One of the main reasons that I decided to pursue a life in a van was to focus a little more closely on the goals that I was setting for myself. If you've ever met me, you know that I can be quite easily distracted. While I absolutely love the hobbies that I aim to push myself in, sometimes I would get lost in the day-to-day nature of my job and find myself back at home on my couch playing Fifa or something....
Well, there's not really a whole lot of distractions associated with the van, aside from obsessing over what I could have done differently.
So, with that in mind, I have set some very serious goals in a few different areas for myself.
I'm the first one to say that grades aren't everythiing in climbing. In fact, often times they're absolutely nothing. Nevertheless though, I would very much like to break through the barrier and expand the options available to me at any given crag.
I climbed my first outdoor 5.12 in the summer of 2018, and have set an ultimate goal of 5.13a as a target by the end of this year. Lofty, but doable with diligent training.
Ask Julia, once things start getting interesting on a route, i lose my head and start to freak. As soon as a route thins or I have to make a move above a run out section on gear, I lose my head. Gotta stop doing that...
Especially as I work to break into more difficult routes and expand on my mountaineering experience, a solid head is going to be critical to succeeding.
CLIMB MORE CRACKS
I really LOVE hand jamming, and splitter cracks have always caught my eye. I'd really like to work on my finger crack and off-width technique to open the door to bigger and more diverse options in places like Indian Creek and Yosemite.
Some may say I'm addicted to crack...