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Building Motivation Through Lists - Ryan Olson

 
Building Motivation Through Lists - Ryan Olson
 
July 18, 2011 -  Ryan Olson    
 

I climb for a lot of reasons, but one particularly big one for me is the feeling of accomplishment I get when topping out a project. While I'd like to say that this happens most days I go climbing, the truth is that my bouldering sessions can be a little distracted. I love the lazy days out climbing with friends, repeating problems and messing around, but I also like challenging myself in new ways. Lately I've felt that my sessions could use more focus, so I've started using lists to try to create that focus.

 

I climb for a lot of reasons, but one particularly big one for me is the feeling of accomplishment I get when topping out a project. While I'd like to say that this happens most days I go climbing, the truth is that my bouldering sessions can be a little distracted. I love the lazy days out climbing with friends, repeating problems and messing around, but I also like challenging myself in new ways. Lately I've felt that my sessions could use more focus, so I've started using lists to try to create that focus.

A new website called Sendage.com has recently done a lot to improve the climbing ticklist experience. It was created by a good friend of mine, Jamie Chong, to help all climbers build motivation and share their excitement for the sport we love. It is supper easy to sign up and get started. As you build tick lists, you can see photos, videos, and beta of all the problems you want to send. You can check out who else has done the problems, and you can view their entire sendlists to get ideas on what to try next. As you tick off the climbs on you lists, you can view your progress and optionally let your friends know through facebook. One cool part about the site is that it has something for everyone - you don't have to be climbing V15 to get motivation and value. The more people that join, the better the experience gets, so try it out!

One of the lists I'm focusing on now is the "Squamish top 100." You can check out my progress here. The list goes from V0 to V14 and is full of great problems. The other day, I rolled into Squamish armed with a printout of a Sendage list. It was one of the most focused sessions I've had in a while. I managed to tick off 8 new problems, bringing my total up to 59/100. I got a lot of climbing in and it felt good. I'm hoping to have at least a few more days like that this summer.

If you give Sendage a try, let me know what you think in the comments! I hope everyone is having a great summer and is finding unique ways to build climbing psyche!

 

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