Blind Date: Can Carter and Abbey climb their way to a connection?

Blind Date: Can Carter and Abbey climb their way to a connection?
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It’s time for another installment of our popular Blind Date series.

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  • Editor’s note: Responses have been edited lightly for length and clarity.

Recently, we paired Carter and Abbey.

First, let’s meet Carter:

  • He describes himself as “athletic, adventurous and career-driven.” (The skydiving seems on-brand.)
  • He’s looking for someone who’s passionate about something, whether that’s their job, a hobby, a sport, or a charitable cause.

Then there’s Abbey.

  • A friend submitted her for Blind Date.
  • She described Abbey as “adventurous and loyal” noting that she “pursues fitness diligently.”
  • Abbey’s looking for someone who “has a sense of purpose, values fitness and loves the outdoors.”

These two fitness-loving, passionate people seemed like a match. We decided to play into their adventurous sides and send them rock climbing at Inner Peaks.

Here’s how it went.

How do you typically meet your dates?

Carter: Usually either out and about or through friends.

Abbey: Lately it’s been more through the dating apps.

  • Though in the past I’ve gone on dates through mutual friends.

What was your date like?

Carter: We went to Inner Peaks, which is an indoor climbing gym.

  • It was a lot of fun!
  • It’s a little bit different than just going to grab drinks or something.

Abbey: We went to Inner Peaks and did rock climbing.

  • I hadn’t done that in a really long time, so I was a little nervous!

On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate your conversation?

Carter: I’d say a seven.

  • She was easy to talk to.
  • We have a similar lifestyle and similar jobs.
  • It was easy to find common ground and things to talk about.

Abbey: I’d say it was probably a seven.

  • We sat and talked for a bit after we were done climbing.
  • I’d say we had similar interests, but overall we didn’t have a ton in common.
  • We stuck more to broad topics.

On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate your chemistry?

Carter: I’d say a six or a seven.

  • It’s always hard to tell the first time you hang out with somebody.

Abbey: I’d probably rate it a six.

  • He was really easy to talk to.
  • The conversation flowed.
  • But I definitely felt it was more of a friendly connection.

On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate the date overall?

Carter: I’d say a seven, and that’s being conservative.

  • She was easy to talk to.
  • I think we both enjoyed the activity.

Abbey: I think I’d rate it a six.

  • The rock climbing was definitely fun, even though I was nervous!
  • The downside was that it didn’t lend itself to a ton of time spent talking and getting to know each other.

What’s next? How did you leave it?

Carter: We exchanged information and talked about seeing each other again.

  • We left it kind of open-ended, so we’ll see.

Abbey: We exchanged numbers at the end.

  • I got the feeling that we were both like, “Hey, this was a fun time and it was nice to meet you” but that was pretty much where it ended.

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