You know what it’s like; you get down to the local bouldering wall, and it’s jammed full of the usual mix of students, bohemians, freakish spidermen/women and newbies. It’s a nice mix.
And then there’s you, the recreational boulderer; the one quietly climbing away in the corner of the room, getting better with each problem you solve and always observing eyes-open the often bizarre and always entertaining soap opera that is the bouldering universe.
You can’t help but hear some things as you’re dangling off a wall, catch a couple comical classics out the corner of your eye or become absolutely bewildered by some of the sights you see.
Here are a few examples of what we’re talking about; five folk you’re guaranteed to come across whenever you hit the bouldering local: