So what’s your excuse?

posted by dpm on 03/02/2009

Can't find time to finish that project? Maybe next time?  That hold feels greasy; the rubber on my shoe isn't sticking.  How about I am a mother of 4, married, and a full-time nurse, I just don't have time to climb!  That last excuse seems pretty specific; well it is specific to Jacinda Hunter, everything except the last part about not having time to climb.  Over the last several months the woman has been on a tear both in bouldering and sport climbing, ripping up everything she laces up for.  DPM caught up with her after her most recent ascent of Breaking the Law, a Dave Graham rig that checks in at 5.14b. 

DPM: How many days projecting did this take you?

JC:  Towards the end I started to lose track of the days but all in all it was around 20 day's total

DPM: Why this line? Could you give us a run-down of the crux or your crux?

JC: I was originally planning on trying Old World Lullaby at Black and Tan, but honestly the movement was a little strange and I couldn't figure out the crux move.  I ended up just getting on Breaking the Law, "just to see."  The movement on the route was unlike any other I had tried before and I instantly fell in love with it.   The crux consisted of a hard power boulder problem pulling a roof, to a crimpy, techy, scary (because I'm not used to climbing so far above my last bolt), 5.12 slab.  I spent many days gaining power to pull each individual move, starting with the highest, hardest, drop knee I have ever done, in order to reach far for the lip.  Matching and clipping the lip was the next difficult sequence, followed by the final crux move to a small under cling requiring another high step and seriously hard pull to latch a crimp.   I fell consistently on this last move for days.  At times, especially when the weather was cold it became difficult to stay consistent, but thanks to my awesome husband and family, I stuck with it. 


Jacinda in the crux of Breaking the Law

The last two weeks of working the route, I was pretty ill, with a fever and cough.  I think in the end it actually helped me send.  After not climbing for over a week, and feeling sick, I approached the route for the first time, without any expectations.  I believe it was this relaxed state of mind that allowed me to climb within my full ability and send. 

DPM: The biggest question is how?  You are a full-time mom, regular job, husband has a regular job, how is it that you can train and still get stronger while balancing your responsibilities?

JC: My husband I are both registered nurses for the same company.  We have a great schedule of working seven days on which we split, and then we have seven days off together.  We have been traveling to St. George on our week off to tackle projects.  Basically we climb in the gym when were home, and outside when were off.  Our kids are home schooled so the traveling does not interfere with studies and we get a lot of family time together.

DPM: What are your kids up to at the crag if you're climbing?

JC: Going to the crag with the kids is always a bit epoch, and some days turn out better than others.  We set up a tent for the girl's ages 5 and 3, and bring a ton of dolls and of course their Barbie castle.  They do pretty good playing together and don't seem to mind. Since they don't have television at home, it's a normal day for them to entertain themselves with their imaginations.  The boys a little older ages 10 and 8, have walkie talkies so they can go on hikes and stay in touch.  They love exploring and practicing to throw their Chinese throwing stars at a target.  We usually only climb 3 or 4 days of the week, so the other time is spent going on family hikes, or to the skate park, and swimming in the hotel pool.

DPM:  You keep switching from rope to bouldering, what's next on your project list?

JC: I am not really sure what my next project will be, but I am psyched to do a little bouldering and just stay fit