I feel as though I am qualified to write a post in this style, since I am a senior Psychology major. Who over the past two years has learned to observe another and evaluate their behavior and or thoughts. Now in this post I will be speaking sometimes down about female climbers, in no way am I trying to generalize every single female who climbs under the observations and insight I have gained from not only myself but other females I climb with. So here goes my tiny Rant….
Throughout my years of climbing I have noticed one thing. It seems to be that men have it easier in the climbing world. They seem to be able to take any beta, make all the friends, and a willing to make that risky move. Whereas a woman seems to beat herself up a lot when she can’t figure the beta out or is standoff-ish when it comes to taking a big move or learning something new. For example, I once watched a dear friend of mine do take after take on a route for weeks straight. And the only thing stopping her was her!! I see this even in myself when I climb, I doubt myself more than I probably should. Saying things like “I’m not good enough of a climber” or “I’m not strong enough as the guy I just watched send that”. Again, I don’t want it to seem like I’m putting women to shame, but as I move my eyes around my local gym these are the things I notice. Women just counting themselves out even after the smallest mistake
I have been climbing big walls, towers, in gyms, you name it I’ve tried my hand at it. And from my experiences it appears females, even if they’ve just been introduced to the climbing world feel as though they need to fill a stereotypical female image. Less than, not strong enough, and always needing a helping hand from a man. AGAIN. This post is all from my opinion and my experiences so don’t get your panties in a wad.
But Fuck that ladies!!! Take a page from the great female climbers of our day and know that you are good enough, you are strong enough and you will make that big move you’ve been trying for weeks now. Know that even if the guys don’t say it your training is paying off and you will kill the pitch!!! And to my readers, I would really like to know what you guys think about this.