I’ve never been a sports person. I generally dislike most of them: or maybe not as much as dislike, but just feel very indifferent about them. My ideal sport was:

There aren’t so many sports that fulfill these requirements. Before the pandemic, this would be running: getting out every day and doing 5km was kind of easy, cheap and a way to decompress. I prefered to do it after dinner, as a way to end the day, when the streets where mostly empty and I could put on a 35 minute album and just enjoy the music while running. Back in Barcelona, I used to run along the Rambla de Badal so much I even started to recognize the faces of fellow runners.

I lost all progres after Covid hit, and have failed to regain the habitude ever since. I tried a couple of martial arts as well over the years: judo was fun, but most of the people in class were awkward teenagers who had been at it for years already, so I didn’t enjoy it too much. Aikido was super fun, but, to be honest, it’s a bit too niche and quirky.

Climbing (and, specifically, bouldering), however… It’s loads of fun, and fullfills all my criteria for doing it. The fact that the problems are ephemeral (as they get changed every two weeks or so) makes it perfect.

Climbing notes

Writing about climbing is like reading about music, in that most of the learning is intrinsic to body placement and muscle memory rather than explicitly transmissible. Still, I think there are general principles that hold in theory and that benefit climber practice.

In my (limited) experience, there are two key principles to know about boulder climbing:

For the first principle, one has to be aware of several common mistakes:

A couple techniques one should check out after some attempts at the wall are:

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