Climbing culture has a bit of a reputation. It is often depicted as an adventure sport that glorifies pushing grades, sending projects, and conquering new heights. The truth is that for many of us, climbing is not about grades or ego; it is about community, self-expression, and finding our flow. When our personal motivations do not align with the prevailing cultural norms or the expectations of our climbing partners, it can negatively impact our enjoyment of the sport and our progress. By embracing the diverse motivations within the climbing community, we can shift the focus toward creativity, self-expression, and the shared joy of being on the wall.
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Once I got into climbing, I started watching competitions. Well, I guess not all comps - specifically, the IFSC's (IFSC stands for International Federation of Sport Climbing) bouldering finals competitions. And while I don't climb in comps, even casually, I have learned a lot of great lessons and I recommend more climbers watch comps.
Do you remember your childhood memories and your ability to have innocent fun? Yes? Pick a number. 1-2-3. Pick a color. B-L-U-E. Pick another number. 1-2-3-4. We understand that adulting is sometimes difficult. The “real world” is challenging, but it does ironically expose a wonderful truth, which is that being an adult can be overrated. Picasso’s even on our side for this one (so you know it’s true): “It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child”. Reclaiming our innocence and the ability to break down our own barriers for fun is daunting. The first step is to get in the right mindset--rewind to your youth. Do you remember the old games of yore? Kick the can, the stick with a wooden circle rolly thing, pong, truth or dare, spin the bottle, creepy crawlers, the water level in Zelda? (Insert pause for melancholic sigh of remembrance). Recently, we’ve noticed our online community going bonkers for a silly, little game of “Would you Rather” and we thought we’d share the ones that seem to be getting downright heated. (To be fair, choosing between eating mayonnaise for the rest of your life or sweating mayonnaise for the rest of your life tends to do that). Enjoy!
Sunday morning provides crisp, fall air sifting through the madrone and oak trees as they shade the Tafoni Sandstone in Castle Rock State Park (CRSP). The costume party last night only contributes to my excitement, despite the lack of sleep. Rebolting has been so intriguing to me after years of seeing so much antiquated rock protection. I was overwhelmed at the opportunity to contribute to some local climbing areas. That morning, we set out with the Bay Area Climbers Coaltion (BACC) and gear provided by the American Safe Climbing Association (ASCA) to update some of the old bolts that protect the California Ridge area.
“I get knocked down, but I get up again, you’re never gonna keep me down…” -Chumbawumba
Tommy Bell was part of the Rockville family for more than six years hosting birthday parties, teaching climbing classes and much more. Best known for his ever-present smile and seemingly endless supply of positivity, Tommy embodied the best in all of us. Our community lost Tommy far too soon when he passed away in a bicycle crash in the Spring of 2017.
Each month we Rendezvous! Why? Because there’s no better place to check your worries at the door and relax with friends than at Movement. After a year of hosting these events, we’ve learned a few of the common threads that tie everyone together. Whether you are a long-time member or just interested in exploring the gym, the Rendezvous is a great way to join in on the fun. Friends, fun, free beer and a chance to meet new friends--what more could you ask for?