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Re: The "what the F did you do to prepare for your big wall goal?" Thread
« Reply #30 on: March 11, 2013, 09:44:32 am »
I'm doing weight training and cardio training and I'm still going to have someone hump my gear down from the top. just sayiin'...

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Re: The "what the F did you do to prepare for your big wall goal?" Thread
« Reply #31 on: March 11, 2013, 10:30:09 am »
I'm doing weight training and cardio training and I'm still going to have someone hump my gear down from the top. just sayiin'...


lol


smartass  :)

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Re: The "what the F did you do to prepare for your big wall goal?" Thread
« Reply #32 on: March 11, 2013, 11:39:03 am »
Quote
smartass  :)

That's accurate.

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Re: The "what the F did you do to prepare for your big wall goal?" Thread
« Reply #33 on: March 12, 2013, 11:22:51 pm »
Soloed the aid route at Swan Slab yesterday. That was fun. I need more small cams.

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Re: The "what the F did you do to prepare for your big wall goal?" Thread
« Reply #34 on: March 12, 2013, 11:49:26 pm »
Nice TK.


Hit the bouldering session tonight. Tried to focus on controlled movements at an easy grade, especially on steeper problems to regain some core.


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Re: The "what the F did you do to prepare for your big wall goal?" Thread
« Reply #35 on: March 13, 2013, 05:21:16 pm »
Good aid soloing at church bowl. Start with church bowl tree to the anchors. Swiiiiing over to the anchors above More Balls than Brains and TR that nail up.
« Last Edit: March 17, 2013, 04:51:29 pm by cobbledik »
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Re: The "what the F did you do to prepare for your big wall goal?" Thread
« Reply #36 on: March 13, 2013, 10:01:49 pm »
Training is overrated. Just get up there. You'll figure it out.
Climbing is the best training for climbing, anyway.
« Last Edit: March 14, 2013, 08:45:02 am by Skully »

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Re: The "what the F did you do to prepare for your big wall goal?" Thread
« Reply #37 on: March 14, 2013, 08:03:49 am »
Cobbledik, have you ever lead more balls than brains?

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Re: The "what the F did you do to prepare for your big wall goal?" Thread
« Reply #38 on: March 14, 2013, 10:40:26 am »
Nope. TR'd it. Was not interested in leading it that day. Real fall potential with shit rivets and bathooks.

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Re: The "what the F did you do to prepare for your big wall goal?" Thread
« Reply #39 on: March 17, 2013, 01:04:48 am »
10b sport redpoint, short 11d with 2 hangs (10 'routes' yesterday) and today was a cruise up Manure Pile to get off the deck again.

Took pics of Zod to get psyched up.


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Re: The "what the F did you do to prepare for your big wall goal?" Thread
« Reply #40 on: March 18, 2013, 09:56:42 pm »
get on it munge, you'll send.

bottom line, don't bail. no excuses

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Re: The "what the F did you do to prepare for your big wall goal?" Thread
« Reply #41 on: March 18, 2013, 10:55:17 pm »
once I'm on, no bail.  First rule. No one talks about going down.

Ran a bit tonight.

Got, what I'd call, light cardio sunday for a couple hours. I was sweating. So it's good.

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Re: The "what the F did you do to prepare for your big wall goal?" Thread
« Reply #42 on: March 26, 2013, 10:41:11 pm »
After a big weekend of eating and some hiking, no increase in weight.

Just went for longer run than last run. Feeling slow, but stoke is good.

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Re: The "what the F did you do to prepare for your big wall goal?" Thread
« Reply #43 on: March 27, 2013, 08:11:53 am »
I used to take pride in doing absolutely nothing before climbing a wall, but at age 53 that doesn't seem like the smartest thing any more.  So since the new year I've been going out and running now and then.  In the past, I would do a long run as fast as I could, and then I would feel so tired and I would hurt so much the next day I couldn't even think of running again. This year I started working my way up, running almost every day, but starting with shorter and easier runs.  [And yes, Petie, it's OK to walk every now and then to catch your breath]

What I have found - much to my amazement - is that running every day doesn't hurt, and that I no longer get tired when I run.  So now the route I am running is 5.9 km which is about four miles, and yesterday I ran it in 30:59.  So not super fast, but neither am I dragging my [lard] ass.  The cool thing is that nothing hurts, and that when I'm running, I don't feel winded or tired.  I just keep on keepin' on til I finish.  So I'm ready to do it again today.  I think this will go a long way to making those schlepps to the base less painful.  Plus, the more I run, the more beers I can have later! 

