I’ve been intrigued by the idea of curiosity for quite some time now. I guess you could say I’ve been curious about curiosity…
It seems that the worlds best climbers (as well as athletes in other sports and high performing individuals) has several things in common: Persistence, a growth mindset, a willingness to learn and explore, and perhaps even some stubbornness. All of these concepts relate to curiosity.
When it comes to movement, it’s easy to get stuck in the same patterns. We can also fall into the trap of thinking certain moves are impossible for us and end up walking away from climbs. If you’ve tried a move 20 times in the “same” way, this thought can easily slip into the mind. However, the small adjustments we do can make all the difference.
This article I wrote for Climbing Magazine explores these concepts both by examining the science and practical experience. I was fortunate to interview Mélissa Le Nevé for this article and chat about her process on Action Directe (5.14d) and other hard routes. It was both very fascinating and inspiring!
I hope you get the chance to read the article. It was a fun one to research and develop. Best of luck harnessing curiosity the next time you climb!