Let's stop the spray, stop feeling butt-hurt, stop the noob-bashing, stop the discipline wars within the sport, stop the crag-as-fashion-show -- and focus on what's important: preserving the natural environment in which our crags are set, maintaining access, teaching others, and having the most fun possible with the limited time we have on this earth to live and climb.
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...
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.
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.