Reflecting on Uni/2013
I made a vague list of things that I wanted to do during my three years at Bangor Uni. This included:
Cycling down the Llanberis Pass
Doing the Menai Bridge Swing
Jump off Bangor pier
Sleep on the beach
Swim in a mountain lake
I’ve managed most of these, but I’ll let you decide which ones I never got round to!
I also listed a few routes I wanted to do - although it was more climbs of a certain standard and grade. Consistently climb E4, climb a 7c and suffer up some big hills.
Routes like Cream, Resurrection, Right Wall, Path to Rome, The Moon, Foil, Geireagle, The Dinosaur, Positron and I’ve Been a Bad, Bad Boy, amongst others. The ‘classics.’ I’ve done most of these, but some have evaded me.
Perhaps I wanted to prove myself. To show others (and me) that I could be an ‘alright’ climber. I saw other people who were climbing harder, better routes and felt drawn towards them, to climb like them. I’m very competitive, too.
I must’ve come across as pretty stupid or arrogant at times, for wanting to ‘get on routes’ that were probably way beyond my ability. Having said that, I occasionally managed to fight my way up them and succeed!
At Graduation, I’d managed some E4s, climbed a 7c and suffered up some big hills, both in the UK and abroad. I’d call this haphazard list a bit of a success.
2013, however, has been entirely different to my time at Bangor.
Without having made any specific goals, I find myself reflecting on my best ever year. I think you can’t go too far wrong by just wanting to climb harder and harder, all the time, but it does leave a lot of room for unspecific training, aimless climbing and no structure in what you do.
Why has 2013 been so good? Honestly, I don’t know, but I’ve trained harder, gone on more trips, spent more time climbing and been psyched as ever.
There’s been some influential differences:
1)Getting a ‘woody’ (a miniature home climbing wall) and pull-up bar, and using them regularly.
2) Going on long trips, where all you do is climb. Trad all this summer; Europe sport all this autumn.