All posts tagged: success

Tips to Become a More Efficient Big Wall Climber

  Big wall climbing involves a great deal of rope management, transitions, and organization in order to keep upward progress in perpetual motion. A team’s ability (or lack there of) to climb and function efficiently on a wall can be the difference between topping out and getting appointed “Bail of the Day” on ElCap Report. Whether you’re tackling your first big wall this season or simply looking to improve your systems, here are a few tips to help you become a more efficient big wall climber: Keep the leader moving Your team can only move as fast as your leader. If you’re currently seconding, helping the leader continue to make upward progress should be your priority. Offer to carry larger cams they won’t need for the next pitch to lighten their rack. Refill their water bottle and be ready to pass it off along with some snacks at the top of the pitch. Remember, the leader doesn’t need to climb fast; they just need to keep moving. Don’t get stuck in aid mode You’ve been aiding …

Redefining Success

I tied into the rope and sat down to lace up my climbing shoes. I clapped my hands together and a cloud of chalk hovered in the air before me. I began picking my way up the steep limestone wall, placing my feet precisely on the tiny edges scattered like pennies on a sidewalk. The steep wall fueled a fire that had slowly started burning within my forearms. I paused as I reached a blank stretch of rock that blocked my next solid hand hold. I became acutely aware of the last bolt I had clipped, now just below my feet. My fingertips grew sweaty and slowly started peeling off the small edges. Shit, I’m going to fall. All hope of making the next move was lost as my body became rigid with fear. As I half-heartedly reached up for a sloping groove, gravity took hold and ripped me from the wall. At that moment I lost the one chance I had to onsight the route – but I was okay with that. When it …