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Posted by Nick Chavis on May 22nd 2017
For the past few years, I have been lucky enough to visit some of the most amazing climbing destinations all over the country. I love visiting new areas, sampling new classics, and experiencing new rock in general. Although it is incredible getting to spend so much time doing what I love, I have found a few ways to make the most out of the time I have at a new area. I have learned some crucial lessons that can make a climbing trip much more productive.
When I visit new climbing areas I am ridiculously psyched, most climbers are, and this excess of motivation to climb every visible boulder/route can be detrimental to your climbing trip. It is common for the overly psyched climber to charge all-out on day one and then discover that they, unfortunately, lack the skin/energy to finish off the 5-star classic mega line later in the trip. It has happened to the best of us.
To avoid overdoing it, here are a few helpful guidelines that I keep in mind when I’m traveling to a new area:
Hopefully keeping these tips in mind will help you to have a fun and productive climbing trip regardless of how hard you climb or whether your roping up or bouldering. I also like to keep in mind that, regardless of how successful I am on a trip, I am lucky to be able to visit these amazing climbing destinations. I try just to enjoy being outside with friends.
Nick Chavis is a Butora athlete and route setter. Keep up with Nick on Instagram @nchavis92
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