I have learned some things during our trip and one of them is, that climbers and specially boulderers are many times just totally crazy.
There is things you can say to a climber and things that you shouldn’t say, or at least you have to know, when to say what. Does this sound complicated to you? Well, it is. This is something I have written down, just to help all the other normal people out there, to understand better and deal with boulderers:
- If boulderer comes down from the top, you shouldn’t be positive. Just wait and feel, what is the right way to speak to him/her. If the climber is aggressive and scares you, just act cool and be supportive of the feeling.
- Don’t give beta (advice about the route) unless it is asked, but recognize the moment, when you should give beta without asking.
- If the climber says it was his/hers last try, don’t start packing the pads. Wait until you know, that it was really his/hers last try.
- If the climber says, that he can’t climb the route because it is morpho (heigh dependent), there is bad friction, he/her doesn’t have skin left or because of you etc. agree, even if you think otherwise.
- Say that the hold is a jug/good, even if it isn’t, but know, when it is the moment to say the truth.
- Say that the hook/foot/hand is well placed, even if isn’t, but then again notice the moment, when you can say the truth.
- Don’t say to the climber that he/she has done well and that one move goes well, cause then it is your fault, if the climber can’t do the move next time.
- Don’t be positive, cause that can irritate the climber and spoil the climbing.
- Don’t be negative or critical about anything, cause that can ruin the hole climbing as a hobby/lifestyle.
- If the climber is depressed, moping and in a bad mood, because it is not possible to climb, be very understanding and mope along. DON’T ever say that get a grip, or that you should do something else than climbing.
- If the climber is complaining about the weather/skin/power/tiredness etc. be supportive and understanding and try to fix things.
- When you are cheering during the climb, know how to do it right, so that it doesn’t ruin the whole climb. Example: Don’t say that he/she can do it, if he/she can’t.
I don’t know, if can call myself a real boulderer or climber, but I know, I sure am not normal either, and then again I like my people nuts.