Paul Robinson

Paul Robinson

Blog #4

The past month has been quite interesting and it seems like only yesterday that it was the beginning of April.  I finished my spring semester at the University of Colorado at Boulder and am now currently enrolled in a few summer courses in an attempt to get closer to the final goal of graduation.  But above all, I am very psyched for the upcoming World Cup in Vail, CO in just over 2 weeks!  The event is on June 4th and 5th and will be held during the Teva Mountain Games.

 

photo by Alex Kahn

Besides finals, papers, notes, and homework, I have been training to get prepared for the big event.  I spent an entire month doing mainly all sport climbing at the BRC in an attempt to build up a good endurance base before the event. I have personally become pumped way too quickly during the four climbs of the competition so I decided I would try my best to not let it happen this time around.  The endurance was good for me, but lately I have been going to CATS or the Spot to make sure that my power and finger strength is where it needs to be.  I have been training early in the days with my girlfriend when the gyms are empty to ensure that I get in a full 3 hour workout. We also have the gym practically to ourselves and can get on whichever routes we want!

 

photo by Alex Kahn

I have not been getting outside that much but am very excited to again once the training is over with and the competition is done.  I am very psyched for this upcoming weekend; I will be heading to Joes's Valley with Alex and meeting up with good friends Rocco and Mary.  Rocco has mentioned a ton of amazing projects around Joe's that he is very excited to show me.  I am really looking forward to seeing some new lines and hopefully having some good conditions to try them all!  Photos to come!

photo by Alex Kahn

Besides all of that, I just am very happy and psyched to be where I am right now.  Boulder is warming up and the Park and Evans are going to be amazing in the next few weeks.  The projects up there are constantly streaming through my head and I can't wait for a chance to try them again this season.  After finishing summer school in the first week of July, Alex and I are headed on a one and a half month road trip, traveling mainly along the northwest coast!  I cannot wait to start the trip and am so psyched to search out new lines as well as send classics along the way!  I very much look forward to seeing and hopefully trying Chris Sharma's "Dream Catcher" and Tim Clifford's "The Singularity."  Both look to be super hard but some of the most classic lines that Squamish has to offer and I would love to make the second ascent of both of them!  Check back soon for Joe's pictures and a recap of the World Cup in Vail, CO!

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