If you’re looking for new climbing partners, whether you’re moving or new to the sport, take heart: You don’t need to climb 5.12 to find climbing partners (I certainly don’t!), but it certainly helps if you bring something to the table, whether that be gratitude, gear, or beer. Here are four keys to finding and keeping awesome climbing partners, as well as a few red flags that you might not want someone on the other end of your rope.
Let me start by saying that thanks to climbing, I understand the value of a group of strong women coming together to support and encourage each other, all while crushing it.
It wasn’t always this way for me.
Just the other day, I had a male friend ask me if I had a problem making female friends, and the answer now is an emphatic “no.” But having spent most of my career in an extremely male-dominated industry (video production), I’ve often been the only girl in a group of guys.
When I moved to Denver, the first thing I had to do was find a climbing gym.
Brooklyn Boulders Somerville was everything to me. No other gym will ever replace all that it meant to me and make me forget how much I miss the people there, but I still need a place to provide me with some of the things I left behind.
So I set out on a tour of climbing gyms in Denver to discover which one was just right!
To my amour, Québec City:
I’d heard about you before I ever laid eyes on you, and though my friends were adamant that I would fall head over heels, something kept me away. Maybe I was afraid because I already knew you would steal my heart.
This teddy bear has been my constant companion on my journey through life, but even more than that, he has been a fantastic actual travel companion! I started taking pictures of him when I began traveling solo, because he was a way for me to take personal photos without having to try to always get myself in the shot somehow.
However, I soon realized that he was also an amazing conversation starter!
For a quick getaway from Seattle that still boasts the best of the Pacific Northwest, cross the Canadian border into Vancouver!
Known for its natural beauty, you’ll never run out of things to do in Vancouver if you stay outside. And when you’re ready to take a break from exploring the great outdoors, Vancouver is full of excellent restaurants and breweries to refuel for more fun. Be sure to spend some time strolling through the shops on Granville Island, too.
Let us show you all that Vancouver has to offer!
The common travel resolutions for the new year always seem to include “travel more” or dreams of specific destinations. And those are great goals – but why not make 2016 the year you change the way you travel? With a new perspective, every trip can be an adventure!
If you’re not quite ready to brave the full-on Canadian winter weather, what about a visit to Vancouver? The climate is much milder on the west coast, and it generally feels more like fall, even in February. I happened to take my trip during a bit of a cold snap, and, being true Canadians, several Vancouverites actually apologized for the unseasonable chill. But I handled it just fine – especially because of what I packed.
Sometimes the best way to get through the winter is to simply embrace it. Enjoy all the fun that the snowy season offers by visiting one of these cities where you can find plenty to do indoors – and even outside!
One of the questions we get asked the most here at Wanderu is, “How do you actually pronounce Wanderu? Also, why is your mascot a monkey?” Turns out the answers are related, so here is the story of why Wanderu is pronounced “wanderoo” – and why we have a monkey for our mascot!
My beloved bag is the Dakine Carry On Valise 35L. I bought it six years ago (wow, can’t believe it’s been that long!) for $80 on Zappos.
Is it too big, too small, or just right?
It’s appropriate that I have hair like Goldilocks, because it is just right! I can always fit what I need into it, but it also keeps me from packing too much.
Still looking for a place to get away for spring break, but don’t want to go to one of the traditional (and crowded) spots? Try one of these unusual but awesome holiday destinations!
Deep in the rainforest of southern India, a remarkable monkey was born. Chiku dreamed of leaving his home and exploring the world, but his fellow monkeys were not interested in adventure and preferred to keep to themselves. So, with a backpack full of bananas, Chiku left the jungle on a journey to find a place where he would fit in. He swam the Arabian sea, trekked across Africa, sailed on a ship over the Atlantic, and ended up in America.