Near the end of July, I made a conscious shift in my mindset in regards to what I have been investing my time in climbing wise. I started to move away from repeating “easier” boulders that generally take two days or less and began throwing myself at boulders I knew would take many sessions over a long period of time. I have always been bad at projecting hard blocs near my limit, as I get impatient after expending so much time and effort with nothing to show for it. Yet that is the name of the game as far as “hard” bouldering goes, so I realized it was time to cowboy up and get used to getting shut down.
I’ve been mainly focusing my time on two boulder problems at Lincoln Lake on Mt. Evans: The Exfoliator and The Great War for Civilisation. These boulders are some of the best I’ve tried for their grades in Colorado, and though I don’t expect to get to the top of either of them soon, It has been an eye opening and very meaningful experience unlocking the sequences and dealing with my emotions. I’ve always been fascinated by the fact that only in climbing have I been able to thoroughly enjoy getting beat up and shut down for days on end, but how can you not in a place as magnificent as the Colorado alpine?
With school starting up and ACT/SAT/College app season closing in, I’m not sure how often I’ll be able to find enough time to head to the mountains and climb while the temps are prime, but as the saying goes, If there’s a will, there’s a way. Regardless, I’ll try to keep my mind open and forget my expectations, as I’ve found this is one of the only ways to effectively go about doing many things in life, not just projecting hard blocs. I’m also looking forward to the upcoming bouldering competition season, which will be bittersweet as it is my last year of eligibility to compete in youth.
Be sure to check out this video from earlier in the season of me and my buddy Zach Groenwald on a few classic 8a's in the alpine as well!
Stay psyched, have fun, and remember, train insane or remain the same!