Its been a while, late summer and early fall are somehow always busy for me. I don’t climb as much outside because its just too hot, with Bozeman’s lack of north facing crags its hard to want to go and it always seems like I am at work. This year has been a little different though, instead of just not climbing I’ve been forcing myself into the gym for workouts and long climbing sessions. The IFSC Lead World Cup in Boulder is ever approaching (3 weeks and counting) and stoke is starting to build, I started typing this because I found the event website today. I still can’t believe I got an invitation. When the email invitation arrived back in June I couldn’t stop smiling for a week, and then I went through the summer like it was really just a dream but now it seems WAY more real. My name is on the start list next to names like Ramon Julian, Jakob Schubert, Charlotte Duif and Johanna Ernst. People I look up to in their climbing and their long list of achievements. I’m excited and scared for the opportunity to climb with them and watch them climb in person.
So in order to not come in dead last I’ve been taking every opportunity I can to climb and train. Between school and my two jobs I have been getting about 3 or 4 day a week inside and then both days of the weekend. For Labor day I went down to Sinks Canyon outside of Lander, WY and climbed at the Killer Cave. Its a Rad place if you can project 12c or above. The whole cave is about 100 feet tall with routes ranging from 70-90 feet vertical by at least 15 feet overhanging. Then the week after I spent the weekend at Natural Bridge working some of the supper long projects towards the middle of the canyon. While not the same as the Killer Cave Its still a good place to get pumped. This weekend was kind of a bust I only got outside on Sunday but I went out to Natural Bridge again I completed a vision that Frank Dusl has had for over two years: to climb every 12 on the Shipwreck Rock (12a/b, 12b/c, 12c/d, 12b/c, 12d) in a day. The climbs are short but most have long moves on bad holds without many rests. Even having done all but one of the climbs before it still takes it out of you and is great training for increasing your capacity to do harder routes.
Now that were back into the work week I’ve got to study for an exam I have tomorrow, finish all my homework, and try to force myself back into Spire for some real try hard training. I don’t really have a plan for this weekend yet, but I think a trip to Ten Sleep or heading out to Missoula for the Grand Opening of Freestone Climbing in Missoula, MT are on the list. My last weekend before the comp I’m heading down for some more late season Ten Sleep. I can’t wait!