If you read my last post, you would recall that I was smashing routes all over Sportrock Wednesday night. Well, I must have really overworked my fingers and arms because last night at the gym was quite possibly one of my worst climbing sessions to date. I felt a little weak after my V0 warmup, and was winded after completing one of my favorite V3s that I can practically do blindfolded. I couldn’t complete any of the V4s I’d completed on Wednesday, and struggled with the Junior Team Campus Training routes that I usually enjoy.
Endurance is obviously a large factor in the success of long routes or multi-pitch climbs, and I would assume that the best climbers out there have both an incredible level of endurance and efficient techniques for managing fatigue. I know that my climbing endurance is one of my biggest problem areas, and I’m curious as to how you deal with climbing fatigue.
- Where do you experience the most fatigue? Arms? Fingers? Somewhere else?
- Do you take certain steps or precautions between climbing sessions to ensure you are fresh for the next day?
- Do you train specifically for endurance climbs, and if so, what does that training involve?
- How do you manage fatigue in the middle of climbs?