I’ve been bouldering with Harrison a good amount recently, and after two or so months of twice-a-week sessions I’m back to my natural plateau: good enough to send a decent number of routes through sheer muscle memory and core strength, but not good enough to tackle the next tier up which require heretofore unfathomable levels of grip strength and technique.
To work on my technique and break my bad habit of brute forcing routes, I’m working on practicing silent feet. This is exactly what it sounds like: focusing on making your feet movements as quiet as humanly possible when bouldering.
Implicit in “quiet” is a number of important things: confidence and precision with initial hold contact; control and grace extending from your core so you don’t loudly smack the wall; focus on extended comfort as opposed to letting your next obvious upward move guide your decision.
It’s increasingly obvious that this is a useful approach across disciplines. (Kent Beck famously writes “first make the change easy, then make the easy change.”):
Anyway. I think that’s the right level of ham-handed metaphor. My core hurts; I hope to send my first V5 this week.