By – Gord McArthur
“My attitude is that if you push me towards something that you think is a weakness, then I will turn that perceived weakness into a strength.” – Michael Jordan
For the past couple of months I’ve been focusing my climbing a lot on “onsighting” – the art of showing up to a route you’ve never seen before and trying to do it first go. A while ago my coach told me straight up that it was my onsighting ability that’s been holding me back from certain goals (mainly competing). With only a few months to go before mixed season (and the start of all the comps lined up), he basically said to get after it and onsight as much as possible with the time I had left (on rock that is).
It’s been a tough summer, with crappy weather and too many bugs. I’ve been able to rock climb a bunch…don’t get me wrong…but not as much as I would have liked. Because of the various “road blocks” I’ve been somewhat restricted to backyard training. Not such a bad thing considering what I have back there (bouldering gym and a crazy mixed climbing set up). But because of the lack there of, it’s been mentally taxing when the “bit that I’ve been chomping on” has near worn out.
My local crag is rad…but I’ve either climbed “it” or been on “it”. Thus onsighting is a bit hard to do there. Next plan: convince my wife that I need to go climb elsewhere. And so “operation: onsighting” began.