Meet the contemporary fashionista with a passion for climbing.
LIFE OF A GENT
An original series exploring distinct gentleman in contemporary society.
Soft, powdery chalk envelops the entire flooring of the Arch Project Climbing Center; a place where many take on the new and exciting activity of climbing a plethora of paths carved across a 2,000 sqft climbing surface. Inventive individuals take their physical prowess to the test in creative and fulfilling approaches to the climb. A purveyor of his new-found passion of indoor rock climbing (bouldering), Gray Goodhue embodies a true gentleman that has set himself to succeed in a challenging atmosphere. A former practitioner of Kajukenbo (a portmanteau of Karate, Judo, Jujutsu, Kenpo, and Boxing), Gray’s deep roots in martial arts allowed him the physical prowess that many admire and revere in him. Clad in contemporary clothing, Gray is a master at combining wardrobes of dissimilar styles while still paying strong homage to the zeitgeist of men’s dress. A perplexing individual with a strong conviction to his beliefs, Gray exhibits an inspirational disposition of confidence that others admire.
Credence in one’s capabilities is an extremely paramount factor in accomplishing one’s goals, but learning that your notable skills are not as relevant in a new endeavor is extremely humbling. Facing bouldering for the first time was a grueling escapade that forced Gray to look internally for the willpower to endure the difficulties of developing an unfamiliar climbing adroitness. Acknowledgement of his personal fortitude and his exceptional dexterity had Gray going into climbing from a predisposed place of competence. In hindsight, Gray quickly learned the fallacy of his misunderstandings after failed attempts through the pathways that were exceedingly difficult. “The first day I thought it was all about strength. I was totally wrong. There are so many techniques involved in bouldering such as smooth transitions and the ability to minimize wasted energy” Grey explains. After pensive practice, Gray eventually understood the importance of an open mind which was a turning point in understanding that the most pivotal attribute needed to succeed was a nonpartisan approach to fresh endeavors. Having an extremely fortified mindset towards accomplishing the new-found obstacles he faced in bouldering, Gray showed impeccable ascendancy to sovereignty over his limitations, and has expanded his mindset to succeed in this new craft. The supposition he once had towards his own abilities had to be superseded by an indomitable willpower, and Gray exemplifies this trait through the accomplishments he has seen in bouldering.
Bouldering inevitably caused Gray to become part of a community that valued equivalently powerful mindsets towards the accomplishment of their goals. Gray stressed the importance of the community in bouldering, with various individuals often advising and mentoring others in maximizing their potential and offering tips to further their technique. By having other individuals who were willing to share their modus operandi to finishing their routes, Gray found an expedited pathway to improving his competence at his new expertise. Social interaction allowed Gray to feel part of a faction of individuals whom shared homogenous interests and corresponding positive mindsets that were impactful in Gray’s astute progress.
When asked to explain his definition of a gentleman, Gray speaks from a position of authoritative experience. “A gentleman shows maturity in the respect he has for others. He also feels good about himself and is confident in his ability to affect others in a positive way” Gray explains. An individual who is able to elucidate clearly the traits of a gentleman, Gray is enamored with the idea of dressing for success. Known for his stylish everyday attire, Gray is not afraid to push the bounds of men’s fashion while still keeping it appropriate for the situation at hand. Making divergent adjustments that exude his idiosyncratic methodology to individuality, he is never faulted for being overly ostentatious in his attire. A classy man in every sense of the word, Gray always portrays an impeccably dressed, well-mannered individual that has a deep yearning for prosperity in all that he does.
Having the fearlessness to pursue a new endeavor utterly and without hesitation is a true mark of a gentleman that is ready to find his life’s avocation. Making the transition from proficient martial artist to dexterous bouldering practitioner has allowed Grey a new perspective on the viability of pursuing new aspirations. The Minimalistic Gent, therefore, recognizes Gray Goodhue as a true purveyor of the gentleman lifestyle and can not wait to hear of his accomplishments in the world of bouldering. Having a cultivated willingness to engage in unconventional activities of fulfillment are the marks of a modern gentleman, and Gray has put himself in a substantial position to eventually become a virtuoso at his new craft.