Ashley visualizing the moves on "Hardware" last week.
After years of bouldering, Ashley has had some difficulty getting used to leading sport routes again. She started trying a few leads last Summer, but when the stress of the school year hit, she decided that she didn't want the added effort of fighting fear each weekend. So she's been spending the majority of our sport climbing days doing toprope laps on my projects.
But recently an article on fighting phobias ran in Time magazine. It said that one way to reduce fear is for people to be put into scary situations, that bring out the fear, but then turn out alright. So Ashley forced herself to take a couple lead falls on "Hardware" last week. It was a scary situation for her that turned out fine, and it looks like the method helped quite a bit. This week she almost redpointed "Hardware," and took a short fall while trying.
Ashley taking the sharp end on "Hardware."
After getting "Hardware" off of my project list, I realized that I have so many other projects to get back on, areas to check out, and boulders to develop, that I was beginning to lose track of them all. So I compiled a list of climbing related plans on a notecard. Over 22 things that could keep me busy for years. So much to do... hope I've got a lot of time.