I began climbing in November 2009 after my brother joined the Wits mountain club and took me climbing with them. After my first day climbing I was immediately hooked to the sport. The very next day I went and bought my own pair of shoes and went climbing the following weekend again. After yet another enjoyable trip I purchased all my own gear: Rope, harness, draws, belay device – the works.
After a month of climbing, my obsession with the sport drove me to build a small climbing wall. I bolted some blocks of wood to my garage wall and traversed the wall almost daily in the never-ending quest to develop finger strength. It was around this time I went to Waterval Boven for the first time. I was on the Internet reading up on Waterval Boven and came across a video of Nadine Methnersending Snapdragon (29). I was so impressed by the video and thought to myself “Wow, I would love to be able to climb that one day.” Back then I never thought I would actually get strong enough to do it, but December 2011 I tried Snapdragon for the first time, thanks to Evan Margetts convincing me (with great difficulty) to try it.
All the rumors about Snapdragon are true… Yes it is an AWESOME line!
I generally don’t like working routes for a long period of time. After five or six tries I want to have sent it, and if I haven’t I usually just leave it and come back to it when I’m stronger. But this was not the case with Snapdragon. I actually quite enjoyed working it, probably because it was such a major personal goal of mine. January 2012 I sent it, best route I have been on so far!
As far as climbing training goes, I have quite a big climbing wall at my house, which I use for training. My training is very unstructured. I try to train according to how my body feels. I believe this helps avoid injuries. If I’m feeling strong, I will climb as hard as I can. If I’m feeling completely broken I may do an easy session, or rest a day or two. When I climb I try to climb hard and when I rest I try to do nothing.
My goals for 2012 are:
- to send all the climbs at Bronkies (I only have 2 routes left to send)
- to send Monster (29) and Stitch It (29) at Waterval Boven
- to send a 30
- to open some hard new lines
- and lastly and the most importantly, to have fun while doing so
David in Snapdragon (29)
Photo by Daniel Correia