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Flags that climbing is your mid-life crisis

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Eric L · · Roseville, CA · Joined Jan 2015 · Points: 115

I unintentionally triggered this conversation in the "I want to learn trad climbing" thread.  Thought it would be fun to gather your best/funniest takes on the topic.  

Thanks to Nate for his input, and here are some of mine...

Nate Doyle wrote:

- When your online dating profile is a new account here at MP.

- Your shiny new red Corvette is a Dragon 2 #3.

- And your new 20-year-old girlfriend, Fantasia, who you picked up at Lover's Leap, is a real knockout 5.9.

My top 5:

1) when are are closer in age to the experienced guide than your fellow students

2) you have more equipment than time (also called a poser/gumby/etc)

3) your wife is happy that you have life insurance; and lets you climb with complete strangers you meet online

4) people ask you for advice, when in fact they are more experienced than you

5) your co-workers gasp and say "don't hurt yourself!"

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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