Mar 31, 2012, 11:06 AM
Registered: Jan 6, 2010
I'm in pretty good shape, I work out a lot (I think I simply like working out), I have rings, a campus board, weights, a pull up board, a stationary bike trainer, etc. I stretch and try to warm up. I do it all.
My fingers can't take too much crimping so I've learned to climb open handed, I can't pull as much or as hard as I used to so I've learned to use my feet and body position better.
I technique the shit out of stuff!
I look at the pitch and plan where to fire through and where to rest. I outsmart the pitch and all the younger climbers.
Also, I accept my age and my limitations. I used to redpoint 5.13, now though I'm happy with 5.12 on a real good day, hell, I'm happy to go out for a day climbing! I listen to my body and might call it a day sooner than in the past.
I think I was 42 when I redpointed my hardest route ever, a .13c. Still though, the Nose in a Day again is still in my future as well as a "free as can be" (as free as I can do it) ascent of Freerider and there are still a couple .13s out there that I'd like to tick if I have the time.
I'm not dead yet and I hope to be climbing for a lot longer and enjoying every minute of it.
(This post was edited by Mark_Hudon on Mar 31, 2012, 11:54 AM)