The day I solved That White V4, I attempted a different white V4 that had recently gone up in the other room.
Three moves in, I hit a wall. Or maybe a gap. The fourth move was a left hand hold 5 feet above the previous hold. I’m 5’6″. That’s a long distance.
I tried jumping, but my first few attempts landed my hand short, or too far from the wall.
I thought about the setup, and what I learned doing that OTHER white V4 earlier this year. (There is definitely a theme here.) I decided I needed to pull in with my arms, push up with my right leg, and keep pushing with my left leg.
That launched me high enough to reach the hold, but I couldn’t hang on with my full body weight and momentum swinging away from the wall. That, and my left shoulder is not super happy at the moment.
I climbed up to the elusive hold, grabbed it, and put my left foot on the hold it had launched from. I didn’t need to launch.
The next go around, I pulled in with my arms, pushed up with my right leg, and pushed up with my left leg with just enough power to boost me to the hold, but not so much that I came off.
I caught the hold, continued swinging left, and fell off.
Back to the drawing board. What was my right hand doing? Nothing. I climbed back up to the elusive hold, grabbed it with my left hand, grabbed it with my right hand, and swung. Solid.
All right, then. Everything I did before, plus put my right hand on the hold for the swing.
That did the trick.
I had the same reaction after watching this video as I did after watching the one from last week. How could something I found so difficult look so easy? Is it actually easy, or am I making it look easy?
I guess that depends on how good a climber you are.
Update 2019-01-02 @ 7:28 AM
Earlier this week I saw a guy do this with one hand and his foot on the launch. It was a good reminder that I probably could do it differently with better grip strength.
If I were super serious about this climbing thing I’d hang board and O-ring and elastistretch thing, but I’m happy to just let that develop with wall time.