I wish more female climbers would write about their climbing, because reading about it gets me psyched. I recently discovered Mina Leslie Wujastyk’s, Shauna Coxsey’s and have been reading Thomasina Pidgeon’s blog for a while. All of them seem to have a very different approach to crushing but all of them are really inspiring. And I need some inspiration at the moment because Jackie and I are going to try and climb The Nose this year, which means we’re gonna have to be FIT and STRONG.
We reckon it’ll take us about 4 days being big wall rookies, so so far we’ve been trying to up the endurance sessions and reminding ourselves how to climb with a rope. We’re not very fit yet. We’ve been following a routine once a week called the Turkey Workout which a friend spotted on The Climbing Hangar’s site, which is great for wearing you out, although we haven’t managed it in 2 hours yet, but this is only week 2! On top of that we’re doing one double day a week, where you either climb twice in a day or cycle/run and then climb later on and will be doing more of that per week as time goes on. We’re also making sure we still have sessions where all we do is try hard stuff, and make sure we’re getting on routes because clearly The Nose is one big route. Training is time consuming but very enjoyable so far. I’m excited for the weather to improve so we can get outside and remember how to aid climb, and learn how to haul. Obviously this is going to be the biggest physical challenge of our lives, and whether we do it or not is definitely touch and go, but having a big goal like this is so motivating, and planning our sessions for each week is really satisfying. My biggest worry for the climb itself is how scary the exposure will be and going to the loo…
If anyone has any good training tips for this kind of thing do let me know!
Oo and finally, check out a very short video I made about The Women’s Climbing Symposium last November!