Over the past few weeks I have mainly been focusing on strength and conditioning. I’ve done some upper body workouts with the weights and bench press that I have at home. I’ve also been having lacrosse twice a week where we do lots of training and running. So far I’ve been climbing once at Base 5, but I haven’t had the chance to meet with my mentor, Shannon Sullivan in person yet. My mentor and I have decided that Sundays will work best for the both of us and we will be meeting as often as our schedules permit. Since I might not be able to meet with mentor as much, I plan on going climbing on my own or with other people who climb, like Tyson and Devon.
With all the physical activities that I’ve been doing lately I’ve felt a little sore afterwards, which is something that I might have to take into account for the future. Between climbing, working out, gym class, and lacrosse practices I’ve been very active over the past few weeks, and it has had some negative affects. In the future I’ll have to be more mindful of my physical well being as climbing for a long period can be quite draining, and I don’t want my other activities to be affected.
In the future I’m hoping to be able to learn about the different techniques that can be used for top rope climbing and bouldering. I also plan on working on my grip strength so that it will be easier for me to climb routes with smaller holds. Maybe if my mentor thinks that I’m prepared enough I might try to get my lead belay license, so that I can both climb and belay on lead climbs (when there is no rope attached to the top of the wall, but instead you have it connected to your harness and clip it into carabiners as you go up the wall).
Aside from working on strength I have also been doing some research about rock climbing, mainly the cost. I have been looking at the cost of memberships at Base 5 and I am currently considering buying a monthly pass for $71/month. On top of that I have been researching different harnesses and shoes that are for sale, as I don’t want to constantly use the rental at the climbing gym. Before I buy any equipment I want to ask my mentor if she has any recommendations for certain equipment.
Overall, even though I haven’t been able to meet with my mentor yet I have been able to work on my strength and knowledge on my own. I feel like I have made some significant progress with my project. Hopefully I will be able to get to know my mentor better, and ask her any questions that I have.