Personal: Lives in San Antonio, TX 78254, Male
Favorite Climbs: none specified
Other Interests: none specified
Personal/Favorite web site: none specified
Likes to climb: Trad, Sport, Gym climbs
|Sport: ||Leads 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b ||Follows 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a|
I am a big dude for climbing. A broad chested 6 foot+ tall. I noticed a lot of climbing people will weigh in at 70 to 100 lbs less than me. Didn't stop me from enjoying the sport with some awesome people, and a few really good belayers made me feel safe enough to climb some awesome rock.
At my most fit, I weighed 212, and was doing easy multi pitch on a route that was mostly 5.7 with one fairly safe 5.10 move on it.
Got freaked out one day when I knocked a loose rock with the rope, and someone got glanced by it. No injury, but it really hit home how easy it is to create an accident. Then a few months later I fell on a taught rope doing training lead. I was mildly injured. I landed across my mid section, really tweaked up a valve on my stomach. I saw a doctor, who recommended I let it heal naturally, then nearly two years it took, to get over the acid reflux issues. This time in my life, I felt it was a good idea to take a "break" from climbing. That fall occured in March of 2006.
Now ten years later, the rock is calling me, but in a much more casual and peaceful way. Time to start over, and working on my strength and endurance training, and will begin climbing classes again in March 2016. I will be learning everything again, only better, because I think my biggest reason for leaving was a lack of confidence in my ability, resulting from my own shortcutting of proper training.
I have learned that education is more important than muscle, which is kind of the opposite of how I thought back then. Now, older, more cautious, and a little wiser, I am really Looking forward to the new beginning, done properly.
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