— I’m excited to say we have an upcoming Q&A with Emily Harrington. Emily kindly took some time to talk to me on the phone this week. We talked about her career in climbing, which started when she was 10 years old, and has included such feats as climbing Mt. Everest and free-climbing Golden Gate (5.13). Emily said she definitely has more Yosemite big wall climbs in her future. If you haven’t watched the video of her climb, you should.
—It’s been 150 years since the first ascent of the Matterhorn. Climbing magazine gives us 10 facts about this iconic peak. “The glorious victory was marred when, during the descent, four of the seven climbers in the summit party fell to their deaths. The remaining three, including Whymper, likely would have fallen as well if the rope linking the men had not broken.”
— Rock and Ice has three strategies climbing more efficiently and recover faster. “The “dangling arm” shakeout is the technique universally used to foster recovery from a pump. There is a more effective method for accelerating forearm recovery, however, that I call G-Tox. It involves alternating the position of your resting arm between the normal dangling position and an above-your-head position.”
— Before you head out for your weekend, consider these thoughts on how climbing can help you at work (or just in life in general). From Crux Crush: “Be flexible. There are tons of factors you can’t control while climbing: crowded crags, humidity, holds breaking, injury, etc. So if you’re going to have any fun and success at all you have to be flexible. By this point you’re probably pretty good at rolling with the punches and adjusting your expectations at the crag, so there’s no reason not to do the same at work.”