By Kawika Mau, TCA Senior.
Have you ever been at the crag, staring up the wall, wondering why all you do is fall? If you’ve encountered this struggle then fret not, I’m here to help. Every glorified sport climber is sure to have had at least a few days on or at the rock where they simply wish they weren’t there, however, with these pro tips I can help make every day of climbing rock the best day of climbing rock.
- C’mon Baby, Take it Easy, Don’t Say Maybe
First things first, if you’re in a horrible mood to start, trying a hard project won’t do anything to improve your mood. In fact it will make you feel even more worthless than you actually are. Fun 5.8s and 5.9s can serve to instantly increase your dopamine levels, without really trying that hard. Remember- there’s nothing wrong with climbing for fun.
- Food and Drink
A hot drink and bar of candy can make a world of difference for one’s moral, especially when faced with cold and damp conditions. I’m not sure why you would be climbing if it was like this, but stuff happens and when it does, it’s best to have a Thermos and a Snickers.
- Laughter is the Best Medicine
If you want to have a good time at the base of the crag and you forgot the other tips, laughing reigns above all else. A smart man once said “there is little success where there is little laughter” and that rule cannot be more applicable to the sport of climbing. If the rain is pouring, the holds are breaking, and your hands are colder than the depths of hell, just laugh on and you will have sent life’s project, in the grand scheme of things.
- If All Else Fails…
If all else fails and you’re still not having fun, stop climbing for a while. It’ll just keep bringing you and those around you down. Take a break. Go for a walk. Write a book. Read a book.