Tips for finding a good climbing partner
It took me awhile to find a good climbing partner but here are some tips and things I tried while I was looking that I found helpful and not so helpful.
Indoor Climbing Gyms
It seems like this would be a great way to find a climbing partner and it may be for some people but it did not work out for me. I found that most people who were climbing in the gym had never climbed outside before and I was looking for an outdoors climbing partner. If you are looking for a climbing partner to do indoor climbing then this would be a great place to look.
Take a course
There are lots of climbing courses offered through outdoor adventure companies that you can find on www.groupon.com . This is a great way to meet people as well as learning the basics of climbing. Although, this is not how I met my climbing partners.
Like anything else you do online you must be careful and safe. If you find someone and would like to meet them to go climbing, take someone with you and make sure you let someone know where you are going and when you plan to be back. I did meet someone off a climbing forum who turned out to be a very nice person and he invites me everytime he goes climbing. But he lives a bit farther away and it doesn’t always work out.
Go for a hike
Before I officially started climbing I would hike into a local climbing spot and admire the climbers, wishing I could join them. I tried talking to a few people and not everyone is as friendly as you would like them to be. After being disappointed by a few previous climbers I came across a couple climbing alone. The girl was spotting and belaying her husband. My friend and I stopped to watch and I started a conversation with the girl belaying. It turned out that they were new to the area and were looking for people to climb with as well. We exchanged email addresses and phone numbers and before you know it we became good friends and climbing partners. I was so happy! I specifically was looking for a girl climbing partner so this was great! This was my most successful way of meeting a climbing partner and to top it off I made a great friend out of it as well.
And last but not least, you could always,
Date a climber
I can’t say I have tried this one but my boyfriend does climb so now when no one else can climb, I can always count on him.