As a treat (mostly to myself), here is an update of my planned bouldering road trip route:
Leaving in a weekish for three month road trip to go bouldering throughout the USA. Hitting up: Priest Draw, Joshua Tree, Yosemite, Bishop, Joe’s Valley, Colorado spots, and anything else that we come across.
Any tips for a Canadian/foreigner bouldering girl?
We’ll be living out of a Jeep (see previous photo post for a look at our contraption we built) and staying in camp sites.
Tips/Beta appreciated! Message me! And follow for some photos, blogs, etc.
Anonymous asked: Whats a normal winning purse at a comp? Just curious?
normal winning purse?
I don’t think I know what you mean by that.
Oh, do you mean money that you’d win?
None at this competition— just the pride :)
Competed in my first comp last night. National Capital Bouldering Series 4!
I got third place in Women’s Open in spite of not trying six of twenty five problems and completely missing two easy ones.
My forearms are ripped to shreds- they had one problem that was all volumes going up a lead climbing wall and a cube hanging from the ceiling that scratched me up pretty good. Lots of swelling today and aches but really fun!
So, if I spent all night dreaming about bouldering and woke up with sore muscles.. does that count as working out? heh heh heh.
There is not a time in my living memory that I was not able to do at least ten consecutive chin-ups. This probably gives you a good idea of why taking up bouldering at the age of twenty-one proved to be quite easy for me. I see people my age getting into the sport and their biggest challenge is gaining upper body strength- most females are unable to perform one chin-up and pulling themselves up a wall, even without an incline, is rather difficult.
I try to encourage people getting into bouldering; I explain that it comes quickly and to watch even the bulkiest, gym-going guys struggle because it is not all about upper body strength but about flexibility, body-awareness, and FINGER strength. However, it’s hard to give beta to beginners when I most definitely fall back on my muscles to get me through problems.
I guess what I am saying is I need to focus on developing more than strength at this point and identify means by which I can improve my technique. Hopefully this will allow me to help out beginners more and to just get better overall.
Registered for my first bouldering competition!
Here’s hoping the training I have been doing to prepare for the three month outdoor bouldering road trip pays off.
Looking like a construction worker on the bus home from the climbing gym.
Getting excited for our bouldering road trip.
Training every other day at the local gym and preparing for a life sans showers.
Constructed an apparatus to sleep on for the three month bouldering road trip!
Jeep living here we come!
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