I remember one year ago, I landed in Zurich to blue skies. It was a great sight and fortunately for the next 4 weeks it stayed that way. Blue skies and 8c every single day. I could not believe it.
Lets just say that this year has been a little bit different. I have been in Europe for one month now and the weather has been pretty terrible in Austria. Fortunately, having a gym close by has been amazing, however, I did not expect to spend the majority of my fall climbing in Tivoli… I have been fortunate enough to have some good days along the way but the constant battle with rain, snow, humidity, and wet rock has been a bit demoralizing, to say the least.
I fortunately was able to send American Gangster a little over a week ago which was awesome. the conditions were finally good and it felt great to climb it flawlessly. Since that day, there has not been a single day of great conditions. My skin seems to be falling off in layers as i squeeze as hard as i can to try to stay on the rock in these horrible conditions!!!
Despite all of this, the psyche remains very high! I may be going through lots of chalk trying to dry holds but there is still nothing in life that I love more than climbing. I Have another 2.5 weeks in Innsbruck before heading to Italy. I really hope to be able to get some better conditions in the weeks to come!!!
This forecast is not too favorable though:
well, seems like some more training in the days to come. Psyched for the American Desert this winter. Sun all the time and perfect dry conditions! Just gotta do a few more things here first 🙂
More soon. hopefully some good news when the snow stops 🙂
climbing on wet rock in Murgtal, CH. The Shield 2.0 Sit 8A+