Vertical step by step

“This is what it’s all about.” That was my thought halfway up an onsight of an exposed arête problem when I found myself over gripping and sweating. I decided to literally blow out the tension. Breathing deep and hard, I onsight Ed the problem and knew I had been right—if I hadn’t tackled the vertical today, I may have never done it again out of a feeling of defeat. I’m going through some medication changes right now that are really messing with my confidence in my ability to handle things. As I sized up the problem this morning, a song was playing that repeated the words “step by step”, and I immediately knew I had to onsight and complete that vertical problem. It was a head trip with myself, but it felt so good to have accomplished it. Do things that challenge you—DO IT! That’s what it’s all about.

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