It has been a long time since Iíve written one of these blogs for this website. I used to really enjoy blogging here until I received a couple of negative messages for my spray. But recently, I came to the conclusion that their views donít matter, and Iím going to continue to blog just because I like it.
I believe that the last blog I put up was a little more than a year ago and a lot has happened since then. I went to Hueco and had a pretty good time. Also, I got my drivers license, so there has been a big spike in new Swan Falls and Reynolds Creek problems. Most people donít understand that these areas are really high quality and have tons more potential. Swan Falls by itself hosts three star problems ranging from great fun V4 problems to nasty V13 huck-fests, and most problems are really nice on the hands. But more on that to come.
Okay, so Iíve been into this theory that Iíve been thinking about for about 6 years, and have only recently come to a little bit of a conclusion: What is the ultimate athlete? Or, maybe more intriguing, WHO is the ultimate athlete, and what makes him/her so great? Who is the best, and how do you define the best? My quest has been to become the best all around athlete in the world since I first slipped on a pair of climbing shoes and heard this question from an old man.
In ancient times, thousands of years ago, you were judged based on your survival. How you survived was based on three things: How good you were at Swimming, Running, and Rock Climbing. Running and strength has been as much a part of my life as climbing. In fact, I spend more time lifting weights and running on a track than I do actual climbing. I believe that, based on these 3 things, I could possibly be the ďBestĒ athlete ever. This, obviously, is very debatable, mostly because the subject of the ďBestĒ is pretty touchy. Also, we donít live in ancient times anymore, so my skills add up to just about squat.
It is hard to describe who or what the ďBestĒ is, and when it is discussed, feelings are usually hurt and egos are most always crushed. I looked up the word ďBestĒ in the Websterís dictionary. Here is what it said:
Best: Having the most advantage or success.
Having the MOST successÖThis does not mean always successful, or even most of the time successful. Just MORE successful than everybody else. So who is the best climber? Iím not sure, but I think itís the person who has had more success. Whether it is just personal success or climbing the hardest grades, or maybe itís the person training the hardest, I donít know. Iíll update more about this later.
Blog by: Matt Fultz