‘The Climb’: Rock Climbing Competition From Jason Momoa & Chris Sharma
prAna, the eco-focused outdoor apparel brand, sponsors both Sharma and Martin, and provided the prize for the series. Since gear is so essential to climbing, prAna has compiled Sharma’s top picks here, and Martin’s favorites here.
If watching the show inspires you to start climbing, Martin offers this advice: “Head to your local climbing gym as much as you can. Perhaps take an intro class if they offer it. Try to find climbers that have been doing it a while to climb with and learn from.” Above all, make sure you’re having fun, she says. “Enjoy the process and don’t get caught up on grades, progression, and plateaus. Continue to learn every day.”
For those old crag hounds that haven’t been on a wall or boulder in a long time, Sharma has some sage advice for you, too: “It’s really important to be patient. It can be frustrating coming back after a long time off. You have to pay your dues and build up the fitness and strength. It’s important to be mentally strong and best not to compare yourself with past achievements. If you put the time in, you’ll eventually get back to where you were. One of the best feelings is rediscovering and falling back in love with climbing.”
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