My time spent on my learning project this week started with a comment left by Leslie Lindballe on last weeks post. She told me of how she was fortune enough to spend 9 months climbing in Yangshou, China. She left me with this website: http://yangshuoaccess.org/. After exploring the site, I went to Youtube where I found this great video on climbing in Yangshou:
It’s an amazing amateur video of what climbing is like in Yangshou. One thing I find as beautiful as Yangshou’s landscape is the generosity of the climbing community. Everyone is so supportive and are open to sharing and helping others out. It is something I’ve experienced on previous climbing trips and is something that will not be forgotten and should not go unrecognized.
While browsing on Twitter I came across @ClimbingMag. I clicked on a link on one of their tweets from 4 hours ago and came across another video of climbing in China similar to the one above. I will have to spend more time on their website, http://www.climbing.com/, and see what else I can discover.
On Sunday I went to the Sask. Science Centre again and was able to climb the Red Route that I previously haven’t climbed before. My friend meet me there and shot a video of me climbing the whole thing, which I was really thankful for. You know how some actors and actresses say it’s weird to watch themselves in a movie or show they filmed? Well, it feels similar in a way for me. By watching the video I am really able to see my movement up the rock- things I did that surprised me, things that I need to improve, and things that I’ve improved on since last time.
When I was roughly half way up I took a break to rest my arms and see how I was going to manoeuvre around the overhang. You can see this at 2:05. I was using to much upper body strength and didn’t use enough chalk up to this point. I pretty much slipped off the wall. However, I was able to use that break to visualize the rest of my climb. I got back on, and bouldered, or moved sideways, across the wall (at 2:40) and then finished my climb. Overall, it took me 3:28 to climb to the top, which I am happy about but know I can improve it. Something else I will try to work on next climb is watching my feet my feet more. At times I try to feel me way around the rock, but my foot slips off the hold and I have to attempt the footing again. A prime example of this is at 1:04. On a rock wall like this it’s not the end of the world if my foot slips like that, but if it were to happy to me on a climb in the mountains I might panic, which is never a good thing. Overall though, it was a fun climb which presented different challenges from the other climbs. I want to focus on attempting the Green Route and the Red Route some more as they were the two which caused me the most trouble. Stay tuned for another update within the next week!