|Training for ledge shuffling|
Let's not get carried away, mind. E3 is still a big deal. Redpointing a 7a is still something to be proud of, and bouldering harder than 7A seems nigh-on impossible (mind you, if this chap is to be believed, it appears that I've chosen to take on 'the world's hardest 7A+' in Malc's Arete). I'm well aware that I'm the height of mediocrity, a fact reinforced by reading about and seeing the exploits of many folk that I know: Rob, Murdo, Dave, to name a few, not to mention the rumblings of the grade-hungry climbing media. I sometimes wonder why I take it all so seriously, why I hang from a fingerboard, why I do circuits on Rich's board, why I run, why I read about training, about core strength, about periodisation, about active rest, why I even write all this down. And then I realise, it's because I love it. Yes, I want to be a better climber, I want to go to amazing places and to be able to climb inspiring routes, I want to have deep experiences, to learn things about myself that only adventure, fear, hardship can teach. But, even if those things never happen, I've realised it's the process of trying to get there that I love.