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Fall Goal: Complete

Great news! I took a trip to Horseshoe Canyon Ranch Saturday with Matt and we got to do some awesome outdoor routes. I on-sighted a 5.7 and two 5.8s. I sent Green Goblin (5.8) the first try, but it wasn’t clean. I had to stop and rest for a few seconds about half-way up the 65 foot route. The sandstone was nice to climb and had a good feel and grip to it. Also, I lead climbed all four routes that day.

It feels good to have accomplished my goal and even learned to lead climb in the process. The month isn’t over yet either. I’m hoping to lead climb a nice overhung 5.9 in the gym either by the end of the month, or early December.

Megan finally got her belay certification Monday night and on-sighted her first ever route! It’s the same 5.6 that I learned to lead climb on. She did a great job for her first night on the walls. I really look forward to climbing/bouldering with her in the future.

I think this is one hobby that will stick with me for years to come. I’ve enjoyed everything about climbing so far. I’ve made wonderful progress in a short time, and gained more strength than I ever did in the gym. There have also been several new friends gained along the way; and, I’ve managed to get existing friends interested in climbing as well. It’s great sport for teamwork and friendship since you have to trust each other with your lives and we’re helping push each other to greater heights instead of competing with each other.

Big thanks go out to Dynamic Earth for the gear and motivation to get started. The guys over at Big Rock Climbing Gym are some of the best coaches, friends, and motivators I had along the way. The Take A Hike group is highly awesome as well and has some awesome, friendly climbers. Everyone I met at the gym was super friendly and fun to climb with. I learned a lot from all you guys/gals. Finally, big shout-out to Megan and Matt for being my main bouldering/climbing/belay buddies and helping motivate me to finish off this goal in style.

Fall Goal: Big Progress

The last two climbs were really big for me. I found a belay/climbing partner named Matt from the Take A Hike group. Thursday we put away a few bouldering problems and I send a 5.6 and 5.7. I got a little lazy on Saturday and didn’t go out.

We totally tore it up last night though. The gym was packed and after a few warm-ups we hit the walls and were climbing/belaying the rest of the evening. The Take A Hike group was in full force and I got to meet some new people. Boone lead climbed a 5.9 with a big overhang and I top roped after her and unclipped the route. It wasn’t 100% clean, but it was a real fun climb for sure. I also sent three 5.8 routes including this one slab route that was quite a different experience for me. Christian also put up a new ~V1 route that was fun to work. Overall, a great night and major progress on the goal.

I’ve also got plans to go outdoors with Matt this month as well so I can knock out the outdoor climb.

Fall Goal: Update

So much for a post at the end of last week. Making good progress though. Three nights a week is working out well and I’m continuing to make progress in strength, balance, and technique. I on-sighted another ~V1 and sent several new problems that were set while I was sick. I’m working on V4 problems now and plan to start doing more wall climbing this week. I feel like my stamina and strength are where they need to be to start making good progress on the top rope. We’ll see how it goes to-nite. The one problem is that I don’t have a belay partner, so I’ll have to see if there’s someone who will help me out. I also talked to Brad about outdoor climbing and it sounds like we might be going on a quick trip towards the end of the month.

I’m still having problems with my weight though. Seems I need about 2500 calories a day to maintain weight right now. It’s been hard to keep up and try to exceed that to add on some mass. Thankfully, I’m back to about where I was before I started climbing.