“People think all I do is this soloing thing, but I get on a rope sometimes. I go bouldering and I train for it, but I train to climb the rock in the purest way possible
I wanna own the climb. I don’t wanna just get by, I wanna have fun. You’ve got one shot on this dustball, so lets have some fun
All climbing is just a mental game and that mental game combined with the physical training is what you’re striving for. You’re striving for that balance. When have you reached your mental peak and when have you reached your physical peak and when you can do those two things in conjunction... it’s a pretty cool thing” -Mike Reardon (vid playlist in profile) 📸 @jake.lehner - Onsight Soloing “Sweet Home Boltabama (5.11a)” I don’t think he necessarily meant your physical limit, after all... it’s soloing and he often talks about being able to master moves 100%... but your physical *peak*, I think he chose that word deliberately. No matter your genre, climbing is not just a dumb physical pursuit. It requires total focus of both the mind, body, and spirit.
The only thing which is unique about soloing in this regard is the fact that this “moment” where the two are in sync can last as long as your mind will allow. You don’t pause to clip, you don’t break to build an anchor, you don’t pause for your partner to climb. You flow like water over the stone until your mind or your body fatigues. You can stop to enjoy the view, and to live the moment, but you don’t break the flow when you do. You’re always on-point. Kinda like life in some ways
Life is an onsight solo, you don’t know what’s coming, you just have to accept it and commit fully, either to pushing onward, or escaping a bad situation. You don’t get any do-overs. Don’t live the middle line, live you as fully as possible #ChurchOfReardon #LifeWithoutLimits