I love climbing.
I also love the people who climb. The folks in my climbing circle all seem to feel the same way. Climbers are a unique and fabulous bunch of people. Half of the awesomeness of this thing we do is the community we share it with.
I noticed it first in my home gym. Within a few weeks of getting started I was handed over to a Wednesday climbing group. They took me in with smiles and never once made me feel bad about being a total beginner and barely being able to make it up a 5.7. Always positive, always encouraging, and passionate about life.
Maybe that’s what it is. There’s this passion for life that I don’t see in many other places. These people stand out. They’re the ones with sparkly eyes. They play hard and don’t take themselves, or life, too seriously.
Or maybe it’s a shared experience. Climbing transforms us. Everyone’s story is different, but they are eerily similar as well. Stories of transformation, awakening, and empowerment. Maybe we can sense that in each other.