I first met @colepaiement while climbing at @hangar18southbay a few years back while I was desperately trying to learn how to trad climb. At first glance he was an obviously bold, dedicated, and strong climber that could clearly teach me a lot.
Leading up to that time, I had been searching for a trad mentor for the better part of a year. Plenty of promises with none of them going through led me to purchasing a single rack. I spent time reading books, watching videos, and practicing plugging gear before going out and teaching myself the old fashioned way. After leading my first trad climb, having never followed, I was felt ok, but knew I was in need of some hands on Instruction if I wanted to be truly safe and efficient. •
Fast forward a week or two and throw a little fate into the mix. Coles climbing partner was coming out of shoulder surgery, thus giving me the chance to squeeze in and get a chance to learn as much as I could in the recovery period. •
Bravery is contagious, especially when it’s from a source you trust. I have so much to thank Cole for in my climbing and mentality towards it, and even more to thank him for the knowledge and insight he shared. However I have to thank him most for being one of the truest and most amazing friends I’ve come to know. •
Here he is whipping like a true #ninja on a climb he couldn’t stand, on a style he knew to be a weakness, and still attacking with absolute dedication and determination. It sometime feels surreal to have an idol become a friend, especially when they are this good at #kungfukicks