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Climbing Journal

Bouldering with my betters

Saturday afternoon at the Circuit NE turned into a lesson in what I am capable of when pushed by others. At the start of the session I bumped into a group of strong climbers that I had bouldered with before. After warming up and then thrutching my way through an awkward V5 we went over to try a newly set V7. From the outset it looked very possible. Moderately steep with positive holds and a fairly obvious sequence. Two of the climbers I was with flashed it and I took that as a sign that it should be at least possible for me. It took me a half dozen tries but with a little perserverance and some encouragement I managed to top it out. My second V7 and a positive mental boost after my back problems of the last month. It certainly feels like mixing in weight sessions along with my climbing is paying off.

Training with climbers that are stronger than I am is also helping. Seeing their sequences and body positions helps me learn things that I didn’t realise that I didn’t know and exposes areas of technique that I have to work on if I am going to improve.

Weight: 188 lbs