Climber Spotlight: Andrew @ol_uncle_jamal
“I got into climbing on my most recent deployment. Sitting in my tent, YouTube recommended a @magmidt video. I watched it out of boredom, and curiosity, came back from my deployment.... Went to @climbchambers for the first time, took a bouldering 101 course and then just fell absolutely in love. I think one of the main reasons I ended up sticking around is community. Regardless of what gym or crag you visit everybody treats you like an old friend.
I started college in 2012 and ended up enlisting in the military March 15th 2013. I've always loved my unit. Some of the people are a little more bullheaded than others. There is a kinship in the military you can only fully understand by going through those shared experiences with your unit. Going through the suck together. I started off in the military as an 18-year-old kid. Now I have a lot of soldiers who are directly under my care and I can see myself in them. They'd always wanted to serve, but never totally had a good sense of how to do that. Now in a mentor role, I'm more capable to be able to help guide the younger generation of soldiers towards whatever their goal is.
Climbing is a sport of courtesies. Being courteous to yourself, your climbing partner, the community, the earth that gives us rocks to climb on. Being a good steward whether this is just your hobby or profession. Something as simple as being good to your climbing partner. Get your partner checked, right? You know their life is literally in your hands when they're on the wall and you're holding the rope. In my experience this community is very willing to go out of their way to help another person.
For all my coworkers, you guys have really like, just become a second family. To me, it's incredible how absolutely willing everyone is to open up their hearts. You know, let a random guy who dresses like an ill equipped frat boy from the early 2000s come hang out with you and be a part of their lives. I have so many memories to look back on and keep myself stoked for finishing off my deployment.”
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