Balance and Tension

Today in the bouldering room was a climber I’d never seen before. She made up her own routes and used only the most difficult holds. I watched her push and pull and shift her body as if it were a fluid, maintaining balance and tension the entire time.

I introduced myself and asked what goes through her head as she’s climbing.

“Don’t fall.”

It was kind of hilarious. At the same time, it made perfect sense.

After our conversation, I re-attempted a V4 that had been giving me trouble. With balance and tension in mind, I shifted my body farther than I’d previously been comfortable with and completed a move I didn’t think was possible just a couple days prior.

Another check for surround-yourself-with-people-better-than-you.

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