Group photo to end of day 1 bouldering at Toyota! Great success!
So Yuji-san brought us to Mitake to boulder. It’s a place near where he stays near the mountain. It was really cold but it was fantastic! Climbed with Aaron and Caroline. We did simple V3-V6. Nothing big, but the feeling was fantastic! Touching rock again.. And before the competition even started! Can’t wait for more next week! The weather is cold and the fingers are always numb, but I’m trying to suck it up and just bear with it cos it’s worth it!
Coming to Japan this time for a second round still gave me the kicks. Talked to James and Caroline about their sponsorship stuff and it’s pretty cool. Basically they plan expeditions and stuff, not necessarily performance based. I hope I get to do that one day. Currently TNF is still insisting on talking to MOE on getting me on cos they really want me. Haha. My eyes have been opened and it’s good hearing from these athletes themselves, and get ask them questions, etc. it’s not about competition all the time, we can give back to the sponsors through advertisement mostly, especially trips and reports. But most importantly on our end, we also get to choose where to go. That what keeps them going. And it’s like an open jio kinda thing, “hey, wanna go to London”, or “come join us on our Philippine expedition?”
James and Caroline are really nice to talk to, and without the language barrier, I understand things a little better too. Carols also a teacher! I guess I don’t feel so shy on this trip. :) Made a lot more friends this time!
Well, semis is tmr. GAMBA! So so psyched. I don’t need World Cups to experience all these. I just needed the opportunity to go somewhere. We’re talking to Yuji on whether it’s possible to let the Intermediate climbers join the lower divisions next year. Hopefully!
✌️🏂❄️One cant get enough with pictures in the snow! Opportunities like these dont come easy. Dreams are meant to be chased, so start chasing. Start training, start being disciplined. So when you look back, you cant say you didnt try hard enough. 👊