With my first post I figured I would probably be best describing the connections between the two sports at least how I see it and what draws me into both of these.
The first and my obvious connection is of course chains. Clipping chains on the end of a hard climbing route is such a satisfying experience at the end of the journey. Similarly the sound of a disc hitting the chains on the basket is such a satisfying sound and way to end a hole.
It is rare to find two groups with such and open and inviting community. The very fact that you do that same activity as other people gets you an invite into two incredible communities. Within such a short time in both sports I have found so many connections and new friends. These two tribes are full of amazing people with a wealth of knowledge, and are willing to share their experience with you. Even if there is a significant skills gap they are willing to share the course, or rocks with you and provide advice and encouragement.
If you are ever looking for a good time both groups can put together a pretty good party. Climbing festivals are always a blast to go to. They are a sort of tribal meeting, there is not necessarily a lot of climbing that gets done at these events but you get to meet some great people, eat great food, play some games and experience the general antics of the group.
In disc golf it is a little bit different. At a disc golf tournaments there is a ton of disc golf played, and definitely is a competitive environment. However, they have equally good food people and antics going on. It’s a toss up on who has more booze flowing.
Whether it’s a 172 Lucid Sheriff or a 000 x4 we love to talk about gear, discs, packs, jackets clothes, baskets. We all have totes full of all of extras, have our favorite disc or piece of gear we carry with us all of the time even if there is no need for it on that particular course or route. I’ve had 40 minute conversations with complete strangers about different discs, most of which I’d never heard of, and had similar conversation about all of the gear I would need for a particular route and where to use it.
I own about 3 different packs for each sport as well, not only do we have lots of gear we have special gear for carrying that gear. Big packs, small packs, and in between.
I have not met anyone any either of these environments that does not want to increase their skills and develop themselves further. Both sports have infinite ceilings. You can always improve and get better and I love that possibility.
Just some initial thoughts for the connection between the two let me know what you think. Thanks.