2020 Vision…did you catch my pun? A little dad joke-ish, but I thought it was fun. Eyesight jokes aside, however, it’s time for a list of climbing goals for the new year! As always, these goals are subject to change as the rest of the year unfolds. But looking ahead, this is what I’m aiming for in 2020.
FINISH THE 12 WALL AT HAWKSBILL: There are 3 routes left unsent for me on the 5.12 wall at Middle Hawksbill, and I would love to finish out the wall. The first one, Manifest Destiny 12b, is the only one of these unsent three that I’ve actually been on before. Though on paper it’s the easiest one on the wall, my previous attempt did not go well. However, that was almost 4 years ago, and my power and core strength have improved dramatically since then, so I’m hopefully optimistic this time around. The second one is Appalachian Spring 12c, a mixed route that looks like my favorite style of climbing – slightly overhanging crimps. The final one will likely be the hardest – Triple Bypass 13a. Never been on it, and don’t know anyone that has, but I guess there’s one way to find out about it!
STEALTH AND MAGIC 12d – I put 2 solid days in on this sucker last fall, and just when I felt pretty close, weather and holiday travel shut me down. Looking forward to hopping back on this come spring!
HIT 100 LIFETIME 5.12’s – As it stands right now, I’ve sent 93 5.12’s in the course of my journey as a climber. It breaks down like this (not counting repeats, and rounding a handfull of “slashy” grades up or down accordingly):
12a – 56
12b – 25
12c – 9
12d – 6
I’m hoping that in 2020 I will hit the century mark with 100 5.12 sends! While this goal isn’t really letter specific, ideally I would love to get those upper 12 numbers both in double digits while I’m at it!
TEN SLEEP 5.13? – We are headed back this summer – and this time we’re driiiiiiiiiiving!!!!! Well, 75% of us are. CragDaddy doesn’t have the PTO to make a long drive worth the trip, so to maximize our time, the kids and I are setting out several days early and making our way to Wyoming, where we’ll pick up our favorite partner in climb up at the Casper airport and keep right on rolling in to Ten Sleep. My goal at Ten Sleep always tends to be more star-chasing than number-chasing, but at this point I’ve done most of the classics in my onsight range, so I’d love to pick something harder and invest several days on it this time around and see how it goes. On a side note – we’ll be stopping in Nashville, St. Louis, Kansas City, and Denver – anybody wanna meet up and show us a good time?!?
The Enneagram 1 in me would love to see those goals at 5 rather than 4 just because it looks better that way…but I think these 4 will keep me busy enough this year, so I’d better stop here! I would love to hear what everyone else is hoping to accomplish this year though. Please comment below and we can cheer each other on!