Brownstones and board...
So last week I didn't manage to get to the Wiltons, but I did get to Brownstones a couple of times,again before work or at lunchtime.
It's been ages since I've been here and last time I was here I had a really good session ticking the old circuit of easy problems. During that visit however I did get spat out by Verdigris (6a+/b), a problem in the Two step area that is typical Lancashire climbing: a dynamic start,with a crimpy high step to finish.
This annoyed me, and I wanted to get the problem on video anyway, so I headed down with this in mind. I was pretty pleased to get it second go, and it felt pretty easy, which was promising. When I originally climbed it about 5 years ago, it was about as hard a problem as I thought I'd be likely to climb here, but recent psyche has made me believe I can climb a lot harder than this.
When it comes down to it, so much of what gets done in life comes purely down to belief. If you want it badly enough you'll find a way of getting it done, eventually.
So this has led me to think about re-evaluating my climbing goals, reopening my aims and working towards results.
But its got to be realistic. In the past I've always gone for problems that i'll never get round to doing, too far away or not enough opportunity to get on them when what I really need to focus on are the problems on the doorstep that I can actually get on regularly, work often, with as little travel time and walk in time possible. They also need to be problems that I can get psyched about, at my limit, and ones that suit me.
If I don't do this, I'll end up not going out due to time restraints or being disappointed at not ticking things because I've not been focussed enough or had the right goals. I'm starting to restructure things to get short focussed hits at crags whenever possible,and in doing so I've managed more climbing in the past 3 wks than I have in the past 6 months.
How many quality problems have I not yet done at Brownstones that are at my limit? Bloody loads is the answer!
As for this wk, weather has been rubbish recently so I did about an hour on the board tonight, working on power mainly, although I really could do with more holds to keep the variety up.
Anyway, I'm psyched about my climbing recently, and feel I'm making the most of the available opportunities to get out, long may it continue. As Lore says, 'keep the fucking faith!!!'