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Trad Climbing Club? 14-Apr-2013 At 11:40:46 AM Wendy
Really, am I the only person who finds it a bit rich when others want you to teach them when you either don't know them at all or have only just met them? Or when people post on chocky they've only ever climbed in a gym and would like someone to take them outdoors or only ever climbed sport and would like someone to take them trad climbing? What they are basically asking for is a guide. a free guide. who as they also don't know you from a bar of soap, may or may not be any good. It might sound like a nice fuzzy free and unregulated system, but it is asking a lot of the people who do know their stuff to pass it on all nicely like that. I personally am over it. Only people who actually mean something to me get those sort of favours. Anyone else can bloody well pay for it.

I think people romanticise the days when we all just learnt by osmosis somehow with very little real teaching, because basically everyone just wanted to get on with their own climbing. Which is fair enough, but doesn't lead to good teaching and most of us really did arse our way through. Some people even had nasty accidents as a result. I'm all for people learning in a manner that leads to being safe and doesn't drain on good willed people out there. And if that means that most people will have to shut up and pay a guide, so be it. Note, I'm trying very hard not to guide these days, so I'm not even promoting my own work.

And of course, a few days guiding doesn't replace the years of practice needed to be really on the ball, but it does set people up the right way to go out and continue learning and makes them at least competent enough not to be a massive pain in the arse to others who might then climb with them

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