February/March 2012 - it was love at first V0 for me. I caught the climbing bug right in Planet Granite SF as it’s colorful plastic and welcoming staff held the psych high enough for me to commit to a membership. Possibly the only type of gym membership I would’ve ever been down for. A year later, I now work for PGSF and I couldn’t be more ecstatic about this environment, because well.. this was where my climbing lifestyle was born and I have the staff to thank for a warm welcome.
It hasn’t been easy saying no to outdoor trips and other climbing sessions. But being a full time college student, a ‘designer’, and one half of a long distance romance makes it hard to hold on to funds or even distribute time for more extensive outdoor climbing. To this day, I have only gone bouldering outdoors, locally, twice - Indian/Mortar Rock and Castle Rock.
Fortunately, I have still been able to learn and train in the gym. The past couple of months I learned how to lead climb - even onsighted an 11b - and am working towards getting my first 5.12 on lead indoors. Bouldering, on the other hand.. I seem to be stuck in a plateau of V5s and V6s. Either way, I have felt a lot stronger since I upped my protein intake after doing a metabolism cleanse (RESET from Usana) and started incorporating workouts on top of my regular climbing sessions.
I’m training extra hard right now because in a few weeks, my other half is coming to SF and we are charging straight to Yosemite for our birthday weekend!
APRIL 26-28: the weekend has been requested off, my Organic Climbing pads are coming in, and all I need left is a pair of new climbing shoes. I have had my La Sportiva Women’s Miura Laces for about 7 months now - I love them to death! But I have been looking to invest in another pair of aggressive shoes to put on rotation with my (now) way-too-comfortable miuras.
Bummer for me & my tiny self, both the Five Ten Dragons in size 5 and La Sportiva Solutions in EU35 are not in stock. MEANING, I won’t be getting those lovely pairs until after my birthday trip. Usually, this is where my eyes would start watering up… However, I’m going to the frikking Valley in a few weeks and there’s just no way I can be sad. I am so ready to be humbled by Yosemite.
The psych is HIGH.