“But watching them climb got me psyched, and the upper crux felt very easy on top rope, so I thought I should just go for it.”
An eclectic crew made the first ascents of a 3,750-foot 5.11- X and a 1,500-foot 5.12c while collecting data to inform climate-change scientists.
"It wasn’t the experience I’d signed up for, but a more challenging experience I’ll learn from. I’m glad I didn’t back down that day."
When we're in a flow state we not only climb our best but also feel our best—it doesn’t matter if we fail because we know we could not have done any better.
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