Hypnotized Minds 8C+ by Matt Fultz

Tuesday, 29 September

Matt Fultz, who did his first 8C, out of eleven, 18 months ago, has done Daniel Woods' Hypnotized Minds 8C+ in RMNP. Amazingly, the 29-year-old has had an almost continuous progress during the last ten years, with a peak the last year that moved him to #3 in the 8a ranking game. (c) West Mountain Media

From his Insta. "Such a process...In 2018 I made some big, promising links during just my 2nd session trying it. However, a few tries in I totally annihilated a pulley in my left index finger. Took months to heal. Took longer to mentally recover and decide to try Hypno again. Then followed hesitation, regression, doubt, bad weather, traveling for comps...the goal seemed to get further the more I tried it. But I continued to return with reckless optimism. Early Spring 2020 I made it to the last move and fell, but just days before I left for Switzerland.

COVID hit, RMNP shut down, and I struggled with situational depression. I gained 10 pounds. Climbing was the last thing I wanted to do. Even still, I would run through the moves in my mind once each night before bed. As July rolled in and climbing outside was given the green light, motivation began to swell again. Everything in my control was directed toward improving my chances at Hypno in the Fall. "

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