David wished to dive into climbing and wanted to challenge himself improve his skills with hopes of learning about vertical rescue. After frequent visits to local climbing spots, he was able to complete his goal and even one up it by completing a 5.9 climb.
1. What Was Your Goal?
My goal was to climb five 5.8 or better routes, at least one outdoors, by the end of November.
2. Why did you choose this as your goal?
Climbing has always been a sport that interested me, but one that I didn't really know where to get started on and felt a little intimidating because of the gear and lingo. Also, I've been trying to develop rescue skills like first aid, CPR, first responder, etc. because of my involvement with Amateur (Ham) Radio, the Red Cross, and CERT. I wanted to learn rope rescue techniques for wilderness rescues and as a first responder. Since I've never climbed, rappelled, or anything similar I decided to get into climbing to start off since I'd already been interested in it as a sport as well.
3. What was your skill level or background in relationship to the goal prior to starting?
I had never climbed, rappelled, or done anything anywhere close to this before. I also had some fear of heights too.
4. What preparations or training was done to accomplish it?
I went to Big Rock climbing gym 2-3 times a week and trained for several hours. I started with the bouldering walls to build my strength and technical moves. After getting into V3 problems I found a belay partner and started climbing the routes in the gym. The first few were difficult because of my fear of heights and lack of endurance. After 2-3 nights of routes I started doing 5.8s on a regular basis. Then my belay partner taught me to lead climb in preparation for the outdoor climb. I also had to significantly change my diet in order to keep from losing weight while training. (I'm 6 ft, 120 lbs.)
5. Where was the location that the goal was accomplished?
Big Rock Climbing Gym and Horseshoe Canyon Ranch. I sent 5-10 5.8 routes in the gym (even one 5.9) and then three 5.8 routes at Horseshoe.