It seems almost like a foregone conclusion that if you’re dirt bagging it up, climbing daily with no real commitments like a full time job or taking care of family/kids, you’re going to break down barriers and eventually get to the point where you’re climbing as hard as you possibly can. I’ve always been more impressed however, with people that have full time jobs and families and still somehow manage to climb ridiculously hard within their weekend warrior constraints. Those that train as hard as they can to make the most out of the outings they have.
My friend Steve is one of these people. Over two years ago, Steve and his wife Deanna welcomed their son into the world. Steve had been working his project in Mt. Charleston for two years at this point, being thwarted repeatedly by the finishing moves. It would have been easy for him to resign himself to failure on this particular climb after his son was born with more constraints or challenges placed on his outdoor exploits. Instead, he became more focused, built himself a training dungeon in his garage (Steve actually built himself his own treadwall because a “Treadwall” brand wall wouldn’t fit in his house) and in the end persevered. It’s extremely impressive and definitely makes me want to train harder for my projects. We all have goals, but are you willing to put in the work that it takes?
Anyways, without further ado, here’s the video of Steve making the third ascent of Ghetto Booty at Mt. Charleston.