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After an invitation from Rachel from Facebook, we realised our plan and went climbing at Puurs Klimax together!

From Breda Yvonne and I were lucky enough to join Pascal, Mirthe and Viola. Unfortunately we got stuck in traffic jam on the highway E19. Finally after 2 hours of driving we arrived at the climbing venue.

The weather was super! When we arrived at the climbing gym, we weren’t the only Dutch crew. Another big group of Dutch people from Heerlen arrived early in the morning. They started climbing at 10 A.M. already. Bunch of die hard climbers! 10 minutes before we arrived, a few team members arrived as well: Nikki, Elko and Tabitha. In total we were with a group of 13 Dutch people in Belgium! We set a nice record on a regular Saturday right?

I changed clothes quick, ate a sandwich and started climbing! I believe it was about 28 degrees, however when I was climbing it felt way hotter. I didn’t have a concrete plan though. I just wanted to climb some hard routes through the roof. That went pretty well!

Climbing in Puurs is quite unique. It’s a different style, a style you definitely need to get used to. Most of the routes are challenging and getting harder at the end. Nonetheless it’s really cool to climb here, it’s a nice way to practice your clipping skills. Falling out of the roof is also something you have to get used to. I like it though, I don’t think about falling, which is good so I can focus on the route!

Mirthe took more photos than me, which is quite unusual. You can view her photos here.

Anyway, enough about Puurs. Here is my yesterday’s climbing ticklist: 6a, 6a, 6a, 7a, 7b+, 7c, attempt 8a, attempt 8a and ended with a 7a. I trained well and I’m sure I’m not the only one who felt good about it! I want to climb often at Puurs, the environment feels more comfortable though. It’s a good sign for the Worldcup Lead, which is pretty soon on my calendar!

Hey there!

Christmas is right around the corner. Just a few more days and it will be 2011. Hopefully 2011 will bring lots of climbing competitions, progression and training sessions. I hope everyone will enjoy climbing as much as I do. Warmest wishes to all my readers here at Happy holidays!

I’d like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a healthy climb year!

The lead season from 2010 has passed by in no time.

Since January I’ve been attending weekly team training or climbed at least 3 times a week. In November I figured I’ll give my body some rest. 16 full days, in other words, 2 weeks I haven’t touched any climbing holds at Monk Bouldergym. Luckily I spent my time with family, friends, work etc. My climb rest obviously influenced my body and mind in a positive way.

As of today I’ll start attending our weekly team training again. I’m so psyched yeah!

Most of us needed a rest day after such an intensive competition. Sunday felt like a typical rest day.

In the morning we had breakfast together. Wouter, Vera, Nicky and Channah did some grocery shopping at the local supermarket. Casper fixed us scrumbled eggs with bacon. Delicious breakfast!

After breakfast we hit the roads for 20 minutes. We went to Burbage South to explore some rocks.

It was good to be outdoors. We took a nice walk between the rocks while the sun was shining.

Together with Ferdinand, Casper, Michiel and Nicky, we went home. Some of us grabbed their books and started to study while having a nice cup of coffee. I had nothing to do and felt like writing an update for my webpage.

In the evening chef Wally and sous-chef Vera prepared pasta for dinner. For the first time We were having dinner in the knight room. It was a cozy dinner with a nice atmosphere.

After dinner we were talking about our program for the rest of the week. Hopefully the sun will shine because we really want to feel some rocks!

This weekend was the Blok Open event in Hoboken at Belgium. I was about to participate but I had to cancel last minute due to extreme weather conditions. I decided to skip this event because the roads were slippery and train transport was limited.

To be honest, I was looking forward to this event. However at times it is nice to have a peaceful weekend and just enjoy your spare time.

Next Saturday Dust 2010 is on my agenda and I will participate in this event. See you next week in Monk bouldergym.

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The competition season has come to an end.

The promotop competitions went well. The boulder events were amazing. The boulder qualifications was somewhat less than expected however the championships made up for it. Besides indoor climbing, I was able to find more time to climb outdoors this year. I am content about all of this.

I added competitions to my event list and I feel like climbing again! Furthermore there are some changes about climbing. I don’t know what my climbing future / goals will look like but I will share that next year.

For now I would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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