The Weekend Warrior’s Guide to Rock Climbing

A Weekend Warrior’s guide to the Galaxy, or Rock Climbing, pretty much the same thing, right?

There is one Secret Trick to make every trip a success. It’s easier than you think!

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It’s simple. Absolutely become infatuated with rock climbing. Really though, humans can achieve so much when you put your mind to it and if you aren’t stoked then forget about it…

OK, so now that the obvious has been stated there might be some useful information below.

If you are anything like me you probably think about climbing more than anything else. Yet, most of us only get to pull on that sweet stone on the weekends after long drives and no sleep.

I’m here to tell you how to squeeze every last rock (see what I did there) out of your precious time. I’ve gotten pretty good at it living in Florida where we put collapsed buildings and seawalls on Mountain Project due to lack of natural rocks.

Ten plus hour trips without missing a day of work is tough. It takes precise planning and an insane level of commitment.

How do you make it?

  • Caffeine
  • Adrenaline
  • Obsession

First off forget about sleeping. If you want to climb every pebble big enough to trip over you have to treat sunlight as a premium (and make your own with something like camping light). Get up at the crack of dawn. Did you drive all the way to the crag to sleep? Trust me there are better places to sleep…

If you can afford the luxury of sleeping at the crag more than one night you have to make some tough choices. Do I call it early so I can crush first thing tomorrow or do I get trash and party all night? Don’t get me wrong I like to throw back a few as much as anyone after a crushfest but there is a balance.

What about that project where you blew the last move? Or that stupid dyno that’s just out of reach. This is your chance to get some sleep and put in some real hard burns.

For further reading check out this cool Weekend Warrior article

Owner and Operator of Every Last Rock. He is dedicated to spreading the Stoke about all things climbing. Often found Bouldering around the US and obsessively training.

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