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Seriously in need of serious rock partner


Posted by shizzam on Apr 29, 2009
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Date: Anytime
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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zplustwomortal enemies


Ha, dude same story here. My wife is studying for the CFA and has all but given up climbing, she was my primary climbing partner though there are a few people I've gone with in the south bay that are a little more advanced.

Just started climbing in September. Been hitting the gym more frequently of late, but haven't been on actual rock (barring an experience when I was 12). I'm climbing 5.9-5.10 at planet granite in the presidio, bouldering v1-v2.

Definitely want to push into multi-pitch outdoor climbing and more mountaineering routes. Was looking at SE buttress of Cathedral Peak (5.6-5.7ish, 5-10 pitches), probably will do that with a guide in July.

All winter long I was making the drive to Tahoe, no reason to quit now that all the snow is gone.

I work 8-6ish so schedules match, I get to the gym late evenings and on weekends. Glad to meet up at the gym or maybe Castle Rock?

I'm human, if a little dead-eyed of late as my job is slowly sucking my soul away.

In Boston until Sunday morning, and in SLC next weekend, but could meet up Sunday afternoon at PG/MC, or early in the week.


Posted May 6, 2009 12:41 pm

mlrosesfme! ME!


Hey! I am a 21 year old student at Berkeley and have been climbing indoors for about four years. I started climbing outdoors last summer but haven't gotten more than a couple of trad climbs in since then. I can follow up to a 5.9 trad climb and easy 5.10 sport climbs in the valley. I would LOVE to learn to set anchors and gear this summer and am willing to trade gas, camping prices, etc for the help.

I am also TOTALLY happy just to climb! I really want to hit the granite and luckily, i have weeks off of my job at a time plus most afternoons free (i am leading kayaking courses a few times a week and a two-week long backpacking trip during july so my schedule is Really flexible.)

Anyways, I am human, really laid back, great convo (esp during trips to yosemite!) and just looking to climb. plllleaaaasssee get in contact with me! lets go!

ps i have a rope, a car, and any trad gear we would need

lets meet up at a gym sometime if you're down

Posted May 18, 2009 1:39 am

wintermuteRe: me! ME!


Have you find a partner yet? You seem to be able to lead some routes and follow.

Anyway, let me know. I am also lloking for a climbing partner.


Posted Oct 12, 2009 8:17 pm



I'm fairly new to the area and my closest good partner is in LA so it's hard to make that work, but we did the East butt of the Middle Cathedral a couple of weeks ago, did it in 6 pitches and about 4.5 hours. I want to hit up some of the Tahoe stuff, Lover's leap in particularly. I lead ~5.9 trad, low .11 sport and really only boulder when I'm at the gym.

I'm in Vacaville, so meeting at the gym would be a bit of a drive but I'm not opposed to a meetup before we go do something with some commitment. Look at Surrealistic Pillar (.7) into either Traveler's buttress (.9) or Corrugation corner (more .7). Climbs the entire leap, 6 or so pitches, reasonable difficulty... I can lead the whole thing, show you anchors and schtuff, have all the gear and am safe and experienced. Yose is cool too, but Tahoe's a bit closer for me. I'd love to have a regular partner, I can usually do weekends and should be able to swing longer stuff if it's coordinated a ways out.

I lived in Colorado for 4 years, that's where I picked up climbing and have done RMNP, the Black, Lumpy, Turkey, Eldo, Moab, the Creek, Zion... I get around, and I'm pretty easy to get along with.
Posted Jul 8, 2009 6:17 pm

We sound similar although I don't mind messing around on the local crags, would rather run laps on real rock than plastic.

I'm relatively new in town, moved to Berkeley in August '09. I need dependable partners who want to climb. I prefer long trad routes but will climb sport too.

Aside from rock, I like alpine and ice climbing and need partners for that too as all of mine are back in Alaska :-(

I have more gear than I like to admit, a good car and a semi-flexible schedule.

Posted Sep 25, 2009 8:46 pm

wintermuteRe: _



I am reay to start going to the sierras soon, so let me know if you are still looking for a partner to do some multi-pitch routes/ice. Couloirs would be great. Thinking of Mt. Thompson etc.

Posted Oct 12, 2009 8:20 pm

wintermuteSeriously in need of serious rock partner too


Seriously in need of serious rock partner. Still not desperate but I do have time, a full rack and motivation. Thinking about middle cathedral, Lover's leap and stuff in the sierras this winter. Maybe some couloirs soon.

Anyway. Let me know.
Posted Oct 12, 2009 8:15 pm



Hey. Looks like you got a lot of responses. In the case that you haven't found your perfect climbing partner yet, I am still looking for one.
-I climb at mission cliffs. i leave every weekend, when I can't find a partner I backpack or do whatever i can
-I find people in the city to be very flaky and I'm looking for someone who isn't
-I have been sport leading 5.8-5.10 s(rare 10s) outside, have done a 5 pitch, am eager to get into trad.
-I'm looking for someone who wants to climb for 2-3 days in a row, once or twice a month. I love tahoe and yosemite. Alright. email is b.c.aarons@gmail.com, number is 415 717 8393. I'm trying to go this weekend.
Posted Sep 13, 2012 8:37 pm

bcaaronsRe: ?


wooooww i didn't realize that this post was from 3 years ago, sorry about that
Posted Sep 13, 2012 9:17 pm

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