3/4/08

Stuck between a rock and a hard place

So I went on a little adventure tonight with Jammer. We decided to go rock climbing at Rock Oasis, a rock climbing facility in downtown Toronto. I, of course, was a big chicken shit. Jammer was an eager beaver as she had done some climbing at summer camp many moons ago. But I was up for a challenge! Why? Because I had chickened out from a rock climbing trip in high school because I was afraid to be the fat girl stuck on a rope that no one wanted to be paired with, that would look silly in a harness and because I'm slightly afraid of heights. Silly, I know. But I was about to make up for it all! It was good, but I let our instructor Max know I was a bit timid about heights right away. He told me I had nothing to worry about and could go as high as I felt comfortable with, which was cool. He wasn't going to force me to do anything I didn't want to do and I could go at my own pace - awesome. And I did. I went further than I thought I would. I went up three times, and so did Jammer, who is a superstar compared to this scaredy mouse. But then it was time to leave us on our own... which is when we went crashing to the ground. Looks like sweet old Max turned out to be a bit high school himself. He went and told a coworker that I had a bit of a fear and suddenly this guy was next to me and was asking me what I was so afraid of, challenging me to tie up my harness to the wall and climb the wall. WTF?! He starts going on asking me how many people have been hurt in climbing accidents in the last ten years, that I needed to get over my fear and being extremely confrontational. I couldn't see my figure eight knot straight anymore as my eyes were welling up with tears because I was angry and upset. I couldn't be calm anymore. I said I didn't deserve to be treated this way, undid my harness and walked away. So I'd like to thank Max and Jamie at Rock Oasis for making my first and last climbing experience ever so enjoyable. Max, why you felt the need to inform your coworker that I had a fear is beyond me, especially after you watched me climb three times. Jamie, why you're a prick and why you felt the need to tell me you were going to be a prick to me is just bad customer service. Offering Jammer a free climbing session for ruining our night sure was nice though, especially the note you wrote for her to come back and get that session: "I made your friend cry" I'm so glad my friend Mike recommended you guys. You're a class act.

18 comments:

Vanessa said...

WTF? That is incredibly uncool. What a couple of f*cking asshats.

Sorry you had a shitty night :(

practiceliving said...

Whaaat? That's terrible. Can you call their management and complain?

Candace said...

I hope you sent in a formal complaint to management.

Natalie said...

That's ridiculous! Did he think this was doing an army drill or something? You should file a complaint. Asshats is right!

katieo said...

That sucks. Because it sounds like it would've been a pretty fun night otherwise.

Anonymous said...

I have but one words: YOU ARE EFFING KIDDING? ME WHO IS THIS DR. PHIL WANNABE WHO THINKS THAT HIS EMPLOYMENT AT A CLIMBING GYM GIVES HIM THE RIGHT TO COUNSEL YOU THROUGH YOUR FEAR? COMPLETE AND UTTER BS - AND IT MAKES ME KIND OF SICK.

So a few more words than one but, sometimes a tirade is totally called for. This is one of those times.

Sally

meredi said...

Whoa. Stupid people who feel compelled to make themselves feel superior at every opportunity. You should definitely make a formal complaint -- they crossed a line. Ugh.

Sara said...

wow that is ridic. I would totally call their boss and complain and complain and complain!!

On a side note - that guy doesn't know what the eff he is talking about. A good friend of mine was rock climbing in BC and watched as her boyfriend fell to his death. Both very experienced. It was just the 2 of them, she then had to climb down. Can you imagine - just talking about it fucks me up, never mind living it. Doesn't matter if it is indoors or outdoors - rock climbing is some serious shit and the "instructors" and "experts" should treat it and their customers/students with the respect it/they deserve.

Sara said...

P.S. congrats on climbing that thing 3 times!!!

SweetRelief said...

Wow. As someone who shares your fear of heights, a big BRAVO goes to you for even attempting this, let alone climbing up THREE times! That's incredible.

So sorry you had to deal with such an immature shit in the end. DEFINITELY complain, that's not right.

Jen said...

Ok, I had my proud face on for you for the first half of that post and then my disgusted face for the second half...poor Mouse, I am sorry to hear that dumbass made you feel like poo...that is not cool in the worst way...you should never be forced to "face your fear"...you should have kicked him hard in the special place.

Bi0nicw0man said...

oh. my. God.

What the hell? I am with everyone else...make sure you complain to someone that's in charge!

Congrats to you for making it up there three times! Take that as your memory from this experience and just block out the rest.

Fucktards.

marie said...

That's what I don't *get*.

I went up the freakin' wall. I went up once, said I didn't want to go further the first time and the instructor said take one more rock so I did.

The next time I went up a few more.

The next wall was HIGHER and I went up EVEN further.

I don't understand WHY he felt compelled to go tell this other guy I was still fearful and WHY he felt he had to come over and cure me in a nanosecond.

I was already there to cure myself to begin with.

It's like the people who think THEY are going to be the ones to get rid of my fear of pets because their dog is the nicest or their cat is the cuddliest. It takes TIME people. Don't toss me off a bridge day one and don't get in my freakin' face to do it either.

I think THAT is what really disturbed me.

Jenn said...

Those guys suck.

Sarah said...

People are jerks. It never ceases to amaze me. That sucks that they ruined it for you!!!

Shirls said...

I say go to a different climbing centre, do it because you enjoyed it, don't let some ass take that away

Angie All The Way said...

Wow, I was half way through reading your post and I was all smiling and beaming that you conquered the fear and went up there and then POOF! Frig him and I agree with Shirls.

Smokinroundhouse said...

Wow Marie...what idiots. I don't understand how people can act like that...you should definitely file a complaint; but don't let it ruin rock climbing for you- especially since you were conquering your fear. Screw him...he's not worth it. He's just some @ss who makes himself feel better by making other people feel small, and you're above that.

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