Everytime I'm at the climbing wall I'm still always amazed to see people effortlessly hang off holds on fingerboards with one hand. They make it look really easy, so I think its really easy, go and have ago, fail miserably and can't even take my feet off the floor. some people can hold 1 pad edges longer then I can hold a blummin jug, its not normal!!!
Obvioulsy some of these people can climb substantially harder then me, but there are some who don't climb as hard at all and it really makes me think... flipping heck if I could do that I might be able to get up something myself.
So, at Christmas I gave myself the task of trying to hang the low middle rung of the beastmaker for 8 seconds with 1 (straight) arm. A really simple excercise and I gave myself until next Christmas to be able to to it. However at the beginning I couldn't even hold it for a quarter of a second, I could get more air time by just jumping. I had to have 8-10kilos of assitance to be able to hold it for just 5-8 seconds...then i'd fall off.
However a few days ago i had an absolute breakthrough, I managed to hold the edge for 5-6 seconds with no assistance, not big numbers compared to strong wads, but numbers nevertheless. I've no idea how it happened but I suddenly found myself hanging with the ability to even watch the clock as I was doing it...multitasking, oh yeh. It's not quite the 8 seconds yet, but its progression.
Contributed by: Pete Whittaker