|By Ryan Williams
From London (sort of)
Jun 29, 2011
My plans are changing daily, but now it looks like I'm in Italy for a month, at sea level, and then heading straight to Wyoming for a trip to the Winds. The climbs we plan to do are a number grade or two below my limit but if I can find a partner that is up for it I want to try Black Elk, which is right at my limit. I'll obviously do some of the easier routes first to prepare but do you guys have any specific tips for how to prepare when in Italy.
I've searched a bunch and have a pretty good idea of what I'm in for, but I just wanted to get some direct info.
I've already began a running/biking program because I live in London right now and I thought I'd be heading to RMNP in July. But then I got the all expenses paid job offer in Italy for a month and can't turn it down. I might be able to climb some sport there, and maybe even some longer mountain routes, but it will depend on finding partners. If I can't climb at all?
I'll be running a lot and there are some long and hard hikes close by so I'll be doing those as well. But I'd like to do everything I can to stay in climbing shape and just don't know where to start. I was thinking of taking a set of rock rings to keep my skin tough. Any exercises you guys like? Campusing (Bachar Ladder style) if I can find somewhere to do it? I hear there is a boulder gym close by but I don't know how easy it will be for me to get down there.
Thanks! And if anyone knows a climber in Tuscany, I'm looking for partners!