Look Down, Not Up

I woke up super early this morning to spend the day climbing at Mt. Diablo. This was an REI outing, which meant they provided a guide and all the hardware. All I had to do was show up with my shoes and harness. (They also provided those, but that’s the climbing equivalent of hockey skates and a stick, or mountain biking pedals and a seat. You’re much better off using your own.)

I signed up for this because outdoor climbing is to indoor what mountain biking is to road. Or ice hockey is to roller? (That second one is a total guess because I’ve never played roller hockey.) IMO it requires more effort, more skill, more care, more thinking.

It also rendered me unable to unlock my phone with my fingerprint. But that’s not why I’m writing this post.

I’m writing this post because our guide gave us a good tip in the form of a sticky mantra: Look down, not up. Your feet placement is so much more important than your hands. Especially on slabs.

I’ll have to remember this at the gym this week.

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