Jimmy Webb & Matty Hong are scheduled to be the guests. Leave any questions you think might make good topics either here on on Youtube (just Youtube during the show).
@Jimmy, how much of your success do you attribute to your training (ex. you trained for your Rocklands trip)? Do you believe you would have come this far only projecting hard moves and routes? Have you personally seen a different level of progression when you do train with a systematic approach?
@Matty, I have never heard of your training methods. Please share your thoughts/philosophy. Do you look to organized training methods only when you see your progress stagnate or do you utilize it regularly to ensure progression?
@Jimmy/Matty, We would all love to climb as strong as either you guys so what is it about your methods, style, or preparation that has allowed you to send so many high level routes? None of us can control limb length, genetics, height, or age when we started…so what is it that you think you’ve done differently?
There surely must be some commonalities amongst the athletes in the highest levels of this sport other than just better than average genetics.
@Narc, what makes you so incredibly susceptible to injury?
I don’t think the show is long enough to get into that topic
@Jimmy, you’ve suggested several downgrades to various hard boulder problems (props for voicing your opinion), What sort of reactions have you had from Daniel, Dave, the other people who did the FA’s of those problems?
Here are a few questions for Jimmy, Matty and later guests:
What were your career/life aspirations before climbing, and if you had to stop climbing tomorrow what would you do instead?
Where would you like to see the sport in 5/10/20/50 years? More mainstream and popularized, or keeping it low-key? Related: as the sport grows in popularity, how do you see the low-impact/clean ethic playing into the story?
There’s an interesting section in Dave McLeod’s book “9 out of 10 climbers make the same mistakes,” about just how much the fear of falling holds back many climbers from reaching their potential. He’s talking primarily about rope climbing, but his assertions could apply to bouldering as well. I lead climb on a regular basis, but after reading this section I realized that my fear of falling does negatively affect my technique. Specifically, I tend to climb much slower and more cautiously (aka getting pumped fast) when above my last piece. Most of us have seen an otherwise skilled climber’s technique and confidence fall apart as soon as they get a few feet above a bolt.
McLeod’s point seems obvious, yet overcoming this fear rarely comes up in interviews with elite climbers. I’d find it interesting to hear if Webb and Hong had to work at overcoming it, and any other tips or comments they might have on the subject.
JImmy, looking at your 8a card, one can see that you have progressed very consistently over the years. It seems like you manage to climb a little better every year without ever really hitting a plateau. What do you think is the key to your consistent personal progression?
Jimmy, talking to some other elite boulderers they say that you are the largest of all of them (height and weight). How big are you? Do you feel it has been an advantage/disadvantage to you when compared to the small/skinny guys?
@Jimbo, In recent months you have been all over the climbing sphere and been on a tear both in the comps and on the blocs(Ring of Fire, Psicocomp, 1%er, Ice Knife, Wheel of Wolvo, Let the right one in, Delirium, and flashes of Sky, The Vice). Seven months ago I knew you as the dude who broke the crux hold on witness the fitness, but now you are that dude who has sent everything in Colorado after moving there in August and now you have to put up your own stuff because you’ve done it all. What changed? Why did I not know much about the dude who flashed Sky before he flashed it? What caused your popularity to suddenly skyrocket?
I LOVE that Jimmy’s climbed at the holies, the beach, and jackson in SoiLL. makes sending a problem that much more inspiring. Maybe hes the one who put up jimbo’s at the beach?? the world will never know…
To Jimmy. Having climbed with you for years. What if any of the problems, (from the deep south) would you call world class test pieces. Also are you still are southern boy aka redneck at heart.
Mentors from the Begining:
@ Matty. It seems both of you have had great mentors from the beginning of your climbing careers. Matty, obviously your father is a boss. I can’t help but think all of his knowledge and strategy, positive drive, and success as a climber has rubbed off on you and helped focus your mind to achieve whatever you set your heart on. Would you consider this to be true. What is the way you approach something at your limit. Maybe even something that (unknowingly may be beyond your limit). How much of that relates to your initial perception of climbing and the attitudes of the mentors around you?
@ Jimmy. I remember when I first ran into you back in ’05/06? climbing with Jeremy Walton. I had know clue who you were, but I knew Walton could crush anything he got on (a gifted beast, I joked he was the second coming of Litz) I’ve always wondered how much having someone like that in the infancy of your climbing career influenced you? As noted, you have never seemed to show a plateau – yet, which is incredible! Almost all the top names in the sport, Minus Ondra and a select others, have kinda always been, Jimmy,you on the other hand keep pushing further and further and further. I’ve enjoyed reading your personal philosophies on no expectations, centering your reality in the now, and keeping your journey to your own path. Still How much, if any, did having such a naturally gifted role model/motivated partner push you to achieve the goals you have achieved?
To both of you. Congratulations on all you have accomplished and all you will achieve. May you stay Healthy and Motivated. The climbing community is truly inspired by you both!
So glad that Jimmy said V2-V6 and not V5-V10
Thanks again to everyone for their great questions and your interest in the show!
Awesome 3rd installment, thumbs up.
That was awesome. What a rad couple of dudes. I had to watch Jimmy’s Rocklands video (again) after that interview, Unreal that all those sends were done first go! Looking forward to the next episode.
I liked this much better than last week. (I still liked last week though…) I thought the venue was cool in this interview.
It was the same venue as last week actually we just added some good lights. Made a huge difference! Good feedback though–we must be on the right track with lighting then?
1 & 3 have been the best so far. keep up the good work!!
That was fantastic. Thanks Narc and LT11.
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