July 3, 2013
I used to do a lot of big mountains and ice, but now I prefer rock. I've professionally guided for 25 years in Joshua Tree, Yosemite, Smith, City of Rocks, Black Hills, Owens River Gorge, Wyoming, Utah, Alaska, and all around Washington. I also enjoy whitewater kayaking, surfing, snowboarding, and sea kayaking.
Frankly? I was never very good at the throwing, catching, kicking, or deflecting of balls, which rendered me nearly unpickable for grade school sports. Thusly surprised by the semblance of athleticism and grace I felt in early forays into climbing, I stuck with it.
Experienced climbing guide. Trad, Ice, Altitude, Walls, Sport.
Highlights: some great people psyched on climbing and getting out. I've found some good partners and good times here. Things to be aware of: many beginners join trips assuming an outdoor climbing trip on Meetup will be sort of like a visit to the climbing gym--lots of routes set safely for them; all they need to do is tie in and say "on belay". And many intermediate climbers join with (very) limited knowledge of outdoor safety systems, yet these are often the people setting topropes for the (often huge) groups of beginning climbers. This combination can lead to some dangerous situations. I have seen ropes set far back and over sharp edges get cut through to the core after being top roped all day by a long line of climbers who had no idea what they were tying into. I have seen fledgling leaders endanger themselves and other climbers at a crag by getting way over their heads. So, buyer beware; and don't assume competence or that the rope you are tying into is "safe."