Like with most sports, it's not just about getting to the top. Read on to see some of the best lessons you learn from rock climbing.
1. Falling is good for you
If you try to climb and fall, that means you’re doing something that’s challenging for you. Challenging yourself means that you’re growing. That growth will help you become more resilient, which will help you off the rock as much as on it!
2. Bring a buddy
For most climbing, you need a buddy, whether that’s someone to spot you at the bouldering gym or catch you on the rope while climbing in the mountains. Your friends form a support group to catch you when you fall, cheer for your successes, and help you grow from your challenges. Helping friends accomplish their goals makes you a better and more compassionate team member. Plus, having a friend to split gear with means more room for snacks.
3. Double check, every time
Your life might not depend on you double-checking your essay or email for spelling mistakes, but it’s still a good idea.
4. Don’t measure yourself against others
For some people, success is just making it ten feet off the ground. It’s ok if you’re nowhere near crushing that steep, long terror of a climb, or getting straight As, or getting promotions as quickly as your second cousin. If you’ve made progress based on your skills and goals, then you’re well on the way to what success looks like for you.
5. Enjoy the view
It takes a lot of work to get to the top, so when you do, make sure you take a look around! Celebrate your successes and let yourself feel gratitude for the spot you’re in right now—and for how far you’ve come.
Molly is a NOLS instructor and writer. She loves the smell of her backpack and does her best writing before 7:00 am. When she's not scouting the next post for the NOLS Blog, she's running and climbing on rocks in Wyoming. Follow her on Instagram @mgherber