Sport Climbing as Catalyst for Balance and Potential
Every time I watch a sport climber seamlessly glide from one hold to the next, holds that for the unpractised eye seem virtually nonexistent, and observe in disbelief how she gracefully grabs the rock for support with nothing but the skin of her finger tips, I am amazed. I love observing climbers work on a problem and overall objective to reach their highest potential – it is a beautiful and awe-inspiring journey to witness.
But what I’m most curious about is the underying truth, the reason why so many of them continue to climb – the reason beyond the competitive sport or fitness aspects of the sport.
PrAna Ambassadors Heather Robinson and Jacinda Hunter in my view exemplify the pure spirit why people take on this particular type of climbing. For Heather who is a full-time veterinarian in Las Vegas, it is about creating space, finding that balance and purpose in her life while having fun pushing herself to her limits. And for Jacinda, who is a mother of four with a full-time job, climbing is the driving force of her life – it is what inspires her to get up at 5 am every day – it is what has and continues to teach her about just letting go of all the day to day pressures and stresses in life and just climb. When she lets go, that’s when she has the ability to reach her highest potential.
These women must have found within climbing a way to channel energy – to free themselves of 'noise' and any challenges of the day, replenishing their spirits with clarity, perspective and purpose. Each climbing problem becomes a personal journey for change, from one level of personal awareness and potential to the next.
Heather on the first female ascent of Power Windows, 5.13d, at Mt. Potosi, Nevada.
Jacinda on the first ascent of Fantasy Island, 5.14b, American Fork Canyon, Utah