This year certainly hasn’t been an easy one… Out of the 5 months so far this year I’ve been injury free for only a few weeks. On December 28, 2013, I ruptured a pulley in my right ring finger. It healed well and I was just getting back in the swing of things when I had an unfortunate accident while I was out bouldering in Swinburne. I was mantling on a tricky top out, my heel hook slipped and I fell, missing the pads. I sprained my finger in the process. I haven’t had any newsworthy sends this year 😥
Last week I found out that I may have torn a ligament in my middle finger on my left hand during that fall and I’ve had it taped up for additional support since. So far it’s looking a lot better than it has for a while. It’s been about 5 weeks now and I think it’s finally starting to get better.
Other than having a stupid accident, what else have I been up to? I’ve been trying to keep fit, but it’s been a bit tough as I’m feeling really frustrated about not being able to climb daily. I’ve started running a little and I’m hoping to build my way up to 10km in the near future. Right now I’m comfortably running 4-5km in 20-25 min, which is pretty slow but it’ll improve with some effort. I’ve also been trying to get to the gym but have been pretty busy at work and working remotely that it makes it tough to actually get to the gym.
Other than that, I’ve been working on Shadowfax (8b+) and it’s been a lot of fun again. I’m getting the subtleties back and it’s coming together but it’ll feel a lot better when my finger isn’t sore 🙂
But the biggest highlight of the past few months has definitely been my time at the Wow Prow with Andrew. That was pure madness! SOOO MUCH FUN. I think that the best way to describe the quality of the routes there would be to say that they take a star off of everything else you’ve ever climbed, and this says a lot seeing as I’ve climbed a lot of the top lines in the country.
So while we were there I took a couple of time lapses to try to share the routes with everyone… So below are some videos, one where Andrew on an attempt where he falls off right at the end of the upper crux and one of me warming up on one of our days there. It was cold!
This is Andrew on Future Life (8b) he sent it the next attempt after this and was pretty damn happy
It was really cold down there!! The wind was pumping!