Right now I’m at the Nordic Youth Camp on the small
I’m lucky, I get to see a lot of top climbers doing really hard stuff and I don’t have to watch it on film. Sharma, Graham, Ramon, Ondra. I’ve climbed with them and I’m blown away by their strength and ability. But occasionally, very occasionally, I’m truly moved by someone’s efforts, where actual grades are unimportant but the tenacity, the drive to succeed, and the love of the sport shines through. Here on the island I watched 12 year old Bryndis trying a boulder problem over and over again, closer and closer every time. Energy and skin were diminishing and time was running out. Everyone was willing her on as she fought desperately to sort her feet with boots two sizes too big. I leant her mine, a pair of 5.10 anasazi, for probably the last chance of the day. But it was the last go anyway, as she nailed it, just! Awesome. I gave her the boots, she absolutely deserved them. And everyone watching got a glimpse of what it takes to be your best.