There’s still time to enjoy the cooler, bright
sunny days, taking advantage of the better friction and hard won
fitness, finger strength, familiarity with the rock and body composition
…but also time to plan for the winter.
For me, structuring my climbing better through a year which has had
so many uncertainties, has literally given me strength. It’s been a
reminder of how important structuring your climbing is when focusing on
your climbing goals.
In the last 30 years my guiding and climbing life has centred round
the alpine summer and winter seasons and climbing and mountaineering
trips further afield. The climbing I did back at home in the Lakes was
always on the back foot of everything else I’d been doing. Yeah, I
worked hard through the winter months to keep a good level of climbing
fitness, but there was always a keen eye on the fast approaching icefall
climbing season to train for. It hadn’t been structured, and centred on
rock climbing, with me seeing through a whole cycle of training with a
project in mind and then going out to complete that training cycle with
This year has been very different. I’ve not had an alpine season and
I’ve put all my energy into rock climbing in the Lakes which has been
fantastic. On the back of a longer cycle of training through lockdown
and then transferring that fitness to climbing outdoors I’ve seen real
progress that I’ve not seen since my 30’s!
With the darker nights and winter fast approaching, I’m even more
motivated than ever to cycle through a training period and climbing
focus, building on these past months as I continue to find my 100%.
I’m still out climbing when the weather permits , but it feels like I
want to really starting thinking about planning my next cycle of
training and climbing more carefully, so as not to plateau and keep the
focus on breaking through to that next grade and avoiding injury.
If you’re super keen to focus on your climbing this winter or perhaps
have a climbing or mountaineering goal that you want to put some time
and energy into achieving, then please get in touch.
Climbing is a blend of specific strength and endurance training,
climbing technique, mental skills, rope work and crag skills.
Mountaineering is a blend that also involves a bigger mountain
environment that might lead you down a different path of goal setting
which is just as exciting and still needs planning and focus
Whatever inspires you to focus on your vision
this winter, then we can help with different levels of support and help
with developing a plan threading together your specific climbing needs,
with an holistic approach to help your climbing or mountaineering
Give Adrian a call in the ISM office to chat through any thoughts.