For The Record

I WOULD JUST LIKE TO MAKE IT CLEAR THAT I AM A MUCH BETTER CLIMBER THAN EMPIRICAL EVIDENCE CURRENTLY SUGGESTS

Specialist Beta

What with my left hamstring and left finger injuries, I’m getting really good at working out beta that unweights my left side as much as possible. Which probably explains why I’m developing tendonitis in my right forearm….

Taking the next two weeks off! See you in August. Happy crushing.

Mental

When I first started climbing, a family friend who had been climbing for a while insisted that the real challenge of climbing was mental, not physical. I thought he was completely and utterly full of it.

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TURNS OUT HE WAS RIGHT

Tzzzaatttt!

I don’t always wear my aggressive shoes, but when I do I make lots of very interesting noises.

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Fragrant

Whenever I take new people to the gym they always ask me what that smell is. IT’S THE SMELL OF JOY, PEOPLE. LIVE WITH IT.

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Abandoned

When you travel, it’s important to make sure those you are responsible for are taken care of.

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(TBH, I’m way more worried about how I’m going to survive without climbing for a couple weeks…)

Not A Real Climber

As a plastic-pulling gym rat in Southeast Michigan who only relatively recently started leading and only rarely ventures outdoors on to real rock, I’ve often felt like I’m not a “real” climber. But you know what? I totally am, and so are you.

Warning Signs

There are certain climbers who are my canaries in a coalmine. If I see them fall on a route, I immediately pretend it doesn’t exist.

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The Crux

My project is getting taking down this week. Fortunately, routesetter Bronson was on hand to document one of my attempts last week, the results of which I reproduce here:

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