The Peb­ble Wrestler

Climbing - - CRAGSTERS - TEXT AND IL­LUS­TRA­TION BY ADAM NAWROT

Hav­ing dis­tilled climb­ing into a purely kines­thetic prac­tice, the Peb­ble Wrestler in­sists that he has a unique, po­etic re­la­tion­ship with the stone, one quickly be­lied by his blue­tooth speak­ers, constant lament­ing that all sends are “in­valid salad” without “un­cut footy,” and an end­less com­pul­sion to com­pare ape in­dexes with his bros. He’ll ob­sess for years on two 6 mm crimps and pass more time star­ing at fin­ger­tip skin, fret­ting over con­di­tions, and brush­ing $30/ounce chalk off the holds than ac­tu­ally climb­ing. Un­able to af­ford ropes and bored by be­lay­ing, Peb­ble Wrestlers tend to be of the younger va­ri­ety. Although un­fazed by sleeping on crash­pads and sit-start grov­el­ing in the dirt, his pa­tience for ex­plain­ing to hik­ers why he’s car­ry­ing a “mat­tress” has drawn thin, so don’t even ask. His head might ex­plode in­side his beanie.

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