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Year 1: Completed

2013 has come to a close. I would like to thank you all for sharing in this thing we call ‘Climbing Life’. It has been a fun year. A good year. This post serves as the Year-in-Review for the first year of Real World Climbing (well… year and 25 days). Below I will share the top posts of the year in the following categories: most views, most comments, most shares, and authors choice. Without further adieu.

Most Viewed Post

ring on binerRelationship on the Rocks

This was by far the most viewed post.  It was also one of my favorites to put together.  My friends are digging in with wedding plans and it looks like September 27th 2014 will be the big day!  This post also received a notable link-back from

Most Commented Post

Rock 'n RoadGuidebook Collection

This was a fun post because so many of you chimed in with your recommendations.  It makes me want to pack up my gear and my family and check out your favorite climbing spots.

Most Shared Post

tito2Tito Traversa Tragedy

This was a short write up on the sad news of the accidental death of the 12 year old Italian phenom Tito Traversa.  The post was meant to serve as a reminder that even though climbing can be extremely rewarding, we should never become complacent and numb to the inherent dangers.  About 6 months have passed, and I hope that we remember to double & triple check our gear, our partners, and ourselves.  Have fun and keep safe, all while pushing the limits.

The Author’s Pick

20131101_162643[1]The Ultimate Training Tool

One of my earliest posts has actually been one of my favorites so far.  I played around with the idea of a home climbing wall ever since I started climbing.  I designed dozens of wall before I ever pulled the trigger and built my first.  To me designing a functional and fun wall is a big part of the excitement; playing with all the options that a particular space allows and then seeing it all come together.  Even in 2013 I have done several modifications on my own wall and have designed 2 more walls for friends.

Yes, 2013 was a great year.  But, I look forward to what 2014 brings to the table.  I look forward to further developing this blog and sharpening up the content.  I have quite a few post ideas in queue and I welcome your feedback, suggestions, and requests.

Thanks again for sharing your climbing journey with me.  And …

~ Climb 4 Real ~

2013 … Goals

I am a big advocate of setting goals. I also am notorious for setting extremely lofty goals. This year, I’m setting goals that are progressive yet attainable. [Vegas odds of 70% +]

I’ve heard of (from several sources) climbers setting yearly goals revolving around their birthday that year. An example would be: I’ll be 31 years old this year, so I’ll climb 31 routes above 5.11. Or the Birthday Challenge: Climb 31 pitches in the 24 hours of their birthday. (IMPRESSIVE) I’ve also come across yearly goals corresponding with the Calendar Year. Example: Climb 20 5.11’s in 2011. Or send 12 5.12’s in 2012.

CragMama has a few years of track record documented on her blog, both with the setting of goals and the evaluation of those goals at the end of the year. I’d encourage you to check it out.

In her blog she uses several corresponding numbered goals. #2 – Try at least one 5.13 in 2013. #4 – Send 5 V5 boulders. In the past she’s done: send 12 5.12’s in 2012.

So here is my rendition of 2013 climbing goals.

20 – Twenty days of outdoor climbing. This may not sound like such a large goal. But some things to consider: (1) This would be about double what I did in 2012. Poor planning and just plain busyness are my faults. This is a modest goal that I genuinely feel I can accomplish IF I make it a point of focus (which I am doing now) & (2) I live in Minnesota (nuff said). I will accomplish this by getting out at least 2 days per month at the local crags. Also I have plans in the works for 2-3 destination excursions.

13 – Thirteen routes sent at 5.12a or higher. I have done 4 – 12a’s in the last two seasons, all in only 2 attempts. This demonstrates 3 things. (1) I don’t get outside nearly enough, (2) I (we) goof off a tad too much when I do get the rare outdoor day, & (3) I can climb harder. This too will take some good planning and discipline to accomplish, but I feel it is highly attainable.

AND – I too would like to give a true attempt at my first 5.13 in 2013. I am really hoping to take a return trip to Jackson Falls this November. Jackson Falls is a cool sandstone crag in So.Ill. The location is very cool. I’d love to jump on Red Corvette (13a). Or even stop by Pettenwell Bluff on the way home and give a go on Whiskey A Go-Go (13a). The fact that this goal is not revolving around success on the route makes this purely a logistical effort. Plus a self-image concern. If I am accomplishing the first 2 goals, I feel I will be READY for a 13a. But if I’ve only been outside 8 times this year and sent nothing above 12b … maybe I would feel like I don’t deserve it. Lets find out!!!

So I’m laying it all out there again. Let’s hear from you…
What climbing goals have you set for 2013?

~ Climb 4 Real ~

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