Climbing Inspiration with Guillaume Raymond – Flashing “Eggs” in Bishop, California

I just got back from an exhausting climbing session, and I’m pumped.

Sure, my arms and legs are a bit of a wreck, but that’s not what I’m talking about. As I mentioned the other day, I’m heading to Cuba for a week, and that means two things: delicious rum, and some amazing climbing. Believe it or not, Cuba is home to some great climbing spots, and I’m hoping to get in at least one foray this trip. Of course I’ll tell you all about it when I return.

In the mean time, Guillaume is back to show us another sweet spot in Bishop, California.

Enter Guillaume…

This week we return to Bishop California, climbing eggs…

Breath, breath, breath, soft eyes, keep the flow, don’t think – the moment you hit that phase you get out of your bubble. Don’t think… what a funny thing to say to yourself. We are built to think, yet in life or death situations, thinking puts you on edge. To quote a saying of Steven Kotler from his recent book The Rise of Superman: it’s flow or die.

Are you familiar with that concept? If not, I really suggest you give it a Google! Flow is a non-thinking phase, where it’s only execution. When topping out a boulder like that one (around 37 something ft), a mistake usually means a run to the hospital, so you have to flow.

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I hope you feel inspired to get off your lazy ass and giving climbing a try, and if you have any questions at all, don’t hesitate to leave us a comment below and we’ll do our best to answer them for you. Until next time!

Guillaume Raymond is a North Face athlete and is sponsored by Revolution, L’écurie, Climbing Hold Review, Shakti Rock Gym, and Project Holds.



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