Kudos and the Kid

I’ve got quite into bouldering at the moment. It’s always the same – at the start of the autumn I can’t be bothered with it and then motivation springs from somewhere.

On Saturday I headed back to the Stride to introduce a friend to his local crag! We had a great morning, I got the Kid (V6) third go and settled a very old score with Jerry’s Arete (V6). Jon got his first outing on grit in several years and a tour of some of the classics, before we headed to watch the rugby. I have half a dozen things I’d like to tick off here soon.

Today I had a job interview, which I think went well. It’s always hard to know? Anyway, I was disproportionately stressed out by the whole thing (it sounds like a bit of a dream job) so I headed to Rubicon on the way home for some stress relief.

It was nice to be sat out on the riverbank with just the ducks for company. Kudos wall was in good nick, so I had yet another go at the eponymous problem. I still haven’t done it and I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve tried over the past 3 years. It’s not a great problem by any means, but I like it because it’s a good measure of my strength, and its also supposed to be the crux of the 8a route which extends from it.

I’ve been fingerboarding regularly since the start of the year, for the first time ever, and I’m starting to see the results. Today I finally touched the finishing hold on Kudos. It’s so close I can taste it.

I didn’t actually finish a single problem today, but it felt like a great session.

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