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Mar 31, 2012, 11:06 AM

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Re: [Toast_in_the_Machine] Improving in your 40s and later
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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.
I'm 56.

(This post was edited by Mark_Hudon on Mar 31, 2012, 11:54 AM)

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