Thursday, February 19, 2009

Things I Suck at in Climbing


1. Jumping (3 or 4 points off) and catching a one-handed hold. Please refer to my lack of success on 'Dogwood' as a demonstration of this deficiency.

2. Climbing with just the middle three fingers. This is meat and potatoes stuff for a lot of people. I knew I wasn't great in this regard but a few minutes ago I realized how bad I really am at this. Here's how I came to this conclusion: I've been working out on the campus board doing some hard-for-me stuff with four fingers per hand on the small Metolius rungs when I decide I should try some three finger stuff. I CAN BARELY LADDER MY WAY UP ONE RUNG AT A TIME!!!! Fucking warm-up shit with four fingers. Good Christ.

3.??

4.??

I could probably fill in 3 and 4 but I'd actually prefer constructive criticism from my peers. One thing I miss from my soccer days is having a coach to point out where I could improve. Sooo, have at it. I want to know how I can improve my climbing, where to focus my attention. If you have any suggestions please feel free to comment.

Thanks,

Justin

12 comments:

Robyn said...

I think showering more would help your climbing.

J V said...

Cleaning off the poo on your feet before putting on your climbing shoes might help. But I don't think there's a remedy for this aspect of your climbing:
http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c233/johnclimbrok2/Climbing/Yosemite%20Fall%202008/TeamStretch1360.jpg

Kevin said...

Being sub 5 foot 10 inches, if you could some how use human growth hormones to gain 2 inches that would help worlds.

Mandi said...

quit being such a pansy.

shannon said...

did you really think you'd get "constructive criticism" out of these clowns?

Justin said...

no not really, I expected some humor but thought if I got something constructive that would be a big bonus.

James said...

think less about how to become a better rock climber and start being better a rock climber.

Robyn said...

Climb more! Especially on sandstone located in the southern portion of the US.

Raza said...

Here's an effort to be more constructive:

I think you are plenty strong, but I think you could improve your strategy a bit. The 'heat seeking missile' redpint approach should be shelved.

I've found good success with having 2 or even 3 hard projects at the same time. It alternate my fresh goes, which mixes things up well mentally and physically for me.

Justin said...

Thank you Paul, John actually mentioned something along those lines this weekend. Perhaps its time to diversify a bit.

Kevin said...
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Kevin said...

I agree with Paul, also You Rack Disciprine!!!!! I can't believe how long that took me.