Climbing with a significant other can be a hugely rewarding and supremely challenging experience. It builds trust like no other shared activity (you literally have your partner’s life in your hands on a regular basis!), but also comes fraught with challenges of figuring out how to best push and support each other on the wall. From arguments over who puts up the draws to sharing the joy of a couple’s send, we asked Courtney Woods to share her experience as a climber alongside husband Daniel Woods.
CXC: How have you influenced each other in climbing and life in general?
CW: We’ve known each other for 7 years now. Honestly, I can’t recall what it was like before. We just coexist. The hardest part is that we’re both really driven and sometimes that doesn’t always flow in the same direction. However, the positive aspect is that we always support each other in whatever goals we’re wanting to achieve without limits on each other’s freedom.
CXC: Do you mostly climb together or with other partners?
CW: It’s pretty even I would say. I think if we did the same thing everyday we would go a little crazy, and if we’re in the same area we climb together. Sometimes, even on trips, we’ll take days to climb with other people. We like to think of ourselves living a single life but with the support and love from each other that you get from a significant other…
CXC: Can you recall an instance when non-climbing relationship issues came up while climbing together? How do you handle these situations as a couple?
CW: They tend to come up at the crag if we’re having a bad climbing day. Then all the issues just come out at once in a horribly tactless way. 😉
CXC: What’s the best thing about being a “climbing couple”? What’s the worst thing?
CW: Best thing: always have a climbing partner. Worst thing: arguing about who’s gonna get to go first. 😉
CXC: What do you like to do for fun besides climbing?
CW: I do yoga everyday, spend time with friends, see music, I’m learning to play the guitar, snowboard, and education in random forms here and there.
CXC: Where do you see yourselves in 25 years? 50 years?
CW: I’m still trying to see what my life is going to be in a year!! Ideally, I would still be pursing my career, maybe a family, speaking 3 languages, still traveling around… honestly I hope not much changes other than to make a bit more money.
Thank you Courtney for so openly chatting with us. Here’s to decades of strong climbing, tackless arguments, and lots of love!
All photos from Courtney’s Instagram