What Are Your Goals for Climbing Season?

Horsetooth PadsLast week’s 24HHH competition kicked off climbing season here in Arkansas. Temps are still a little too warm for some climbers who hold out for perfect climbing conditions, but most climbers are just happy that summer is over, and are looking to take advantage of an opportunity to get outside.

For the next few months, climbers will be flocking to real rocks instead of spending their time pulling plastic in the climbing gym. Regardless of what level you’re at with your climbing, you should identify your goals for this climbing season.

Climbers come in all shapes and sizes, with different strengths and weaknesses, different outlooks towards climbing, and different goals with climbing. A professional rock climber will have different goals than a weekend warrior just getting into the sport. Understanding what you want to get out of climbing can help you recognize your goals and meet them.

Do you want to send hard projects? Maybe you’ve been climbing for years, and you want to get a few big grades under your belt. Set your sights on a project and take it down.

Do you want to get out of your comfort zone? Do you bail on highballs? Are you afraid to take a lead fall? Force yourself to get out of your comfort zone.

Do you want to get better? Whether you’ve just started climbing or you’ve simply plateaued, there’s always room for improvement. If you’re trying to get better this season, train, eat right, practice new techniques, or do whatever it is you need to do to make that happen.

Do you want to just have fun? Some people aren’t worried about chasing grades or being the best, they just want to enjoy their time outdoors. If this is your goal, make sure that frustration doesn’t get in the way of your good time.

Do you want to see new places? One of the great things about climbing is the opportunities you get to see new and beautiful places. Satisfy your wanderlust and take some climbing road trips this climbing season.

Obviously, there are many more goals that you may have, and there can and will be overlap with your climbing goals. You can try hard and have fun at the same time, but knowing what you want most out of climbing can help you figure out what steps you need to take to get the most enjoyment out of your climbing season.

Understanding your climbing goals is just part of the process, though. You also need to have the right climbing gear. Come check out our climbing section for any of your climbing needs!

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