Any progression in climbing is dead as a fucking doornail.
Why is a doornail dead? I have no idea. But I just saw news that Jaws II in Rumney, NH had been sent for the third time and that it was temperature dependent. Reading this blurb evoked, for once, not a sense of jealousy, in that I will never be able to rock climb at that level of difficulty, but rather a sense of loss, in that the ideal surrounding one of my favorite pastimes is...junk. Fucking junk. Of course, one could attempt to claim exemption from this nonsense, but: most climbers I know personally suffer from some level of participation is this muckish drat of egotism and self-righteous bullshit surrounding climbing. This includes myself, whom I have gotten to know somewhat over the years.
So my point, of course, convoluted as it may seem, is that climbing needs to
SHUT THE FUCKING FUCK UP
...It's that simple: Shut the fucking fuck up. What I mean, of course, is that the more something so personal continues to be bastardized as a quantifiable and therefore 'progressive' sport, the more often a huge load of bullshit is going to be riding shotgun. Apologies to all the clothing and shoe companies who now rely on sensationalism to sell their products.
Since this is my weBLOG, I'd like to admit some dirty secrets about my own relationship to climbing. Then, I will hopefully shut up about climbing in order to have a more functional blog, perhaps about something else.
Climbing was at one point the most important thing in my life.
I am still incredibly egotistical and elitist about climbing in part because of the excessive gradation involved in rock climbing.
I look down on climbers who make stupid mistakes because I once made the same mistakes.
I hate indoor climbing. Wait. No. I hate the indoor climbing industry.
Difficulty and its pursuit have trumped adventure and in some sense, experience vis a vis my involvement in climbing. Also, my fingers are borderline arthritic and without intervention will certainly be so in 5-10 years.
Climbing is personal meditation. Progression is void.