IN SES­SION

Im­prove your sport-climb­ing onsight game.

Climbing - - CONTENTS - BY HEATHER WEIDNER

Many climbers con­sider onsighting to be the purest style. On-the-fly prob­lem solv­ing, know­ing how to re­cover, and hold­ing on de­fine a game in which you have only one shot. As a Las Ve­gas na­tive and sport climber of 15 years, I see onsighting as climb­ing’s ver­sion of gam­bling: Just like bet­ting ev­ery­thing on 10 in roulette only to have the ball land on 33, the mo­ment you fall, you’re done. I’ve won a few times, in­clud­ing Blue Light Spe­cial (5.13a/b) in Ten Sleep, Wy­oming, and Peer 42 (5.13a) in Clear Creek Canyon, Colorado. But I’ve had way more losses—near misses. How­ever, un­like gam­bling, it’s not all dumb luck: You can up your onsight level with savvy plan­ning and ex­e­cu­tion.

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