Improve your sport-climbing onsight game.
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.