Watching the Climbing World Championships in Paris on youtube on my television has been my biggest inspiration lately. To my amazement I have not watched climbing in this way up until now. I showed my kids the short video ad for the Paris event and my youngest hit replay 10 times she loved it so much. This led to us following the comp live on ifsc.tv on my laptop for the weekend whenever we were home from our usual scramble around Stone Fort and climb at Urban Rocks. To say the least I was glued to the bouldering finals, watching climbing on the big screen has opened up a whole new world for me, I can't believe I didn't think of this before!.
Other climbing action in my life is on a whole different level but still just as thrilling. There's the little kids I coach who get excited about the team effort it takes for them to carry our huge mondo crashpads and the challenge of having to traverse the climbing wall to grab lego hero factory Ferno who is hanging one armed on a jug at the end. Then there's the 7 to 11 year olds that I coach who all in the past couple of weeks have had huge breakthroughs in their climbing like it was in the stars or something. It seems like from here on all of them have found a determination in their climbing that is here to stay.
As for me, I had a new experience doing the ABS comp at Wallcrawlers in Atlanta, not what I was expecting at all. The whole field of climbers except for me and 2 others was under 17, the place was one big swarm of kids and seeing it I almost didn't enter but then said what the hell and had a great time going shoulder to shoulder with all these kids climbing cool problems for a crazy chalky 3 sweaty hours. The thing that stood out the most to me was that not once did I feel like I was the odd one out, the kids were all friendly and psyched and by the end of it I had forgotten that I was about 100 years older than any of them.