There is significant disagreement amongst those in the climbing world regarding whether you should date your climbing partner or if conversely, you should climb with your significant other. But no matter where you land in this great debate, most of us can agree that many of the qualities that make a great personal relationship also make a great climbing relationship. So whether you’re looking for a platonic climbing buddy, a “part-time lover, full-time belay” situation, or the perfect all-around person to clip into for life, these are qualities you should add to your checklist when searching for your climbing comrade.

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