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By Brendan N. (grayhghost)
From Salt Lake City, Utah
Jan 8, 2013

I promised a review after I finished so here it is. This was the first real goal I have set in climbing. By 'real' I mean it conforms to the rules laid out in Eric Hörst's article here.
Goals like this are a crucial step towards meaningful improvement over a climbing career. Each one of my climbing sessions suddenly gained purpose. Was I moving forward towards my goal? By defining my goal, defining my current level, and making a roadmap to close that gap, I had a plan every time I went to the gym.
It also changed my attitude at the crag. I had a limited number of days so every one had to count. I could not leave a route for another time, it needed to get done, today. This limitation forced focus and perseverance, qualities that I didn't have in the past.
I am glad Lewis provided the spark and hope the link above helps others set good goals for the new year.

Finishing up 20 13s before 2013 with 15 days to go.
Finishing up 20 13s before 2013 with 15 days to go.


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By Jon Rhoderick
May 7, 2013

Last year I made the goal of climbing 12, 5.12s in the year 2012. I climbed my first on June 30th, and had 2 layoffs from other life that got in the way. 12 in a calendar year still appeared to me, and was a fairer goal to myself since I essentially had less than 6 months left in 2012. It took a while to build momentum, but I kept meeting psyched partners and things started falling into place. I couldn't have done it without the support of all the friends and family who care for me. Each of my first 12 5.12s had a different belayer, something I'm really proud of because each send has a story to it as well. I finished 55 days ahead of my deadline, with two of my most important sends so far, my first 5.12c's.

Goals are entirely personal, and private, I usually don't brag but I am soo stoked this all came together for me. 6 more routes to go and then I need a new ticklist.


Planet Mechanic
Planet Mechanic

#1 Planet Mechanic 12a

#2 Heinous Cling 12a

#3 Try to be Hip 12a

#4 Cool Ranch Extension 12a

#5 Magic Light Extension 12a

#6 Latest Rage 12b

Crossfire, photo by Gin Lang
Crossfire, photo by Gin Lang

#7 Crossfire

Getting over the roof
Getting over the roof

#8 Majestic Pigeon 12a

#9 Vision 12b

#10 Five Easy Pieces 12a

Peter Henry Photo
Peter Henry Photo

#11 The Quickening 12c

Chain Reaction
Chain Reaction

#12 Chain Reaction 12c


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