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There’s a right time to let go. An old pair of climbing shoes feels comfortable, hugging your feet in just the right places, giving you a safe and familiar feeling. You’ve achieved so much with them - climbed your hardest projects, trained long hours, become a better and stronger climber. You’re reluctant to admit that they’re not what they used to be. The comfort and familiarity hasn’t changed, but they’re starting to develop holes. The more you try to make them last, the bigger the holes get. You find your feet slipping more and more, and you come to accept that you can’t tackle new projects or test your limits with these shoes.🌹 . It’s important to remind yourself that the memories will always be there; nothing can change that. The hard routes you’ve climbed, the frustration when you fall at the crux, and finally, that incomparable feeling of pure joy and accomplishment after you send - those shoes have shared all of those moments with you, and those moments will be part of your story forever. 🌹 . The new ones feel strange and stiff at first, and more than anything, they hurt. It’s easy to want to slip back into the comfort of what you know, but it’s important to trust yourself and believe that the initial pain will pass, and you will be able to climb harder than ever before once you overcome this. So you take a deep breath, pull the velcro tighter, chalk up your hands, and start the climb.
My first #climbing trip to #Spain is over and what can I say? It was INCREDIBLE! Climbing in #Oliana for the first time, I experienced a vast range of emotions and weather conditions - sun hot enough to climb in a sports bra in January, fog so dense we couldn’t see the crag from the car, frustration with myself to the point of tears for getting scared of runouts (which is something I’ve never had a problem with, oddly enough ) and euphoria after sending a beautiful route 🧗🏻♀️ . This was the best climbing week of my life in terms of sends - on Monday, I was able to send the route in the photo - “Pastellón” (7b ) after two and a half days of checking out the moves and a rest day with some hard core shopping in Andorra on Sunday ☀️ . Wednesday was my last climbing day, and I wasn’t expecting much. I surprised myself by sending a 7a the third time I’d been in it (although it shared a lot of moves with the 7b ) and decided to check out the moves of another 7b without taking a break 😅 . I managed to send “Placa Ferdinand” in the next try, I later found out is actually a 7b/7b+, making it my second hardest route to date! I laughed at myself because instead of just making the last move, I decided to chalk up and “rest” on a one-finger pocket and a tiny crimp 😂🙈 . All in all, a perfect ending to an amazing trip! Thanks to @alex__rohr for belaying all of my sends and for this awesome shot 🦁📷
Maybe you’ve got to be a bit crazy to go #bouldering when it’s as cold as this - #snow and #wind in #Lindental #Switzerland provided amazing grip on the #sandstone , at least when I could feel my fingers! . ❄️ . Nonetheless, I managed to do this cool steep 7a #traverse #boulder - lots of heel hooks and totally the opposite of my #climbing style, but I enjoyed the challenge and could climb it even with half numb fingers! . 🧗🏽♀️ .
First #snow for me this season - just a light dusting on the #autumn leaves. Had a great day #bouldering in #Lindental #Switzerland - cold but fun! Worked on a really nice and powerful 7a traverse until I couldn’t feel my fingers. Magical afternoon in the stillness of the #forest in the falling snow ❄️😍
Last weekend, as a belated birthday present to myself, I climbed "Kalte Schorle" (7b+/9- ) at the Kalte Wand in the #Frankenjura , my most difficult route yet! With a powerful bouldery start on finger pockets and crimps and a technical slabby topout, this Fränkische route quickly became one of my favourites. So happy to have sent this! Can't wait to keep tackling difficult projects and to continue pushing my limits to get stronger and stronger!
"Life takes us by surprise and orders us to move toward the unknown — even when we don't want to and when we think we don't need to." . ~ Paulo Coelho View this morning on the way to go #climbing near #Arco in #Trento , #Italy Now it's raining and cold 🙈😫 Hanging out at the Terra Promessa crag hiding from the thunderstorm and trying to stay dry! . #travel #climbergirl