The Beauty of Not Sending | Road to V4

Today’s post is sponsored by Friction Labs Gorilla Grip*, the only chalk I use when I’m getting shut down by a V2. I’ve used Friction Labs ever since I needed to order some chalk online and had no idea what kind to get so I got the kind with the coolest branding. I mean, come on, the package looks dope. It’s all blue and that gorilla has his arms crossed like, “Bro, you’re ready for V4 and if you don’t send it today I’m gonna get your head in a vice grip.” All jokes aside, of the few chalks I’ve used so far I like Friction Labs the best. And I love the chunks in the Gorilla Grip!

*Today’s post is absolutely not sponsored by Friction Labs.

Aber ich wunshe ihnen einen sehr guten Morgen, meine Freundin! ¿Cómo están todos? ¿Qué hacen? ¿Toman lattes de matcha como yo? ¿Veían el partido entre Tottenham y Man United como yo, para luego apagarlo por la tarjeta roja estúpida que le dieron a Anthony Martial, pinches culeros de mierda?

Anyway, it’s a beautiful day (it’s absolutely not a beautiful day; it’s misting outside and grey and cloudy and the sky in Seattle reminds me of a wet diaper) and I’m drinking a matcha latte on the boat that I just got at Whole Foods. I must say, I remember hemp milk being better. This actually tastes like hemp. And there’s NO sweetness, which I know is good for my health but means this matcha latte mostly tastes like hay. I got an oat milk matcha latte at Whole Foods yesterday and it was significantly better. They definitely don’t use ceremonial grade matcha.

I know all of your are reading this post for one reason and one reason only: You want to know if I went climbing yesterday. And the answer is: Sort of.

I mean, I TECHNICALLY went climbing yesterday. I hiked all the way up to the boulders at Gold Bar, warmed up on a new V0 called Mario Kart or Mario Bros or Super Mario or something like that, and then because I was feeling slightly self-conscious due to people right next to me trying Metroid Prime V6 I went to a DIFFERENT area, aka walked around The Doja muttering and remarking on all the bad landings, and then I finally ended up at The Container V2, an overhanging V2 that looks like it should be SO easy and probably is really easy once you figure out the top out, but I keep getting shut down on the thing and yesterday was no different.

But see the thing is, yesterday I didn’t even really want to send.

Why would you go bouldering, you may be wondering, if I didn’t want to send. And the answer is simple but also incredibly nuanced.

Sending, for me, is not the most important thing in bouldering. Sure, it feels GOOD to send, but bouldering for me is kind of like going fishing. I LOVE fishing, and it has nothing to do with catching anything. It’s the ANTICIPATION of catching something. That’s all it is. It’s kind of like watching soccer or hockey. If all you care about are goals, you should be watching a different sport. But if you can appreciate the movement, or a good play, or a good opportunity, then you can appreciate those sports. Similarly with bouldering, if you really want it to be fulfilling, you better just appreciate the movement and also making progress, however minute that is. There is always progress if you look at things correctly. Yesterday I SAW new boulders. I climbed ONE new problem. And I got pumped, which is always progress, because it means you’re getting stronger. Viewed correctly, a session is never wasted, especially when you’re in it to get out of the fog in Seattle and get out in nature as much as anything else.

And now I must go because I just made a last-minute reservation at Seattle Bouldering Project to climb using the guess passes they just gave all members with frozen memberships, i.e., me. Which means I’m going climbing today. And I’m gonna get pumped!

– Wetz