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Gumby looking for experienced partner(s) for trad

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David Gerrard · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Nov 2022 · Points: 0

I've been prepping for "real" climbing for about 9 months now. I have a decent rack & ropes (both dynamic and static) and taken a few lessons. I've done some time on Indian Rock in Berkeley, mostly traversing. Home gym is Ironworks. I'm climbing 5.10B, with a focus on crack jamming.  I've been working out ~3 times a week, FBW & cardio. Spending way too much time watching Youtube climbing videos.  I'm pretty sure I'm ready for 5.6 or 5.7 outdoors. I have a history of picking things up quickly, and I also have an unblemished safety record.  I like a challenge, but not interested in much suffering or pushing the safety edge. While I admire the skill and dedication involved, I don't think I'm ever get to the point of projecting hard climbs, even if I could get into good enough shape.   

I'm 70 years old. I've done tons of outdoor activities all my life (climbed Mt. Whitney with my family when I was 9, lots of backpacking, years as a kayak/ hang gliding/ sailing/ ski bum).  Doing things on my own is okay, but I'm a social creature, and I've met most of my friends through outdoor activities. Unfortunately, per Hank Williams Jr, all my rowdy friends have settled down, so I'm the new old guy. I tend to gravitate towards younger people. It's the attitude, not the number.   

 I consider myself to be a pretty good team player, an important part consisting of having my shit together. I don't have much tolerance for flakes, cranks or control freaks. If it isn't fun, I'll pass. 

 If I need to, I'll hire a guide for an intro or two, but I want to find regular partners, and I don't want to limit the search to fellow students (most washed out after a lesson or two) or at the gym, where I haven't connected with anyone who seemed both sufficiently experienced and interested in taking on a newer climber. 

Yosemite looks like a zoo this year, so  I'm open to any other reasonably accessible area. My schedule is flexible, and this isn't necessarily for the next week or two. I'm a bit transportation-limited, with an ancient diesel that's a roll of the dice for longer trips. I'm probably going to bite the bullet and get a used suv soon, but for now, I'll need a ride. 

If I sound like the kind of guy you'd want to go climbing and hang out with, drop me a message.

Cheers, David 

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