When we took off for our three month trip abroad, my partner and I cancelled our gym membership which also includes indoor rock climbing (Bay Area friends, you know I’m talking about the amazing Planet Granite.) We got back in December, but it wasn’t until last week that we finally renewed our membership, and yesterday, finally got back on the climbing wall again.
When we left, I was climbing 5.8s confidently, 5.9s very shakily, and maybe had finished one 5.10a. This was after about a year at the gym too. I was afraid that after being away for so long, I would have lost all of my progress.
Thankfully — that didn’t happen! It was like riding a bike. Originally, it took me a long time to get over the fear of falling (even though I was always completely secure — I would get 1/2-3/4 up a wall and just get overwhelmed with anxiety.) It also took me a long time to get over using my arms to pull myself and trust my legs. Thankfully this time I had no issues with height and feeling secure, and I think I’m on my way to trusting my legs again — the first few climbs were easy so I could use just my legs, but the last one had a bit of an incline that I used my arms too much for. I managed two 5.8s at the end of the session, one with ease.
I’m really looking forward to getting better at climbing and continuing my progress, now that I’m reassured that I didn’t fall too much behind. Here’s hoping I’ll be able to climb 5.10as soon, and maybe do more outdoor climbing!
Are you a rock climber? I’d love to hear your best tips on how to improve your rock climbing ability!