What is Training?

re: The Hyperdrive Project

The Process:
Looking into climbing training specifics you will almost always find that “Climbing is the best Training”. Hands down this is fundamentally the best method, everything else is supplementary.

That said, it is not always possible to train directly by climbing for any number of reasons and therefor secondary methods may need to be utilised with an endless number of options available thanks to the ever developing progress of this sport. More on that later..

For this post however I want to focus specifically on direct training on your rock project and having the possibility to do so, as in my experience it is much more enjoyable.

Spending time in the outdoors is always one of my favourite endeavours, having found climbing to allow me to further pursue this passion is the biggest bonus thus far.

Over the years I have greatly enjoyed spending time in & taking care of the many amazing locations that nature has to offer and getting to know the little nuances of the places I have visited has been a fantastic reward. Sending my projects has evolved into a natural progression & has indeed become a byproduct of, you guessed it, The Journey!

For The Hyperdrive Project I found the best training was to spend regular training sessions (mostly 1x per week during the colder months) at the cave practicing the various sections allowing the movements to become automatic, allowing me to focus mostly on my breathing. Once I had reached this stage it would only be a matter of time.

After the 32 moves of vertical roof climbing of Shaka Laka Boom V13, the final boulder of this project Major Lightweight V11 drastically changes the style of all the previous climbing & requires a direct change in gear, having enough in the tank is the single most vital component alongside having all the moves dialled & being 100% focused.

I spent several visits practicing the final boulder at the end of the session trying to simulate the level of fatigue that I would be in when reaching this from the beginning.

The final result is an attribution to this particular training approach.

Here is a short Vid of the Training process, enjoy:

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