29 November 2022

Two 8c's by Bayes Wilder (11)

Bayes Wilder, who last year did his first 8c+, has been on a three week climbing trip around Lleida where he did 20 routes, (mainly onsight or flash), 7b and harder. In one day, the 11-year-old sent (video) in Santa Linya and Mistic 8c in Margalef. On Insta, here is part of how he described the hectic day.

"After sending La Fabelita, the two facts that it was still early in the day and that I felt strong and fresh made me super psyched to head back to Margalef and get on my other big project, Mistic 8c (5.14b). We went straight to the Cova Soleiada when we got back and I re-warmed-up on a 6c at the crag. Then I got on Mistic and did it on my first try of the day. I was so psyched that I had done both of my projects in the same day. It seemed unbelievable!"

We reached out to his father Matt, who's no stranger to high-end climbing, to give us some more insight.

What does a regular climbing week at home look like for Bayes?
Same climbing schedule of 3 * 2-hour sessions a week with his climbing team. Sometimes he stays after and climbs for a bit longer. We climb as a family an additional 1-2 days a week.

Is he on a home-schooling program?
As far as school goes, Bayes is in regular school. We took him out for 2 weeks and then the last week aligned with one of his vacations. He ended up missing only 9 days of school because one was a holiday. While gone, he still followed along with most of his classes and did the assignments he was able to do remotely.
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