I came across this excellent video earlier today- 12 signs being lady-like isn’t your forte.
I laughed SO HARD because every last one of them was me to a T (well, I like to think I have better dance moves). And I think truth be told, the same holds true for a lot of climber chicks.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I don’t have any problems being a woman and even a little bit girlie at the crag. For instance, I love to wear color-coordinated outfits to climb in. My husband teases me relentlessly that I pick gear primarily based on its color (and to a certain extent, this is true, just check out my Pinterest Gear page.) I have more outerwear and technical clothing than anyONE person should own, because, well sometimes the color is important. I like to giggle and tell dirty jokes with my girlfriends while we climb. I love being strong, kicking ass and looking good while doing it. And just in case there was any question, here is proof of my ‘Climber Babe’ status, courtesy of PNW Climber Babes.
But just because I’m a babe, doesn’t mean I’m a lady. I often joke that I was absent that day in school where they pulled the girls aside and taught them how to do things like hair and make-up. I can’t put eyeliner on evenly to save my life. I can do exactly two hair-styles- brush it out and leave it down or put it in a pony-tail. Three, if you count covering up my helmet hair with a trucker hat. Mani-pedi? Why would I even waste the money? My nails are so short and ragged from climbing & being stuffed in climbing shoes that a trip to salon would be a total exercise in futility. And high-heels? Fuggitabbotit!
Personally, I take a bit of perverse pleasure in bucking the norm. I’ve always admired raucous women like Mae West because well, they get to have all the fun! And as Laurel Thatcher Ullrich said, “Well-behaved women seldom make history.”
Climber chicks- do you have a hard time being lady-like?