USA (Rumney, Red River, Obed, Hueco, Horse Pens, Horseshoe Canyon, Red Rock, Joshua Tree, Yosemite) AUT (Zillertal) I (Dolomites) NZ (Castle Rock...), G (Kalymnos) T (Geyikbayiri)
Hopefully many more to come
Pictures and Videos Climbing and Hiking in Yosemite Valley (Yosemite Falls Hike, Nut Cracker Trad Climb)
Oh it's so easy to complain, to point the fingers on things that just didn't go to your favor. Now, this might sound a little extreme to some, or just like the right kick to others.
You don't really want. No, you don't really want to be happy. You don't really want to change. You don't really want to win. You don't really want to reach your goal, stop smoking, loose weight, save money, be healthy, or whatever it is, that you seem to struggle with or make you unhappy.
You don't really want it.
If you do, stop reading this and start acting! I like to say "you always just talk talk talk, you never walk the walk". People talk too much, they don't walk the walk enough. I can understand, as talking is sooooo so sooo much more comfortable. You can talk while you are sitting and lying in your bed and eating your favorite chips while watching some brain damaging show, that teaches you and your children how important Gucci and Co. are.
You want something, you better go and earn it. You gotta diserve it girl (or boy)! Whatever it is that you are searching for or want to achieve, it wouldn't be so amazing if it wouldn't come with some challenge, commitment, diszipline that you have to put down on the table.
Show and proof to yourself how BAD YOU REALLY WANT IT!!
In my case, I want AND WILL lead climb my 5.10's in trad this year. I promise that to myself. This is about growing as a person, getting out of your comfort zone, really wanting something. If you really want something, this will fire your energy and motivation and whatever it is that you need to fire to get you where you want to be.
So you are feeling low, no where to go? No idea what to do? Try things, find something that inspires you. You got to put your best effort in it and I guarantee, you will find something that you really want and work towards it.
I really want to climb The Nose on El Cap in one years time. For some this might be "just" aid climbing, but for me, this is a whole another step up. Having to haul and aid up 1.000 meters day after day after day? That requires commitment and preparation.
At his point I have been climbing for 3 years. My husband and I moved to Yosemite 3 months ago where we started trad climbing at the same time. I might be comfortable leading a 5.8 trad, maybe even 5.9, my husband has been very protective towards me in this way. But now it's time to step it up!
And yes, I really want that and there is just one think stopping me from this achievement: me. And I certainly wont let that happen. Rock ON! Woohoo!
Caleb and I made it our project to climb The Nose, El Capitan, in Winter 2015/2016.
The only thing that stops us is our self!
dude, we did it, been blessed, moved close to Yosemite National Park. Check out picture here:
I have never become stronger then in the last couple months of climbing. The secret, nothing new: rest!
As I am learning more and more about the body, my body in particular, and its ways, I have finally come to the understanding of the importance of resting. When you train, your muscle fibers tear. If you keep training with no rest, they will not have the needed time to recover, rebuilt and get stronger. In fact, you will plateau or regress. Of course there is always those exceptions in life. Those that we all hate that can do just about anything, anytime. But we should not hate. We should be inspired and rethink our ways. Keep thinking out of the box. There is so much more to discover. For me personally, having the right amount of rest has helped me more then continuously training 5 days straight. If you keep wanting to taring like this, at least alternate the muscles you are working of course.
Keep trying things, keep getting out of your comfort zones!
I was climbing this more difficult route once. It required more technique and strong mind, then strength. So at one point while lead climbing this route, I got super nervous. I started grabbing the holds on a different and easier route just next to it as I started totally freaking out and allowed myself to cheat. I finished the climb on the easier route and then got lowered down by my partner.
Back down on the ground my partner gave me a good lesson, which I fully understood only when I came back next time to climb. He said "You should start to fully commit to the things you decide to do. You either go or do not go. Dont be half ass about things. Commit a 100%!"
These words got burned deep in my soul. The next time I came back to the gym to climb the same route, I did not gave up climbing it. I thought very deeply about my partners words from last time and then started the climb. I fall at least three times. But I kept climbing it and did not change to the easier route as a help. Somehow I managed to get to the top. Even thought I might not have climbed the route in one go, I was still very proud and super thankful for my partners advice and support. Also, every time I go run (which is really super duper hard for me to be motivated about, but slowly becomes easier), I always have to shout out these words "COMMIT! 100%! No messing around! Yes or No!" This pushes my energy level and keeps me going. Specially when the running path goes a little steep up. Every time, when I get close to stop and take a break I keep pushing myself with these words. So far, it always kept me going.
This, once more, proves to me, how important the right mind set is. If you want, you will get it. Just believe it.
...in September 2011 and its been a great experience so far. I train hard to progress, but it ain't easy. Though, everything becomes much easier when you are passionate about something.... and with the right motivating partner.
I was trying to research about girls, who just started climbing in the mid-late twenties, girls like me, but couldn't find much. In fact, couldn't find any at all. I would only find girls that are training on a professional basis or older veteran women. I was looking for some inspiration and motivation from girls being in a similar situation like me and how the conquer difficulties in climbing and how they keep pushing their limits.
So here I make a start and am sharing my experience from the very beginning on with you guys. Hopefully it will be of any help for anyone out there.
First of all I want you to know a little more about myself. I am not a 10 year old little miracle super strong and naturally talented girl. Well, I do think I have a talent of learning things quite fast, but I think its the will power, that makes you either progress or fail. I'm not super strong or super athletic or have been doing some kind of sports for ages. Most of my full times jobs where office jobs, so walking to the copy machine once in a while would be the most movement I'd do. Around May 2011 I started joining the gym and would go 2-3 times a week for an hour. In September I gave climbing a change and it captured me ever since.
So, the facts: It's 23th of March, 2012. I started to climb September 2011. I am 180 cm tall (about 5,9 ft) and weight about 66 kilos. I'm just an average girl, passionate about doing things and exploring the world and what else god gave us. Exciting and challenging things, that keeps your horizon growing.
At the beginning I would do all the same mistakes, that every beginner do in climbing. Still do sometimes. Pull myself up with my arms, not think about my feet placement and hang there like soft nudle. At least I always stay in control and never loos my cool.... well most of the times.
So here is the thing, that got me very lucky in progressing very fast in my technique of climbing. My lovely partner, that has a few years of experience on his shoulders. "Duh, lucky" you might think. And yes, I feel blessed. But the best teacher is worth nothing, if you don't have the right attitude, the willpower, the motivation and most basic of all of course, the interest. Also surrounding yourself with inspiring people, as in strong and positive climbers, keeps your motivation level up. I believe climbing is something very specific. In term of, you are either crazy about it, or you dont care. Yes, there might be those people that go occasionally climbing or try it onces or twice. But its either you climb, or you dont. Everything in between is a waste of time and money. You cant be half hearted about it.
.. to be continued.