I first started climbing in 2004 at Rhodes University. I climbed on and off for the three years, workload dependant. I didn’t climb at all for two years while I was in the UK. In September 2009, I pulled out my old climbing shoes and started climbing again, initially as a way to clear my head from study stress. Since then, I have become completely hooked.
For the past few years, I have been setting grade-based goals, and although the grades are not important, it gives me something quantifiable to work towards. Although I enjoy the focus on individual moves in bouldering, I find sport climbing more mentally challenging. My next goal is trad.
I really like the fact that climbing is not just about pulling hard. Climbing combines physical demand with mental strength and focus, an element of problem solving, fear, a strong internal dialogue, amazing people, incredible outdoor settings, a lifestyle, and crag coffee… what more could you want?
Cath on The Beast (25) at Hellfire