The first climbing goal I had was “top rope a 5.10a without falling”.
Eventually, I met that goal and I’ve met many people who are right where I was then.
- Climbing is so much more than hard grades. 5.14 is unfathomably difficult. So is 5.13 (to me, at least). If you read the climbing magazines, it makes you think everyone in the world warms up on 5.13b, but in reality, most people climb somewhere in the 5.10-5.11 range and they have a great time doing it.
- Climbing can be transformative for anyone, at any age and skill level. You all probably have experienced the satisfaction and feeling of empowerment that comes from achieving something hard.
- Climbing is about problem solving. So much problem solving. Short term, like “where do I put my hands and feet” and long term, like “How do I build enough strength to do this route”.
The Climber’s Guide (this website, these words) exists to encourage and assist normal people with normal climbing insight, instead of “Ten Training Tips from Adam Ondra” (“tip 1: Be a monster”).
If you stick around, you’ll learn lots of things:
- Simple ways to get more climbing done in your gym sessions.
- Easy-to-follow guides to help you overcome challenges. (Like a woman who broke her back in a lead fall, then overcame her crippling fear of leading and is climbing hard again.)
- How to recognize bad mental habits, fix them, and make huge improvements almost overnight.
- How to climb harder and have more fun doing it
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- Hacks to make your gym sessions more efficient and fun
- Tricks for making the transition from indoor climbing to outside climbing
Because if climbing isn’t fun, why else do we even bother with this silly sport?
Even more about me
I live in the US, but my wife and for a while my wife and I didn’t have a permanent home. We both work remotely for our respective companies, so we just settled back in Golden, Colorado.
Since I’m talking about rock climbing so much, you might ask, “how good of a rock climber are you, anyway?”
The answer is simple. I’m not a very good rock climber.
I can muddle along sport grades of mid-5.12, and have lofty aspirations of breaking into 5.13 with some consistency. (One of the purposes of this website is to help me be motivated about training, and documenting the process.)
This mediocre level of skill is exactly why I think you and I should be friends. Most climbers don’t climb 5.14, and there’s not even that many 5.13 rock climbers, despite what climbing magazines would have you to believe.
The vast majority of rock climbers are in the 5.10-5.11 range. And a 5.14 rock climber has NO CLUE how to help a 5.11 rock climber. The difference is just too wide. They don’t remember what it was like to not onsight 5.12, and to not be able to do a one-arm pull-up.
I don’t have to think back very hard to remember when 5.10 was a struggle. (And if you give me a trad rack and put me in the Gunks, 5.10 becomes a struggle RIGHT NOW)
We’re pretty similar, you and I. I’ve spent many years slowly getting better at climbing, and I want you to benefit from that knowledge so you don’t have to spend as long as I did to get to hard climbing.
If you can lead 5.10 consistently right now, I can help you get to 5.12. If you want to be able to consistently lead 5.11 (while enjoying yourself the whole time) no matter what you climb right now, that is possible.
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