I recently went in search of a great climbing partner. This is actually quite a challenging thing to find. Yes, having a partner who knows how to spot and/or belay is critical, but there are some other characteristics that really go a long way in making a great partner.
While recently climbing with a friend on a project that has not yet been climbed, I was offering a power spot - this is when you provide a little extra support in direction of the movement so a move that was impossible becomes possible. This exponentially increases a sense if possibility and positivity about the potential success.
In a conversation with a climbing acquaintance the other day, we were both lamenting how hard it was to find a good partner... acknowledging there is something to having your significant other as your partner. The more we discussed, the more I came to understand, it's not the "partner" part, not even sure it is the trust that is usually a part of the relationship thing. It's that a great partner is as bought into your success as you are part, maybe even more so.
Climbing in RMNP with the amazing energy of Michelle was pretty close to the above. She's got the energizer bunny energy that doesn't like to stop and that is definitely the kind of juice that keeps me working outside my comfort zone. Outside the comfort zone is the only way to get better. I climbed longer, on harder things and higher things. I was definitely outside my comfort zone in the comfort of a friend's belief in me.