Today I headed to the climbing gym after work to climb with Sarah. I got a few pictures from the gym but missed four alarms while I was climbing so there’s only 6 pictures on this post. I was initially bummed that I had missed the chance to document my experience but realized that it was probably better that I was focused on my climbing and the safety of my partner. So missing a few pictures was no big deal. I spent some of the time reviewing various knots, it’s been a while since I’ve done anything but sport climbing in a gym and I wanted to make sure I was still on my game. Plus, I plan to do a decent amount of ice climbing this winter so I want to make sure I’m ready.
Climbing at the gym tonight made it painfully obvious how much stamina you lose in the sport of climbing when you take even a month or two off. Before October it had been probably 3 months since I had been climbing. I’ve spent most of this summer hiking and picking off various 4,000 footers with the goal of finishing them by my 25th birthday. As a result my quads, hamstrings, and cardio are really strong but my rock climbing technique and stamina totally blows. I assume that by the end of the month I’ll be back to climbing at my previous level.