Climb, fail, repeat. In a time where failure is largely frowned upon, we love it at the CRUX. It teaches us why we failed, and it teaches us the grit that drives us on through failure until we succeed. Take the following story for evidence.
We just brought our eight week Fall climbing club to a close. This time around we had a resounding two climbers, both were elementary aged girls who were relatively new to the sport. Lindsey, in particular, had very limited experience with climbing. She was with us for our first Fall session, and stuck around to go through the second session as well. While our attendance was low, the impact was nonetheless huge.
Part of our climbing lessons for this age are to teach goal setting, and how to work towards that end. One of Lindsey’s goals was to climb as far as she could straight across the bouldering wall. For roughly fourteen weeks, she struggled across the first section and ALWAYS failed at the exact same spot. Many weeks she would leave club, frustrated that she could get no further than she did. However, she stuck with the goal, kept practicing, kept failing, and kept trying again. Finally, two weeks ago, she walked in and nailed it. She immediately jumped onto the wall and climbed right past her failure point. In fact, she more than DOUBLED her record. Overcome with joy as she fell off the wall, she exclaimed, “I’m getting better!”
Lindsey learned the value of failure, and repetition. The natural consequence of this was she worked even harder, and failed even more, as she kept trying to expand her record…which she has done in her final two sessions.
What then, can we say climbing teaches us? Like Lindsey’s story teaches us: Climb, fail, repeat, succeed.