Thursday, 22 March 2007

Learn the craft

“What I learned that day changed the entire course of my climbing – my first real redpoint – before this I’d try a line, fall off, get straight back on and dog to the top. After this if I could be bothered, I’d try again, and probably fail at the same point and give up. This time I worked it, every move of it. The footholds, clipping points, chalk points, which finger goes where on the edges, everything, just like I’d read about. I picked a route that was to my strengths, close to home and inspired me. There was just no way I could have imagined how much easier a route can become after practice… a year later I’d climbed 8c”

S. McClure, OTE 130, P. 34

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