Finding The Right Approach

Life applications of bouldering

I’ve spent a fair amount of time torturing myself in the last few weeks with more and more climbing and bouldering. After taking a break from it for a while I went back and found out that I was below the skill level I would have liked, so I started practicing and going more often.

Boulding is a finicky ability and is interesting with each new problem you approach. They all have common core elements required to “solve” the problem and complete the route. At the core of it you have to focus on managing your weight placement, i.e. how and where you center your feet in relation to where your hands are holding on. Additionally, you have to look at the angle of the holds to maintain a grip that allows the best attachment to the hold.

Many times a simple tweak in your approach will make a night and day difference in the difficulty of completing the route. I’ve spent hours looking at the wall trying to figure out the next move and get up the route. Even yesterday, for example, I finally completed a route I’d been working on for about 3 weeks and with one tweak of an idea I made it to the top. Added a small dyno to finish it out instead of reaching for the move from a static position.

This seems to follow common suit in life, where we are consistently looking at a problem from a single point of view. Often times we need the help of an outside looker or some space created to approach it from a different perspective. Sometimes it’s as simple as switching one movement and that makes all the difference.

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