Today, I had the beginnings of vertical creep up on me. I attempted a few vertical bouldering problems and got little traction on them, but the desire is there. I traversed several times as usual to warm up and practice my technique. I have to say I’m a bit disappointed in my efforts at the vertical today, but I must also say that there are factors such as ape index and shoe type that play into my hesitancy to really throw for a move right now. I’m still getting back to a level of trust with my Katanas through traversing, and I’ll admit that I feel more comfortable on small holds with my Solutions, but that’s a work in progress. Falling, of course, is always a factor. Ape index…I probably can reach, but don’t have the strength to get myself out of that extreme reach right now. That reach is a problem on most of the wall. Someone much taller or an orangutan set these boulders! When I used to set routes, we had a stick marked with different colored tapes that we would measure reach distance with, and that worked very well as a gauge for the average person (and it was inclusive of short people, such as myself). I often wonder what happened to that stick. Regardless, the problems are not bad or poorly set—please don’t misunderstand. I just have to get my confidence back. That, as in all things climbing, is a process. I just have to be patient and give it more time. I will get back my former climbing prowess and then some. It takes time and patience. I’m a little short on patience, but I’m getting there. As long as I’m trying, I’m improving and I feel good. That’s all that matters.
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I try to keep the content of my posts in the PG range (meaning that maybe your 13-year-old should not read it... Just kidding!) - you know, something I could get away with tastefully in the town square without getting lynched, tarred-and-feathered, or hung (and something my mother would NOT wash my mouth out with soap for). As far as what age you have to be to understand some of the subtleties of my humor in writing and/or speaking, well... That may vary. A lot.