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Minor Victory

I try to climb at the local gym a couple of times a week. I'd always been afraid of the tallest pillar, which usually has 5.11s through 5.12s on it. But there's a lowly 5.10c (or d?) route towards the highest top-rope-able anchor in the building.

There's a picture of the pillar here.

Anyway, I gave it a try today. I warmed up on a couple of easy routes, abandoned all hope, and powered my way up it! I was blown afterwards, but I'm happy!

Yea, me!
Tags: climbing


 forestdweller on Jun 8th 2006 at 2:40 PM
Holy Wow that IS impressive! YEA YOU!

 dblume on Jun 8th 2006 at 2:55 PM
Aw, thanks! I should explain the "abandon all hope" bit. When climbing, and getting to a hard section, the worst thing you can do is to hang there, trying to muster courage and hoping that something better will make itself apparent. By hanging there, hoping, you waste precious strength and energy. You get tired. The most successful way to climb is to abandon hope and the hesitation that goes with it. It's better to simply give it your best shot, while you still have the strength. To abandon that type of hope is not to despair or give up, but to forge ahead with the resources you know you have.