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Oh, and this climber's awesome.

Tuesday I went climbing during lunchtime with a couple of friends.  If you're climbing hard, it's nice to climb with two others because that'll give you a couple of minutes of downtime when one of them is belaying the other.  Still, if you want to climb more frequently, it's better if you can pair off with just one other climber.

A female voice came over the PA system: "Attention Planet Granite members and guests.  There's a climber at the front desk who's looking for a belay partner.  Come by the front desk if you can help."

A slight pause.  Then, "Oh, and this climber's awesome."

We looked at each other as our bullshit detectors pinged.  What was that last bit for?  Was this climber so terrible or repulsive that he needed that obviously insincere recommendation?

Whatever.  My buddy Charles decided to toss the loser a line.  I (jokingly) reminded him, "We'll decide who's awesome around here, and if he doesn't cut muster, he's out."  Honestly, the three of us are no great shakes, but it's fun to cop an attitude if you can.  Charles headed off to the front desk (behind the wall), and later came back alone saying, "He wasn't at the front desk anymore.  They'll find him in the bouldering area and he'll come by."

A little bit later, a tall and strikingly beautiful co-ed walks up and asks, "Are you the three climbers who're available to belay another climber?"

I was the one not tied in to a rope at that particular moment, so it fell to me to pair off with her.  I'll take one for the team.  They can thank me later.

She allowed me to climb first, and I went up a 5.10b with no difficulty.  A 5.10c would have been trouble, though.  She made some appreciative comments, then decided to warm up on a 5.11d, and waltzed up that thing like it was nothing.  (If you're not a climber, that essentially means I was revealed to be an amateur in the presence of a genuine athelete.)

Climbing turned out to be excellent.  She was strong, graceful and fun to watch on the wall.

Aww, geeze.  She was awesome, after all.  The P.A. announcement was no lie.  I was the one lucky to be climbing with her.

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davidd
Aug. 27th, 2009 05:16 am (UTC)
No pics to accompany this story, I suppose?

Any chance you two will become regular climbing partners?
dblume
Aug. 27th, 2009 07:23 am (UTC)
I can see it now: "Woah, you're hawt! Excuse me while I take a coupla quick shots here, 'cause my web friends will never believe this without pics."

Sadly, our future as belay partners was not to be. She's returning to school and her boyfriend in the midwest after summer break.
pastilla
Aug. 27th, 2009 03:18 pm (UTC)
I can almost hear the sitcom incidental music playing as the realization of her talent became clear. Boo-wah-doooooooooo.

:D

Great story.
dblume
Aug. 28th, 2009 05:25 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Pastilla! The music would have been appropriate.
tpederson
Aug. 27th, 2009 06:33 pm (UTC)
Great story Dave minus the term "co-ed". Is this 1940? Co-ed. Really? Just ribbing you.

Any how, what did she do after the warm up? Catch a name?
dblume
Aug. 27th, 2009 06:56 pm (UTC)
I've always been amused with the connotations of "co-ed." Technically, it could be a guy at a once female-only school, but that's never what it means. It always seemed to mean "attractive female college student," and she was a college student so I went with it. I also had fun with other timely phrases like "cut muster", "great shakes" and "cop an attitude." Who says that?

Her name is Kelly, and she continued to exclusively do other 5.11d's.
sjonsvenson
Aug. 27th, 2009 09:10 pm (UTC)
Maybe I should start climbing again.
dblume
Aug. 28th, 2009 05:25 pm (UTC)
Maybe I should start biking again.
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