Last weekend I traveled to Seattle, WA to teach a PCI-operated clinic with Kevin Jorgeson and Steven Jeffery. I had never worked with PCI before so I did not know what to expect. I was impressed by their managerial and operating skills and I had a great time getting to know Kevin and Steven in the process.
Our clinic was held at Stone Gardens Climbing Center in Bellevue, Washington. The gym was in an impressive facility, constructed by Walltopia. The interior was clean and quite large, and there were a wide variety of wall angles, an extensive hold collection, and friendly employees operating the gym.
It had been a while since I had taught climbing and I was a little nervous about how the whole clinic was going to unfold; however, our youth and adult registrant lists sold out and this assured me that the weekend was going to be a new and fun adventure.
Through teaching climbing technique fundamentals and listening to KJ and Steven teach as well, I find myself learning and enhancing my own understanding of movement. No one can ever “master” technique; there are always new tricks and tips for everyone to learn, and in my opinion, each individual – no matter their ability level- has something valuable to teach as well. I constantly find myself learning from my friends that surround me and this is why I look up to my peers.
I also love the positive energy that emanates from enthusiastic climbers and I had a great time experiencing this vigor to learn in Seattle.
Next I will go to Colorado for ABS Nationals and then SPAIN with Keith Ladzinski, Andy Mann (3Strings Media), and Ben Spannuth. We will be filming our next video project in the Catalunia Region. I CANNOT WAIT!!!!! More information about that trip later… =]