What's the hardest climb I'll be able to do?
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Jun 15
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I'm a complete beginner who's just starting to climb. What's the hardest bouldering problem I'll be able to do this summer? I'll resolve to the highest grade climb, indoors or outdoors, that I'm capable of completing twice. (Once feels like a fluke.) A couple friends have taken me bouldering in Joshua Tree and Kings Canyon, but I was struggling just to start V0 routes. By August, I'll need to lead climb a route rated 5.4, but I want to be overprepared and expect to practice mostly by bouldering with friends indoors in Bay Area gyms or outdoors on granite or sandstone. I'm 5'6" and 108 pounds, which I'm told is advantageous, but I have spaghetti arms and zero physical fitness — I've never once come close to doing a pull up. Also, I've developed a fear of heights from cliff jumping, which I'll need to get over. If you're betting optimistically, give me beginner advice, and if you climb in the Bay Area, take me with you! Contract resolved automatically.
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JamesGrugett
Sorry! There was an error that automatically resolved several markets that were created in the last few hours.
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Alice
@JamesGrugett No worries! David can take his mana and I'll remake the question here! https://manifold.markets/Alice/whats-the-hardest-climb-ill-be-able-5fca6f020a29
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DavidChee
Upper body strength helps but u'd be surprised how far you can get with good technique and using your legs well. Lead and bouldering are more different than you might think so just make sure you keep that in mind. For example I'm pretty good at bouldering but kinda suck at lead lmao. Indoor grades also tend to be slightly easier than outdoor ones, at least from what I have heard!
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DavidChee
Make sure to look to get a good look at your feet as you place them (don't just look at your hands). Place your toes and only the very tip of your shoes on holds, this allows you to have flexible positioning and stand on your toes for extra reach. Keep your arms straight as much as possible (think how much easier it is to carry shopping bags with straight arms as opposed to engaging them all the time). When moving to the next hold use your legs to push yourself to it (beginners tend to rely on their arms way too much and pull themselves up the wall).
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Alice
@DavidChee Thank you, this is so helpful! I've heard the same about lead being different, just trying to learn the basics before I'm falling from a rope a couple thousand feet in the air. Right now even bouldering feels too high off the ground, haha.
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JamesGrugett
Good luck! Expecting you to lead us in climbing some Alaskan mountain cliffs later this summer :P
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Alice
@JamesGrugett Oh no, that's what Austin and David are for!
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