The Adversity of a Climbing Project

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Masken at Galgeberget in Bohuslän.

In the springtime the crags dry up, and it is time to pull the climbing project out of you head and materialize it whith your body. That is; get out there and reherse it again.

You might dream about placements of your camming device, or a move, sequenses … and the crux … that damned crux, where you keep falling. This time you will do it. The route will be sent. And done.

But what if you don’t do it?

All climbers are different, and many of us think its totally ok to hang there in the rope and shoute out loud «lower me down, I can’t do this» when the going gets tough. But you might also stick with it and try to fight through the adversities – try to find smarter solutions or just rehurse until you get stronger and actually do the move, which might take days and weeks (with rests in between of course).

You then have an inner motivation that drivers you out weekend after weekend the whole season through, until bad weather puts your effort to an intermediate hold.

It is a representation of your dream of representing yourself, which you put a lot of effort in materializing. It has a greater value than to actually climb the route.

So what if you think that you will fail to do the route? This is worth a reflection. And it is difficult to manouver through that thought prosess. To weigh ambition up against achievement. Results up against effort.

Having a project is a nice thing because you learn to know yourself better. When you try the route the 100th time – what goes through your head? Discouragement? Tiredness? How do you motivate yourself again and again and perform at your best?

The project has no (immediate) experiaton date. It is a representation of your dream of representing yourself, which you put a lot of effort in materializing. It has a greater value than to actually climb the route. That is a good motivation to still do your best, when you fail again at the 100th try.

You might think: I need more concrete tips on this. Well here is a list:

  • Check that you have the best solutions to all sequences
  • Visualize every sequence one time every day
  • When you are having a go, check your rope, equipment and the knot
  • Check your belayers device and that is properly secured
  • Check your climbing shoes and your chalk bag
  • Before you start, repeate in your mind: «I like this route, I look forward to climb on it, I feel strong.»
  • Expect only to do your best, not to do the route.
  • When you are ready to go, empty your head as much as you can.
  • Try to enjoy the moves.
  • If you fall, think about all the right things you did up to that point.
  • If you fall, rest for a short while, and do the route to the top. Do not lower down.
  • When you leave the crag, focus on all the fun parts of the route.

And else? Well, if you get stuck for too long, take a brake. Climb easy stuff for a while. Maybe you can find another project that you can do much faster. This project might have other types of holds or a different angle. This will clear your head and catapult you back to your nemesis.

Most importantly; Enjoy the process.

Starting to climb? Here you can find the equipment you need.

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