Andinistaloco, I had your problem before, not with climbing, but when I was involved with the music scene in my home town. I had so many friends, and felt bad I didn't have time to hang out or spend time with them all. I finally learned that some people you just have to "let go". Your not expected to spread yourself thin just to make everyone happy. If they really want to continue to be your friend, they will invite you on trips and hikes. You shouldn't be the instigator for a good friendship. So when you stop inviting them, you drift apart, and thats kind of sad, but at least you still maintain that friendliness when you do bump into each other. its not your job to make everyone you meat or know happy about you. I know it sounds selfish, but its life.

Just my 2 cents.
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Re: New Climbing Partners

Postby Andinistaloco » Wed Mar 31, 2010 4:40 pm

Chewbacca wrote:
Andinistaloco wrote:So I don't have hardly any new climbing partners, and the ones I do are folks I've met far from home, in places like Glacier NP and the Tetons.

Reason for this is that I've lived where I'm at long enough that I know a hell of a lot of people who hike and climb. I know you can never have too many friends, and especially never too many who hike and climb. But in the years I've been here I've guided and been in hiking clubs and groups, and sometimes I really feel like I do have too many hiker and climber friends. I never get to hang out with them enough - some of these friends live right nearby and yet I haven't hiked with them in months. And when I'm neglecting my friends in such rotten fashion, it's tough for me to justify meeting new climbing partners in the area. When I actually do find myself with time to hike and no partner - and it's damned rare - I'm far more likely to call someone I haven't seen in months than find a new partner.

Anyone else have this kind of issue?


You might want to spend more time climbing and less time pondering about something that isn't a problem.


Glad you found the time to post such edifying thoughts.

...everyone else, thanks for sharing!
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Postby rhyang » Wed Mar 31, 2010 5:00 pm

For hiking, backpacking, snowshoeing, scrambling, basic mountaineering, etc. I don't really need a partner. Usually I'd prefer to go solo on those kinds of trips -- it's just less hassle than to try and coordinate other people's schedules & logistics. I only really need a partner if there is going to be a rope involved.

You can never have too many climbing partners, and while I was recovering from injuries I hooked some of them up -- why don't you try that ? :) People move, get married, have kids, get busy with their jobs, etc. Life goes on .. it's good to meet new people to climb with.
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Postby Hotoven » Wed Mar 31, 2010 5:12 pm

MikeTX wrote:
Hotoven wrote:everyone you meat


insert one of those beavis n butthead laughs here.


haha good call!
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