Word: Crusty (adj)
Definition: Describes an old-school climber, often a mentor-type who passes along his knowledge of the sport to young whippersnappers even though steeped in the ways and tools of the past. A crusty mentor might rock a swami belt or alpine Bod Harness, hexes and slung chocks (“None of them fancy cammy, springy things for me”), an old pair of painter’s pants or 1980s Gramicci pants, a chalkbag over the shoulder (if he even uses chalk), a Stitch plate, quickdraws made out of tied-off webbing and creaky ovals, giant prussiks, and so on. He might also climb with a cigarette in one hand and a beer in the other while threatening to chop any “convenience bolts” or “convenience anchors” he comes across at his local stomping grounds.
Note: Any climber, even a sport climber or boulderer, can become crusty after two or more decades. Crusty sport climbers go out and joylessly chuck laps on routes they have dialed while lamenting all the “new-school hangdogs” in their way, while crusty boulderers might retreat deep into the woods in search of new, remote blocs or sulk quietly at their local area, inventing nuances of permutations of contrivances of variations to problems mastered decades earlier.
Synonyms: Cruster, old dad (page 156 in the print edition of the Climbing Dictionary), trad dad