/ Identifying Weaknesses
> I'd climb 7 days a week if I had time! Sadly full time shift work forces me to be more focussed with the time I do have. If only I were a mountain guide and did it for a living...
Wouldn’t we all!
Sadly being a Guide won’t have you climbing routes for work that help you climb 8a.
for me the hardest part of training is not sitting down on the sofa after a day on the crag or mountain, but going to the wall instead!
Hi alx. I haven't got round to a coaching session yet but when I do I'll post to let people know the outcome.
No I haven't read much if I'm honest. I'll remember those books you suggest though.
I'm not specifically aiming for 8a, my plan is to train as much as I enjoy it and see where that gets me. Good luck with 8a though, that's hard climbing!
Thanks Si. I think you're right about doing some more serious redpointing. I'll start looking for a belay partner with either a project or a high boredom threshold! I reckon getting so I can climb a route really effectively will help with my technique as well. Cheers.
Congratulations on your 7c and good luck for 7c+ etc.
Is it really possible to improve that much through redpointing a route? How difficult would you expect to find the moves/how much could you link on a route that you could do via redpointing alone ie no increase in strength/fitness?
I'm not doubting you but that's something I'd never considered. If I got on a route and couldn't do all the moves and link most of it in three goes I'd probably move on!
I climb similar route grades to you indoors, but my bouldering grade is pretty feeble compared to you. However, I've done a lot of redpointing on routes this year and what it teaches you is attention to detail. You learn a lot small things by working moves yourself, then more by watching others on a route. If you then get someone to watch you climbing who's got coaching abilities they can point out other things that are holding you back, sometimes very small, but when you add all these things up you find you're 2 grades up from where you were before you started the process.
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