I have been a CAMP athlete for over TEN years now and in that time I have never thought about leaving. Why?
CAMP, made for the big mountains, the small mountains and everything in between!
The reason that I ask this question is that it has always made me wonder why some people are at the gym. Some folks have climbed for 20 years and have never improved, some folks attend regularly but never really climb, while others are getting after it all the time.
I can say that for me the gym is a place where I work and train. I use it specifically to address my weaknesses and to develop a high level of fitness. It is hard to just go do some routes without a particular focus, it is hard to boulder a couple problems with no particular reason. The joy that I get is when I am outside and climbing and realize that my indoor time has allowed me to reach my personal potential outside. I analyze where I need work while outside and then focus on those areas while inside. For me the gym is best described as a tool and I would rather not be there unless I am able to do that.
For others though the social part of the gym is the reason to go. To see who is there and talk to whomever is climbing next to you. Climbing is certainly a social beast, but I head to less populated areas because I am not looking for that all the time.
What are your thoughts?
No matter what the reason, I am glad that you are climbing and having fun with it!
A few weeks ago I was invited to teach how to offwidth to the visitors of Smith Rock during an American Alpine Club community building event.
The events are called Craggin Classics and are meant to bring climbers together for clinics, climbing, and conservation.
It was a great time where I had the chance to work with climbers who wanted to learn basic traditional climbing skills and some that wanted a little bit of offwidth technique. We headed out to the basalt crack climbing area near the river and enjoyed a perfect day out. We placed gear, built anchors, talked safety and planning and climbed some too!
Don’t be afraid of these events! They are great fun and you get a super deal on the clinics. Whatever people paid (no more than 50$) the kind of training and one on one attention that you get during these clinics would cost you over a hundred bucks through anyone else.
I love sharing my experiences with other climbers and tips that make life easier on the wall. Whether it is gear beta or how to approach a long day. I wish that there were events like this bringing climbers together when I started climbing 20 years ago. It would have helped me a lot, as I had to learn the hard way to get to where I am today. (where ever that is, HA)
Get outside and have some fun!
Add more technique to your bag of tricks while climbing and learn about dynamic moves and static moves!
Learn a few tips and reasons why you should work on your body position while climbing.
It is always a great adventure while you are in the Black and we were lucky to find ways to connect so many fun cracks!