James Pearson skipped bolt & placed gear on A Denti Stretti 5.14a, Balmanolesca, Val d’Ossola, Italy (in the rain!)

It’s funny how you can sometimes make your best performance when you least expect it, when you feel tired, or weak, or just don’t care any more!  I have never been good at coping under pressure; if I put too much time, attention, or focus into one moment then I often crumble!  …Once I let go of the goals… there is only climbing.  There is only you, making moves, and you just have to make enough of those moves in a row, and don’t let go!

source | photo: Riky Felderer