What is really discouraging, however, is that since the new year I have more or less stopped eating junk food, and I am drinking a lot fewer beers, and I am going running, but I have only lost about six pounds.  What's with that?  Of course, I have never tried losing weight in my 50's before. It used to come off pretty quickly and easily fifteen years ago. Dang. Fortunately, I will soon be going on the El Cap Diet, and that always works.

In the past, I did knott particularly like running, but now I don't mind because I don't feel tired. But the best of running is like the best part of climbing big walls - it feels so damn good when you stop!

I did do a lot of climbing training before I soloed El Cap the first time.  I chose a route that was longer and harder than anything I had yet done - Iron Hawk.  I went to the local crag and looked for continuous cracklines I could aid solo.  I practised setting up belays in the middle of the pitch, and hauling enormous bags of rocks with a 2:1 system that was not exactly the best.  Make sure your pig is well padded, and that the rocks are rounded without too many edges or points.  Don't chuck them off the top or leave them there for someone else to chuck, instead practise rapping back to the ground with a really heavy pig.  Anyway, I got my systems working well enough to somehow wobble up the Big Stone that fall.  I was pretty worried about the mandatory free climbing near the top, but I figured after I had been on the wall that long, I would somehow figure out a way to make it up!  Was pretty scary, though. 
Dr. Piton says, "There is always a Better Way!"

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Re: The "what the F did you do to prepare for your big wall goal?" Thread
« Reply #44 on: March 29, 2013, 11:00:35 pm »
Not hurting is good.  I need new running shoes.  Any recommendations from the runners here?


hit the gym last two nights. First bouldering. Last night ropes.

Steady on the weight, despite eating poorly this week.

Need to run some more.


Mark's been getting after it.


Anyone else getting their stoke going with some physical activity?


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Re: The "what the F did you do to prepare for your big wall goal?" Thread
« Reply #45 on: March 30, 2013, 06:23:23 am »
Well, a friend & I climbed 15 pitches this week. Free climbing is some good stuff.
Been riding the bike instead of driving.
Then, surprisingly, the gym hired me to set some routes. ok....
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Re: The "what the F did you do to prepare for your big wall goal?" Thread
« Reply #46 on: March 31, 2013, 10:25:52 pm »
how does one set aid routes at a gym?

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Re: The "what the F did you do to prepare for your big wall goal?" Thread
« Reply #47 on: April 01, 2013, 10:17:42 am »
I ate brisket, chicken, candy, and alcohol for easter.

Slept horribly. No surprise.


Today is water and tonight gym or run.



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Re: The "what the F did you do to prepare for your big wall goal?" Thread
« Reply #48 on: April 01, 2013, 10:57:48 am »
splitter weather in squamish...  two days of climbing beautiful granite...     happy easter!

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Re: The "what the F did you do to prepare for your big wall goal?" Thread
« Reply #49 on: April 04, 2013, 10:01:09 pm »
I'm mostly biking - road for cardio (AKA my commute) and north shore foolishness for mental training.  I keep saying I'll drag myself to the climbing gym more often, but it never seems to happen...

And my toddler helps with motivation.  A peaceful night of sleep in the portaledge seems worth any amount of fear and freight hauling  :)

Ditto on that one. Love the kiddos, but uninterrupted sleep is gold.

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Re: The "what the F did you do to prepare for your big wall goal?" Thread
« Reply #50 on: April 09, 2013, 09:32:00 am »
I got the sporty system almost down pat.

Also finally got around to free climbing church bowl tree. Fun!

Now for a month of free time in the ditch.