There are several frames of thought when it comes to partnering up for a lead climb. There are those who will climb with pretty much anyone holding a belay device. Sometimes climbers are desperate to hop on a route and so they just take what they can get. This isn’t always the safest bet, but the suspense of getting short roped, or dropped, versus having a flawless and satisfying belay does have a certain je ne sais quoi. Then, there are those who will only climb with trusted and tested climbing partners. When you’re dealing with real physical hazards, mitigating risk is not a bad idea.
Judicious and Lackadaisical are the bookends of the belaytionship spectrum, and while most climbers fall closer to the judicious side of the continuum, the scale is speckled with preferences of all varieties.
Risk and safety aren’t the only attributes climbers look for in a belay partner. Personality traits and personal tastes such as kindness, conversation, intellect, humor, and musical preference all carry weight in determining what qualifies as a fitting climbing partner as well.
Climbers may be willing to forego extreme safety in favor of considerable safety and good conversation. Other climbers may prefer moderate safety if it comes with no conversation. Some may rank spearmint breath and Excel Spreadsheet knowhow over everything else. Taste varies!
The problem is that truly knowing your climbing partner takes time. Someone may give up on a climber who ranks high in safety but seemingly low in humor, only to find out later that their would-be partner just needed some time to come out of their shell.
If only there were some kind of Tinder style app that matched climbers based on a flawless algorithm for the ideal belay/climbing partnership.
WELL NOW THERE IS (no there isn’t)! I present to you WHIPPER.
WHIPPER uses the most technologically advanced algorithm in the biz. When there’s a match on WHIPPER you can rest assured that our connection database has just teamed you up with the greatest catch in the field.
Not convinced? Why don’t you take a look at some of our amazing users already finding success on WHIPPER.
Whatever your climbing preference is, you can find your match on WHIPPER!
- This post is the sequel to a piece from October 2019 “Tinder for Climbers”