Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?
In the illustrious words of Rodney King, “Why can’t we all just get along?” I think about this often when paroosing internet forums, blogs, and climbing websites. Has anyone else noticed that climbers can really be self righteous bastards? I mean, we have the ‘Trad is Rad’ crowd, the ‘I boulder because its the purest form of climbing’ dudes and dudettes, Alpinist light is right elitist, and sport climbing ego-maniacs. We all tend to think that are little niche of climbing is by far superior to all the other punter wannabes out there.
Don’t get me wrong, I love making fun of people, especially climbers. However, when jovial fun poking gives way to malice, then we have a problem. For the sake of sounding sappy, we can all learn from each other’s respective disciplines, except ice climbers, those guys are just dumb. No seriously, crossing over and gaining experience from other climbing genres can increase ability in your respective area. It’s like eating those green veggies when you were a kid, you hated it, but your mom made you. It was good for you, helped you grow, and now you may even enjoy it. Climbing can be like that. For instance, I am not that keen on bouldering. I just can’t get that psyched about it, however, I go do it sometimes, although reluctantly, and it helps. It’s possible that one day I will enjoy it too, just like spinach.
Basically, I am rambling today, but I just wanted to encourage everyone to stop taking themselves so serious, get with the program, be nice, and have fun. If not, then I am sending Sly to annihilate you!