We just got done doing a competition at my gym. Its called Thanksending and it was a crazy weekend. On Thursday we started to strip the walls completely so that we could then set all day Friday. To set in the gym you have to be creative, able to work twelve to eighteen hours and just be on a constant go, go, go. This was my first time setting for a competition and I have to say that it is mentally, physically and emotionally exhausting. I'm still an apprentice at our gym so it wasn't a requirement for me to stay for the full eighteen hours.
Competition style setting makes everything twice as difficult as setting for your usual clientele. When you have people who literally compete as climbers you have to think of more diverse moves. You have to be able to make the climbers think about the route and make each route harder than the last. Usually, we keep anything below a V2 scale all at a 48-inch reach so that kids can climb about 15% to 20% of what is in our gym. After that, the 48-inch reach goes out of the window. For competition style, the 48 inches reach still applies but it gets difficult because if you add too many feet that V1 just became a VB. You have to think carefully, place carefully and keep in mind what you are setting for.
This apprenticeship has been a lot to take in, a lot to learn and a lot to handle but I think it has been good for me as a climber. It has forced me to have to think about moves I didn't think I could or would ever do and it has started to force me to be a better climber.
Of course, after we did the competition I then had to work all day the next day which added to my level of exhaustion since I had been trying to keep up all weekend. I also got some photos of people as they climbed and even though they weren't from up on top of the wall they still were a lot of fun to capture.
If you guys have never been to a climbing competition then you should try and attend one. Its super fun to watch people put all their effort into the routes and try to figure out puzzles that setters put up for them. It shows all kinds of determination and power.
Climbing has been an aspect of my life that has literally changed everything. It has changed the way that I look at my fitness, the way I look at people, and the way I look at myself. I have met so many people through climbing and I am eternally grateful for everyone that has come through my life. I honestly don't think I would be where I am without this sport and the support I have from everyone at the gym. It jus tis one of those things where I never expected to be where I am and yet here we are. I am so happy with how things have turned out and I am excited to see what the future holds for me.
If you haven't seen my climbing photos then here is a quick picture of some I took when we went outdoor climbing.
And again I am so sorry for the delay in videos and posting. This weekend was way crazier than expected. So please be patient with me.
Today is a long day. Today is a day when we are setting the entire gym for tomorrow's comp. Truly I am excited, nervous and anxious. But all in all I am grateful for this opportunity as well. Even though I know I will be very tired at the end I know that I am also looking forward to the idea of being able to knock out some hours on my apprenticeship and to learn more about route setting in a gym.
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ok. So. I know you all are waiting for these videos on Iceland and I am working on them now but it may be a day or two more before they come out.
I know. It's not what you wanted to hear and I keep you waiting and I'm sorry but there is something wrong with my voice recorder and I must say...it is not fun. It's annoying and I am not a fan. If push comes to shove I might have to do the video differently this time and do a podcast style. We will see what happens and what I can manage. I'm not sure what will happen or what the solution will be but I will do my best to get it fixed as quickly as possible and I will try my hardest to release this video to you all so you know what to expect when you travel there.
For now though I ask that you guys look at this awesome photo I got of my friend doing sport/lead climbing.
Please hold on for a little bit longer. I am trying my hardest to get this figured out and get it out to you.
Today is the day. I finally am going to start videoing all the information about Iceland and will be posting the first one tomorrow. Thank you guys so much for being patient with me and for letting me share my experiences with you guys. It means the world. This trip was crazy, fun, frustrating, eye-opening, and beautiful all in one. I hope my mistakes and lessons can help others along the way. For now, enjoy this video of the landscapes of Iceland.
You guys are amazing and thank you so much for all you do for me.
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