With time at premium once again as my Calc III class swings into full gear, I raced out of work today and headed up to a “project” I’ve tried off and on for a year or so, Carefully By Hand V12, at Elkland. I watched Daniel Woods climb the FA a year or so ago and have wanted to climb it since. I had tried it one day last week, and today conditions were perfect and I climbed it quickly. I probably spent 6 days in total and it’s been a while since I’ve climbed an established V12. Here’s the footage:
I went by myself, and as I often (but not always) do, I brought a camera to get the uncut footage. Much has been made about such footage (often on this site or the Climbing Narc’s) but my reasons for filming my ascents are a few. Here are some that come to mind: First of all, I simply like documenting that I climbed the problem for myself. That is to say, if it’s possible for me to have evidence of my ascent I’d like to have that. I like demonstrating that I’ve done what I say I’ve done, without question. Again, this is a personal choice and it’s not to say that those without uncut footage didn’t climb what they say they’ve climbed. Even if I were the last person on earth I would still film my ascents. Secondly, I enjoy contributing and sharing to the growing number of free internet climbing videos so that others may enjoy seeing new problems and watch them get climbed. I’ve certainly watched many of free videos out there and I am thankful that such videos exist. I also film because I simply enjoy sharing my motivation and love for climbing. And finally, I can use the video to analyze strengths and weakness in my own climbing. It never ceases to amazing me how many errors I can find in my own climbing, even when I make an ascent. Recognizing these errors is the foundation for personal improvement, and so the camera becomes another tooled I utilize to help my own technical progression in rock climbing. Regardless of the reasons for my filming or your watching, I hope you enjoy seeing the problem.