Public Service Announcement: Please, no brofanity in the gym.
We’ve all heard it. Those subtle comments made out of the side of someone’s mouth, serving as a simple reminder that they climb harder than you. The climbers version of the humble brag.
“Oh, that was your first v5? It felt more like a v2 to me, but nice job…”
Brofanity comes in all shapes and sizes. Whether it’s the bro spraying beta during your first time approaching a route, or the bro reminding you he flashed that problem you’ve been working on for a few weeks. In either case, the last thing you want to hear while climbing is brofanity.
And listen, we get it. There isn’t a person in the world who doesn’t struggle with personal insecurities in some form or another. And the most common way we deal with our own insecurities is through comparison. So in a sport where skill is determined by a very quantifiable rating system, comparison can be an easy thing to fall into. And that is where brofanity comes from. Brofanity is the way we unknowingly verbalize our insecurities. But why?
At the end of the day, each one of us wants to be accepted by a community of people that we value. And we think in order to be accepted by the climbing community, we have to climb at a certain level or accomplish a certain feat. So let me promise you something. At the Mountain Goat, we don’t care if you climb v1 or v11 – we think you’re awesome. You’re awesome just for coming through our doors and hanging out with us. So don’t worry so much about what people think (remember, we think you’re awesome), and you’ll discover a really freeing reality. There is a whole world of insecure people around you, and you have the opportunity to encourage them and remind them that they’re awesome.
So exchange that brofanity for encouragement, and enjoy a community of people who accept you for who you are. Let’s face challenges together, no matter our personal goals. Let’s work hard together. And let’s make sure everyone who comes to our gym, leaves feeling awesome.