Seriously in need of serious rock partner
Posted by shizzam on Apr 29, 2009
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Location: California, United States
City or Place: San Francisco
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Categories: Rock Climbing
Partner Status: Want Partners
So I need a rock climbing partner in the truest sense of the word. I've a got a girlfriend that I climb with in the gym, but we have completely opposite schedules so it is hard for us to get out on trips to real rock. I've got a few folks of varying levels of flakiness who I find myself emailing as the weekend approaches. Some of these people just aren't that into climbing, and some of them have a more regular partner and just use me as a backup. Anyway, what I need is someone to form a real partnership with. Someone I can get out on the stone with regularly so that we can start working well together and progress together and work towards common goals. And before I start to sound too much like a teamwork seminar, maybe I should go to bullet points or the like
-Only been climbing outdoors about a year and a bit, climbed inside for a little while before that.
-So far this season on about 5 days outside I've led a good few 5.8s and a speck of 5.9. I've toproped some 5.9s and a 10a clean. Generally I would say I feel pretty confident leading 5.8 and am looking forward to trying some harder stuff in the coming weeks. (The whole solid on 5.8 thing could be totally destroyed if I tried Trial By Fire or Little John Left or some other hardass old school valley 5.8. I haven't got much offwidth experience I must admit.)
-I'm 28, male, not a total dickhead or anything. In fact I'm described as quite agreeable by my girlfriend, parents and close friends. I find I can get along well with most people especially if we have a common interest (I'm thinking climbing here) to talk about.
-I generally like to climb in the valley, but I'm also always open to Tahoe areas or Tuolumne/high sierra. Day trips to local bay area sandstone stuff doesn't really interest me, I'd rather drive a little ways and get on granite (or just climb in the gym, go mtn biking, or drink beer in front of the tv).
-This year I would like to:
1) Climb. A lot, hopefully.
2) Get on some longer (ie more than 4-5 pitches) routes in the valley. The only one I've done so far is snake dike. That was a blast, but I'd like to try some harder stuff (east butt of middle, south face of north dome, Astroman (just kidding) etc.)
3) Along with that, do some harder cragging so I can actually get to the point where leading the aforementioned climbs won't put me totally at my limit.
4) Maybe, time and partner permitting, do some high sierra routes. I don't have anything too particular in mind, but I will say that Bear Creek Spire appeals to me (I think I just like the name) and the Fishhook Arete on Mt Russell is awfully pretty.
and now, after that long winded diatribe:
-Shit, I don't know. I Definitely like to climb with humans. The kind that can hold a decent conversation during a 5 hour drive are preferable. I can't say that age matters too much, although I will admit that I tend to relate more to those near to my age. But then again, who doesn't? Guy/Girl certainly doesn't matter.
Really I'd like to get out and climb with some people who are looking for a partner as described above. And then maybe if we have a blast we'll climb together some more and then maybe we'll share some common goals that we can work towards and do some routes that we both dream about. I'm not a crazy weirdo looking for some sort of Craigslist hookup or some sad sack in need of a best friend. I've got friends, but they seem more interested in having kids than going climbing with me, and I'm looking to hold onto my youth a bit longer. I'm just a dude who recently realized that the thing holding him back from the climbing he desires isn't commitment or time or ability (ok, maybe that), it's having a person or persons to regularly work towards things with.
OK, shit, aaaaand...... end rant.
Oh, except to say that my work schedule is 9-5 M-Th, so I am available to climb most Fri though Suns. And from June 12th through sometime in very late July I will be in California and not working at all and able to climb full time.
Oh and also, I fully support meeting up in the gym or something before comitting to a multi-day climbing trip with someone I have never met. After all, we could be mortal enemies.
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