This draft has been here for a very long time. I had started a couple of times to write some ideas but I never saved any of them. It’s such a big question, how could I even attempt to give an answer, as subjective and personal it might be?

So I’m not going to dig deep in my subconscious and extract the reasons that make me do this, I’m simply going to note  some of the things that have been on my mind.

  • when I started to climb I was so out of shape that I needed almost a year to feel that I was progressing even a bit
  • it took me more than 1.5 years to do a pull-up :))
  • I’m still fascinated by the fact that when I’m at the climbing gym I actually forget about everything else. It’s like my brain processes only the things that are related to climbing
  • I said that I’m not interested in trying to climb outdoors, that I’m fine with just climbing in the gym; then I climbed outdoors and hated it; then I started to like it a bit; then my fear overcame me; then last weekend (when these pictures were taken) I overcame my fear and it felt sooooo gooood to climb on the rock

  • since I’ve changed gyms and I have a new coach, I’m doing lots of training that doesn’t involve climbing. I’ve discovered a new part of (training for) climbing and a new part of myself; who would have thought that I enjoy so much doing push-ups, pull-ups, body tension exercises, a bit of campus boarding, crunches and other things like that?!
  • sometimes I am so focused on a route that I don’t even care where the quickdraw is. I’m thinking only about the moves and how to reach the next hold
  • I’ve never felt fitter or happier with my climbing; this weekend I managed to send a 6b. I know, I know, it’s such a small grade, but for me it means a lot

  • like I’ve said to my coach the other night, there’s a huge difference between professional sportspeople and amateurs: the latter take pride in every shitty achievement, they don’t necessarily go big
  • I still haven’t fallen why lead climbing outdoors; I’m actually looking forward to my first fall :)
  • this year we’re planning on going climbing as much a possible
  • ‘I’m not afraid to try any route – I just know that there are some I won’t finish’ – Cami, I wish that someday I’ll be able to follow your wise words :)

  • we’re trying to get off of our asses so we can go 3 times/week to the climbing gym
  • sometimes I feel that I don’t read enough because I climb too much and sometimes I feel that I don’t climb as much as I would like to because I have too many book-related projects; vicious circle!
  • we kinda have all the climbing equipment we need right now, but I always want something pretty new and colourful

How long is it until Tuesday when we go climbing again? Hope I’ll make it :))

*Why climb?


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2 Responses to Why climb?*

  1. by Raluca on February 28, 2015 at 6:51 pm

    (Hah, your website told me I was spam! Haven’t laughed so hard in years.)
    I tip my hat to you, you’re really awesome for doing something that looks like so much fun but must be quite difficult! If I weren’t afraid of heights, I would be tempted to join you at the gym. :)

  2. by ionuca on March 6, 2015 at 9:38 pm

    @Raluca: You can always come with my at the gym and maybe step by step (or should I say hold by hold) you’re also going to conquer your fear :)

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