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By Finn the Human
From The Land of Ooo
Jul 25, 2012
I think it's all about perspective, how you choose to look at climbing.

When I first started climbing harder a few years ago, I would push myself really hard and get really mad at myself when I failed. I would never throw a tantrum, but I would grumble to myself, grouch at my belayer, and generally let it ruin my day.

But then, a little over 2 years ago I was in an accident, and I was unable to climb for about a year. When I finally got back into climbing, it was an entirely different experience. First of all, after a year of zero climbing, I sucked. I was 30 pounds heavier, and totally out of shape. It was extremely frustrating to be able to read a climb, only to realize my body was incapable of doing the moves. Talk about an ego check.

I think dealing with that initial "suckage" taught me a lot of patience with climbing. Part of me just wanted to quit-because it was so damn frustrating-but another part of me wanted to keep going because I knew I would get better. I stuck with it, and when I started making progress, it was one of the most rewarding feelings I've ever experienced.

I also think that being unable to climb for so long helped me remember why I like to climb in the first place. I like to climb because it's fun, it's liberating, and it feels good to work my body hard. Somewhere along the line I lost focus, and just started pushing, pushing, pushing for harder grades. When I started climbing again I couldn't climb hard, so all that was left for me was to have fun.

Now I've been climbing for a little over a year again, and I'm climbing harder than I ever have, and enjoying it more than I ever have. I set goals for myself, and yes, I get frustrated when I fail on my redpoint attempts, but then I remind myself why I'm out there in the first place. It's to have fun and to improve myself, not to get mad and drive myself crazy.

Recently I've been climbing with a 16 year old kid I met at the gym, and the dude is a prodigy. He recently sent his first 12c on his 3rd attempt, and is projecting a few different 13's. We'll go climb and he'll send my projects after a couple tries. In years past, that would have infuriated me, but now I love it. It's super exciting to watch him improve and grow, and it gives me motivation to push myself and catch up to him (if I can... haha...)

Anyway, I realize I'm kinda rambling here, and I didn't give any specific advice for other people, but maybe someone can learn something from my experiences.

By RyanO
From sunshine
Jul 25, 2012
JLP wrote:
I think there's a ~2-3 second window after you pop off a route where you can go apeshit and it's okay. It's nearly expected and most times everyone around will be making their own little noises or laughing in unison. It's over in a couple seconds, though. Done in the time it takes to exhale, no second breath taken. Any longer and it gets awkward. This is only on an onsight or redpoint attempt that you're working hard for. It's not allowed after you've taken your first fall.

Well said.

By Mike McKinnon
From Golden, CO
Jul 26, 2012
Bunny pancake
Count Chockula wrote:
The OP must have seen me flailing around on the crux of Reefer Madness yesterday. My ego got its ass handed to it, that's for sure!

LOL. I think I saw that. Was that you Thursday night with three others who were also trying TDD?

We were looking down from the Monkey House and I was cheering you on from afar. IMO, anyone who tries hard and has fun is crushing it. It was plainly obvious you were trying hard from were I was looking from.

By Brian Adzima
From San Francisco
Sep 21, 2012
somewhere in WV
With regards to worrying about what other people think, I'd definitely recommend taking a look at "Nine out of ten climbers make the same mistake." One of the points was that climbers are usually focused and very seldom pay any attention to people climbing easier routes. Consequently, unless you are screaming obscenities people aren't even noticing you.


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