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Climbing on Sunday

On Sunday, my climbing took a step up. I’d been stuck on two V1+ problems for a couple of weeks. On Sunday, I completed both. One was a matter of improved technique, leaning hard into a series of sidepulls. The other, a matter of a dynamic lunge up to the final hold. I also completed a bonus V2.

I watched my friend, Zach, work on a V5. He tried a few times. Another group were working on the same problem. Zach would try, they would try, Zach would try, they would try. Each person’s attempt was informed by the attempts of the people before. One technique or approach would be answered or built on by the next. They collectively explored and discussed without ever saying anything. It was magic.