It’s summer time and that means it’s hot. Sweltering hot in some places. So hot that you leave an extra shirt in your car to change into later because you know you’re going to sweat through the one you’re wearing within 30 minutes of being outside. Hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk, hot.
Climbers have got it rough this time of year. While surfers, kayakers, SUPers, canoers, and other activities centered around the water allow enthusiasts to jump in and cool off, climbers are crap outta luck. Unless you have a sponsor to hook you up with an endless supply of chalk and shoes, then you can deep water solo. Typically that’s not the case and climbers are confined to pulling plastic inside hot climbing gyms where the A/C just can’t cool off the hot air.
Step into a climbing gym for the first time and you’re choosing to submit yourself to a place filled with testosterone where the guys outnumber the girls 4:1. You’ll take a look around and find the pack of locals with comfortable looking harnesses, carrying around buckets of white powder, and jamming their feet into too small rubber shoes. Some are shirtless with sweat glistening atop their muscles bulging out of other muscles on their body. Certainly they’re the most hardcore of the climbing gym putting their fingers through sheer pain and agony.
Except that’s not the case.
The shirtless muscular climber that puts his/her hands and fingers through pain and misery will likely let out a loud TSSSSAAAAAAAAAT! that attracts attention throughout the climbing gym. Their war cry either helps them make a tough move they’ve been working for a while or they fall. And if they fall, they’ll let you know as they curse everything around them and in their life. At first glance he/she may appear to be the most hardcore of the climbers in the climbing gym, but he/she is not.
The hardcore climbers in the climbing gym are the locals that keep their shirts on during the sweltering summer months. Rather than shucking their shirt and showing off their muscles on muscles on muscles, they choose to sweat through their shirt. These hardcore climbers will tell you the sweat soaked shirt they keep on helps keep them cool. Or they’ll tell you the added sweat weight is great for weight training.
Whatever the reason they give you, just know they’re the most hardcore among the climbing gym. They choose to embrace the heat and keep their nasty shirt on, rather than being a little more comfortable and shucking their shirt. Oh and the climbers that wear a t shirt and jeans during the summer months? Well they’re just crazy.