"But I fought those feelings and went back to try again"

"But I fought those feelings and went back to try again"

"This photo was 3 weeks in the making.

I had to leap for that red hold. The first time I tried, I must have fallen off the wall 20 times. So I went back again and tried every bit of advice I got, & fell off another 20 times.

And as I watched all the guys sail up like it was nothing, I could feel myself thinking: This Is Impossible. I’m Never Gonna Get This. I’m Crap At This. I Look Like An Idiot. 

But I fought those feelings and went back to try again. This time my instructor Ray said, “Next time you leap, don’t take your eye off the hold even for a second.” And boom! when my hand connected & held on, it was amazing!!

I was so happy, I hugged the next dude that randomly walked past, haha! (I apologised later). I’m so glad I did this because I learned that if I try & fail, I should just try again. And again, and again, and again, despite those crappy thoughts we all get.

If I open myself to advice, some will work, some won’t, & some will be pure magic. And if I keep my eye on the goal, I will get there eventually. Metaphor for life, no?"

Great words from Shumane who I watched repeat this boulder problem (easily!) last week. Whatever your level, words to live by.

Great article on losing weight for climbing

Great article on losing weight for climbing

Building your pillar - improving your climbing

Building your pillar - improving your climbing