The final comp of the season was last weekend. The world championships were an incredible end to the year for me. I'm not going to go into masses of detail about this competition but rather how the comps in general have changed my opinion on how I want to live my life.
The World Championships took place in the 1972 Olympic Park in Munich. A fantastic piece of architecture featuring really interesting wavy glass roofs all over. Going to all these new places has meant I've had the chance to see amazing things, like the: Arc De Triumph, Niagra Falls and obviously the Olympic Stadium in Munich.
In Munich I got to see all my friends that I haven't seen in a long time. By travelling to these different countries I got to meet old friends and also make a lot of new friends! It's great to catch up with old friends; finding out what they've been up to and I love meeting new people.
I managed to top one boulder out of quite a hard set in Munich. Over the 5 comps I did, I felt I progressed through all of them and improved both physically and mentally.
Basically, I've had the time of my life this summer and it was because: I kept moving around, got to see old friends, saw them climbing really well, and had lots of great experiences which I want to carry on.
Every time I come home I just think about the next trip I have planned and when is the next time I will get to leave the country. My life is going to be made up of as much travelling as I can possibly fit in. As long as I can afford to do it, I will do it.
On the note of meeting old friends, I happened to be sat next to John Ellison on the flight home on Sunday. I've known John for quite a while but I had never had the chance to speak to him for so long and in so much depth about how Cancer and the charity has affected his life. He smiles probably far more than the average person, which is incredible under the circumstances. I think we should all follow in his footsteps. He has a great outlook on life and I personally think if I can be anything like him them I'll have a happy life.
An inspirational moment at the CAC donation before finals
Also, definitely buy a Climbers Against Cancer t-shirt or 2, or 3 if you get a chance.
Till the next trip...