If climbing for you is compulsory and you have decided it’s a strong thread in your life worth committing to, it’s probably time to think about where you want climbing to take you. Do you want to climb particular routes, reach certain summits, or take part in some traditions? Whatever you’re seeking, here is a brief list of some experiences get some ideas going.
- Lead a climb in Yosemite, even if it’s 5.6, like Munginella.
- Climb a sharp ridge with high exposure.
- On sight a route.
- Spend a night on a wall. Use a ledge, portaledge, a cave or just hang there in your harness.
- Spend so long on a big wall route that when you’re back in BC and you drop your water bottle, you flinch with a surge of adrenaline right before you remember that you are on the ground.
- Climb with one of your heroes.
- Live like a dirtbag for an extended period of time.
- Get funded for an expedition or project.
- Stand atop someplace no one has stood before.
- Spend a night in Camp 4.
- Attend the Annual International Climbers Meet in Yosemite.
- Attempt the Eiger Norwand. Even if you have to bail through the Eigerwand Station (9.400 ft./2865 m).
Now, what’s on your list?