Climbing - - THE APPROACH -

rap bat­tle

Re. “Rap­pelling: The Most Ex­tremest Sport” ( climb­ing.com/ex­tremer­aps). This ar­ti­cle serves as a re­minder that as a climber in my early for­ties, I am older than your tar­get au­di­ence. I re­al­ize the ar­ti­cle is pok­ing fun at a younger set who only rap­pel and do not climb, but I think that any new­bie to climb­ing or rap­pelling could mis­in­ter­pret this ar­ti­cle as en­cour­age­ment to adopt risky be­hav­iors. Climb­ing Mag­a­zine has posted in­struc­tional ar­ti­cles on safe rap­pelling in the past, and I hope you con­tinue to pro­mote safe prac­tices. —Beth San­toro, via email

bee care­ful

I was set­ting an an­chor atop Bob­sled

ding (5.7) at the Red River Gorge. A young man was climb­ing above me on

Pogue Ethics (5.9) and yelled down to his be­layer, “This hold has a ‘T’ on it— what does that mean?” The be­layer yelled back that it was prob­a­bly an “X” and he shouldn’t use it. The climber in­sisted it was a “T,” and he was go­ing to use it. A few sec­onds later, the climber yelled, “Ow! A bee stung me.” I called out, “That’s what the T is for.” I paused, while ev­ery­one tried to fig­ure out what I meant, be­fore con­tin­u­ing, “Bees can’t spell!” —Rick In­hat, via email

pro­nouns mat­ter

I read the pro­file on Jamie Lo­gan ( climb­ing.com/tran­si­tions) and en­joyed it. As a trans­gen­der climber, this is my first time even know­ing about another trans­gen­der climber, much less one so dec­o­rated. But I take is­sue with the way Jamie is gen­dered. Through­out, you re­fer to Jamie as “he” be­fore her tran­si­tion. How­ever, most in the trans­gen­der com­mu­nity pre­fer to be called by their cor­rect pro­nouns even if you’re talk­ing about them pre-tran­si­tion. Not do­ing so can re­in­force the idea that she is re­ally a he, which plays into trans­pho­bia. —Ai­dan Dahler, via email

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