Cragsters: Meet the Gumby

Presenting Cragsters, a series of illustrations and descriptions by Adam Nawrot of climber-types. Cut ’em out, collect ’em, laugh, cry, or rage—just remember, don’t judge, because we’ve all been one type of Cragster or another.
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The Gumby.

The Gumby.

The Gumby picked up climbing after scoring a sweet Groupon deal. His new Facebook profile pic—a butt shot of him gym-toproping—has elicited comments from concerned aunts, as well as a “You’re just as crazy as I was at your age” from Uncle Benny. On any given night, you’ll catch the Gumby walking out of the bathroom in rental shoes, wearing a harness in the bouldering cave, and offering big-voiced beta to his timid Tinder match on their first date. Although he and a few fellow Gumbies have planned to visit the “Real Cliffs” for months, the only rope owner keeps flaking—literally. He started uncoiling his rope a week ago, and still can’t get the figure 8 knot out of the middle. All the while, the Gumby is losing steam as the middle-school team flashes his projects. No bother: The Gumby is ready for his next big challenge: SCUBA with sharks!

Dreams of

  • Netflix & chilling
  • Lead certification
  • Whitewater-rafting bachelor party
  • Finally pulling the trigger on a set of quickdraws 

Stomping Grounds

  • Brooklyn, New York
  • Miami, Florida
  • Bay Area, California


  • Spin class
  • Belay test (and re-test, and re-test … )
  • Paleo diet
  • Meal-prep Sundays
  • Stopper knot
  • Membership
  • Leg day
  • Toprope
  • Double dyno
  • Figure four

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