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Courtesy at the Crag. An (open source) Climbing Etiquette Manifesto
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By haleymay
From Salt Lake City
Oct 9, 2010
hand solo - selfish wall

I'm not super outgoing by any means, socially awkward is more like it. I don't go out of my way to say "Hi" to people because it feels strange to me, but if someone says "Hi" to me I always reciprocate. Seems like common courtesy. Now I'm wondering if I'm being rude for not offering up a hello first...


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By BCA
From michigan
Oct 9, 2010

i am generally a pretty social person. i enjoy sharing a smile, a story about the day, some friendly route talk, but it is also important, as a social individual, to realize when others are not interested in talking. it is my responsibility to not be offended by this. i can say hi, and move on. no problem. people all have egos, including me. some things i tend to be conservative about at crags are as follows:

cigarette smoking
music being played on portable stereos
ethnocentric or bigoted talk
derogatory stories about women
disregard for others who are waiting for a route

i have experienced all of these things, and i understand that some of it is part of the culture of sport climbing...i just prefer a respectful environment. i think it makes for better, more focused climbing with less potential for any mistakes. interesting thread. thanks for starting it.


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By Will S
From Joshua Tree
Oct 9, 2010

tomtom wrote:
I think you're missing the point. I'm another one of those climbers who isn't terribly sociable when I'm getting ready to lead. Especially at my limit. My life isn't all about you.


+1.

I'm racking up to lead, and you're running your gob at me? STFU and go away already so I don't forget to rack a/the critical piece.


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By George Heib
Oct 10, 2010
Holding up a lovely BD #4

You know, I have seen a few posts about not bringing your dog. How about, don't bring your misbehaving dog. We ran into two groups with dogs at sandstonia today and boy they were the best behaved dogs I have ever seen. Didn't get in the way or bug anyone. Granted one of the dog's groups were a bit antisocial, but it looked like they were just taking in everything.

I honestly think the harder a KID climbs, or the bigger the group the more rude they are, but in all we had a great time chatting with everyone the whole weekend and even made some new friends. I think a post earlier was spot on. Don't let negative vibes ruin your day and more than likely your positive vibes will echo through everyone else. Always remember we do this for the love of the sport not because we have to do it. The moment you aren't loving what you are doing is the moment you should take some time off.


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