When I joined, there we so few active members that it was rare to see people that you didn’t see regularly. Now, I am often shocked when I look around a very full gym and realize that I don’t recognize most of the people there. Back then, most people climbed routes and bouldered to improve their route climbing. Now, it seems like most members primarily boulder. Mission Cliffs used to be a place to climb and possibly lift a weight or two, but it is slowly growing into a full-service gym.
What’s the best way to get better at climbing?
Don’t get injured. But seriously, DON’T GET INJURED. You progress much faster when you are not nursing an injury. But, if you do get hurt, be smart about it. Take some time off, your body is probably begging for some rest. Take that time to do the things that you put off. Try to enjoy it. Then, do your rehab and take the time to work back up to full strength (it takes less time than you think). You have a lifetime of climbing to do, so treat your body right.
Europe. The limestone, the food, and the distance between the two.
But, over here it is The Red River Gorge, because it is as good as everyone says! Wait… scratch that… it has really really terrible rock and they have copperhead snakes and everyone who climbed there smells really bad, so no one should ever go there.
What else are you passionate about?