The icing on the cake, on top of an already amazing trip, was on our last day, we decided to visit “Duel” again. I had tried this boulder once at the beginning of 2019, and once more during this trip. If you know me, you probably know that I absolutely love slab climbing. Trusting your feet and keeping your hips close to the wall. That is my thing. I was keen to try this boulder again, so we went on the day of our departure. We had only half a day and, amazingly, on my first try I reached a high point, realising it was totally possible. Half an hour later I was squeaking on top of the boulder, after “walking” up my first ever 8A boulder.
It is funny, how the first time you try a boulder, it seems so hard. Maybe you can’t do all the moves, or can barely make some links, then on the send go it seems easy and effortless.
Whatever I have achieved in my life, I did not do alone. The power of people supporting you, and who are there for you in all moments (good and bad) is a huge part of anyone’s success.
This trip helped me to let go of my expectations around performance. To play on the rock outside, and to just enjoy spending time climbing with one of my closest friends.
My point is this, climbing achievements are a part of every climber’s life, but being a happy person with great people around me is what really matters. This trip helped Alise and I connect on a deeper level and raise our friendship to a stronger level than it was before.
Afterall, what is happiness if you don’t have someone to share it with?