In the dark ages before this blog, there was a period during which I top rope climbed every weekend. During the week, I’d try bouldering.
Try bouldering, not go bouldering. I could never get over the fear of falling off the wall.
Now, I go bouldering. I’ve been visiting my gym in the morning, before work. There are two bouldering rooms. On my first visit, I did all the V0s in the one of the rooms. The next time, I did them all in the other room. Then, I did all the V1s in that room. Today, I did all the V1s in the first room.
I finished with a V2, for a preview of my next session. It was easy. I was pleased and a little surprised.
What changed? I think the biggest thing was one of the technique videos I watched earlier this month about keeping my arms straight to conserve energy. It not only allows me to stay fresher on the wall, it also lowers my center of gravity and helps me stick better.
I’ve also started reading a book on climbing technique. The first chapter was all about balance and center of gravity. Today I used those concepts to analyze each problem before attempting it.
I’m getting better at analyzing bouldering problems. Before, I only looked at hand holds. Now, I consider the full set of hand and foot holds, as well as body position relative to balance and stability. I’m not yet at the point of being able to visualize moves, but that’s next on the list.
Climbing: Fun physical puzzles. Stoked to be doing this again.