July 28, 2014

It's Not Getting Any Easier

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 I am into my 20th year of calling myself a climber. Other than playing ice hockey, I have not participated at an obsessed level in anything this long. I stopped playing hockey when I was 24 years old and realized that it wasn't as fun as it used to be. I enjoyed the physical contact and the intensity that competition brings out in folks. But at 24, I started feeling the wear and tear of the games and my body beginning to tell me that I wasn't a kid anymore.




Now I am at the same crossroad's with climbing, except that I understand how to continue climbing long into my future. I am not at competition with the team down the road, nor do I have to take on routes that will hurt me, I know what I love to climb on and the adventures that I can seek out and it is a great feeling. Knowing that my passion for the outdoors and for trying hard will never go allows me to always set goals and go for them.




I will say that staying in shape and reaching my personal climbing potential has not gotten easier over the years. Even though I am confident in my fitness evaluation and planning ability, having the time and energy to follow through is difficult. I thought that as my kids grew older and became more independent that making time for training would be easier, but it still ends up being before work at 5 am in the morning or after they go to bed from 8pm till whenever. Even with my Treadwall, I still have to train on it at odd hours! Additionally, every time that I take a break from training it feels like coming back to work after a long vacation! And we all know how that feels : )




I guess that my point is that if you want to reach your personal goals that it will always be tough. It will always mean sacrifice and you will always need a support system. Climbing or doing anything needs to be for the right reasons, as long as you have that perspective it will be a part of your life for a long time!




Just the other day I actually got my three year old to wear his climbing harness. The initial sell of it was not successful this past winter, but yesterday I was able to get him to wear it and have a good time. My future climbing plans involving making sure that my kids are exposed to it while the focus is being outside and enjoying nature. If they like climbing then great and if not they will at least have tried it out.  
  
Check out the link of my son getting used to hanging in a harness!      http://youtu.be/1pIrgvdtLsk







July 18, 2014

Stripping (the Treadwall)

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I am changing out all my holds once a year. The reason for this is that I can have the theme of routes on the wall long enough in order to really see growth.


Check out some more beta about route setting!



Changing out the Treadwall routes advice:
  1. Use a drill to remove the bolts. (I have a 18volt drill/hammer drill combo)
  2. Be sure not to remove the highest holds from the wall (otherwise you won't be able to move the wall down to remove more holds. 
  3.  Set the wall to the least resistance (in order to make moving the wall very easy.)
It took about a half hour to remove all the holds from my KOR model.
I then collected all the bolts in a bin and grouped the holds by color.
I am trying to avoid using tape this next time around and will be setting by colors.
When I got the wall I was not able to set by color due to my lack of holds (I started with zero). But over the course of the year, I was able to get some Menegerie, Pur and Metolius and randoms from purchases and friends. Now that I have a healthy collection, I will set by color when possible and then with tape on the other routes.


Route Setting Goals:
  1. Think about what kinds of routes you and your friends will be attempting to climb.
  2. Then set routes that will develop those skills.
  3. Set in a way in which there are no real cruxes on routes. Go for a consistent difficulty. 
  4. Think about moves that you are weak at and set that style on the wall.
  5. Set routes that will allow your fingers a break and ones that you will only try once or twice a session.
  6. Set routes that will allow you to climb very fast and once that will require technique and deliberate precise movements.
  7. Have fun with it!                   

June 17, 2014

Off Time

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 Thanks to a busy year I have taken time off.
I am heading to Italy to do some climbing and will be back that the blogging thing by mid July.

Until then, get outside and have an adventure!

piz : )




May 23, 2014

Training with Piz: 1 Arm Negative Release

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Don't do these more than once a week.
They can be destructive.
Use a towel for the other hand (adjust the height of the hand (not on a hold)to change the difficulty of the hand on the hold)
Also, begin on  a pull up bar to develop the ability then to move to a finger board and smaller holds!

Training with Piz: Elevated Push Up wtih Hand Raise

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             Do them and maintain a level/flat back!
Ah yeah!!

Training with Piz: Pinch Repeaters

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          Work your weaknesses by creating a repeatable set of 4 grips that you want to improve upon.
Set either a time or number of repetitions (based on your level or best) and go from there.
No more than twice a week with rest between each set.

Have fun and

Get outside and have an adventure!

piz : )

Elephant Butte Arches National Park's Highest Point

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May 15, 2014

Mothers Day

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 Orson a day after his first bloody nose.
 Beautiful momma!
 Rowan
 Family project on Mothers Day. Remove barely living bushes, level soil, build bench, mulch, plant flowers, sit on bench!
Jane loves doughnuts and what better place to enjoy them then at the local doughnut shop!
Happy Mothers Day Jane. Thanks for being wonderful to the kids and me.
I love you tons : )