|By Samir Hazboun
From Greensboro, North Carolina
Aug 28, 2014
|SHORT VERSION: Looking for a mentor to teach me how to sport climb safely, and within a month or so (as soon as I get a trad rack from a friend) start learning how to trad climb. Currently located in Greensboro, NC and climbing at Pilot Mt but open to anything within 5 hours driving distance. Will provide beer, fun, food, and a willing chauffeur.
LONGER VERSION: I'm just starting to get into climbing but I'm already hooked. I spent the summer setting up top-ropes for kids at a summer camp and now I'm looking to improve my own climbing prowess instead of belaying small children all day.
I've only really top-roped outdoors but I'm looking to expand that to sport and trad as soon as possible. I'm going to the rock gym as much as I can to start improving my technique and strength and I just watched all of Neil Gresham's videos.
I have a car and have no problem driving long distances while my passengers nap, so long as I can play music at a reasonable level. I've been to Pilot Mountain twice to do some top-roping with friends and I'm going to keep doing that to build my experience level with outdoor routes.
GEAR: I have two dynamic ropes. Both are 60m. I also have 70 feet of static rope for setting a top rope anchor. Five locking carabiners, 8 quick draws, and two XS-M harnesses. I'm hopefully going to be getting to borrow a friends full trad rack within a month or so, until then I'm going to be looking at finding top-roping and sport routes outdoors as much as possible. I also have snagged two crash pads off Craigslist and I'm down to sneak some bouldering in as well, but that's something I can do with my friends and don't need a mentor in the safety sense as much (at least that's the sense I get, granted I'm very new to all this). Also picking up a helmet today (I've been using them always but I've been borrowing).
CONCLUSION: Basically I'm looking for someone who is very safety conscious to pass on their ethics, habits, and knowledge to a new climber. I would rather work with someone who is very thorough and doesn't cut any corners when it comes to safety so that I can have a very solid conservative knowledge base to work from and then later down the line make my own decisions on what, if any, risks I'm willing to take.
Thanks for your time!