This weekend I had the opportunity to go back to Horseshoe Canyon Ranch, a gorgeous climbing destination just outside of Jasper, Arkansas. The last time I climbed at HCR was roughly 3 years ago when I first started climbing, so this trip brought back some very fond memories. All that I remember from my first trip to HCR was Mr. Magoo wall and a route called Orange Crush – a super fun and exposed 9+ that I distinctly remember flailing on. I made my first trip to HCR just after learning how to lead climb and lead belay, so...
I just returned last Monday from a nice, 10 days long trip to Val Masino with perfect granite, cool people and super good weather.
The last two months have slipped past incredibly quickly... I have been enjoying having a house and the structure of a training program for a bit. It is amazingly nice to add a touch of routine to my otherwise transient and unpredictable life. Winter in the desert has been amazing this year, with beautiful sun-filled days and perfect temperatures for climbing in the sun. A nice change from hiding in the shade, as we climbers generally do to get good conditions for most of the year.
ISO for qualifiers is always like a big reunion, seeing people for the first time since the last big comp, or even since last year's ABS Nationals. This year definitely was no exception- it seemed like practically everyone came out for the comp, and the running order was the most stacked I had ever seen.
I took a 4 day trip to our neighboring island (Gran Canaria) and could do 6 routes in the 8a/8b range. I’m very happy and motivated with the result as I did two 8a’s on sight. Can’t wait for my next holiday.
I am exactly one month before the start of the world cup series in speed climbing. I’m finishing phase of the toughest workouts, already thinking about the first starts. The winter time I worked very well, rebuilding muscle mass in the injured leg, so that I could return to normal training.