Q: Recently my buddy and I started the rock
climbing deal. We've made a point of getting to
real rock at least once a week and have used other
peoples' climbing gyms in town.
The problem is, my buddy just received an
excellent job offer and soon will be leaving. I
really want to get good. But as much as I've
spoken with other athletic friends, I'm having a
hard time finding a climbing buddy.
This makes rock climbing impossible, because I
really need to be taking measurable risks in
order to improve via the aid of a good belayer.
There are rock climbing clicks in town but the
aren't easily aligned with or penetrated. Any
Yours is a dilemma that I hear frequently, often from
the guys that I guide. In fact, I have one client who is
really quite a good climber, but he climbs with me
because he just can't find good partners. You are lucky
though, because you happen to live near the best place
in the universe to find motivated partnersYosemite
Valley. Are you spending much time up there? It
sounds like you are serious about climbing, so I'd
recommend you pack up the vehicle and start heading
to the Valley every weekend. Better yet, quit your job
and head up there permanently. OK, I know, this is
unrealistic, but I guarantee it would solve your
problem. Yosemite is full of misfits who've had a hard
time assimilating into normal society
but they climb
like spiders. So don't despair, the right partner will
come along eventually; it's just a matter of being in the
right place at the right time.