Mindfulness signifies presence of mind, attentiveness to the present.
Climbing requires a mindful approach for all of your rock and mountain climbs. If a climber loses this presence of mind movements will be sloppy and irregular with the result leading to a botched send, potential tension, hanging on the rope.
Through out this past weekend mindfulness was a common word used by the team members to each other at the busy areas of Rumney Rocks. As a team of 5 rowdy guys on vacation we were using “be mindful” to check our overall presence and minimize impact to others around us.
Another way to view mindful is for each of us move into the higher levels of rock movements and rock climbing techniques a focused presence of mind is required. A focused presence does not appear out of nowhere! A focused presence starts at each of our home areas studying, practicing and training for the rocks and mountains. Whether you live in the city or country area climbers can develop a specific training program to include regular physical training, a balanced diet, and plenty of rest and recovery time. With a regular training program at home one will reach new heights each time they climb.
This weekend the team did an excellent job rock climbing and reaching two high peaks in the area. Now the team is back home – to each of you – enjoy the continued Mindful approach. Train for climbing, be consistent, the pay off is success on the rocks and in the mountains.
The Team – a day at Rumney Rocks.
Adel, Sean, Steve.
Sean on the move up the stone – being belayed by Erik.
Sean and Steve climbing high above Baker River Valley on the route named Lady and the Tramp.
Erik guiding Adel on Clippidy Do Dah.
The Egyptian Stallion readying himself for Nuthatch at Jimmy Cliff.
A very pumped up and excited Sean after his completion of Nuthatch.
The balanced team Adel being belayed by Erik on the climbing route called Bonehead Roof.
Adel working the lower crux on the Bonehead Roof.