Hey, where is everyone? Hands too sore from climbing to type i hope. ;)
Had two more great sessions! My grip has really improved since my weeks off!!!!
On Wed, i finally figured out the 'sandbagger' 10a (more like a 10c!) that we battled and failed on for weeks... Also did another 10b much more smoothly than ever.
Today was 'endurance day', so did mostly laps (flew up a 5.7 5x, i think i was faster each lap, and could have kept going and going...guess it was too easy..!) Also tried another 10a that was previously very difficult to complete and gave us lots of grief.
It's really weird how easy something becomes once you have the right skills!
This 10a has relatively few handholds, and almost all are small or awkward..plus previously, it seemed like several of the maneuvers were nearly dynos, or 'big reaches' at the very least.
Today, it was an absolute cinch. I just stood and reached, and whammo, hit each hold. I actually stopped halfway because i was doubting how *easy* it was, and doubted myself for a move, because i recall how miserable it was to try and do, and i just stopped..!! (This after easing my way up, which was a cinch. I even found an easier way to start the climb, which previously was a dyno too!)
I got back on the wall, and made the move, no prob. The handhold felt a lot more solid than it ever had, and i completed the climb with nary a problem.
It's bizarre how *easy* it's become. I half wonder how it ever could have been a concern...?!!
But, it comes down to grip. My grip now is a LOT better. I can hold those awkward little buggers much more easily, and for longer, and my balance and form are vastly improved as well, which translates in me having to depend much less on what i'm holding onto...
So a bit of a breakthrough this week.
I did a bunch more laps on 5.8's (i think i'll have to do these on 5.9's from now on..) and then went bouldering. Made some progress on one wall that had been tough.
Closed with the cave, did the 'pink' route very smoothly, and another person there did it backwards (ie, climbed 'down'), and i followed suit, pretty cool doing that, i wouldn't have thought i'd be strong enough, but it was almost easier than climbing up..!
Found my next cave route to work on....lots more fun for next week!!
Oh, and spent a record 3.5hrs at the gym too, holy crap..!
Thanks for reading Dave's Climbing Log...haha