TNF Athlete, illona Pelser made her annual pilgrimage to Montagu after she competed in (and won) the 2014 Rock Master Competition in Cape Town.
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The event saw some of the best climbers in the country congregate in the climbing hall, to compete for the coveted Rock Master Trophy.
The first ever deep water solo competition, in Africa, took place at Wilgerpoort, South Africa.
Pictures of a glorious new crag that he had found near Delville Wood. Palms sweated and questions flew as we drooled over the superbly long and steep walls we were seeing.
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One of South Africa’s top female climbers took some time out in Montagu to chat with us…
My palms are sweating, my breathing erratic, my pulse is racing. I’m gripped from the moment my feet leave the ground. I’m lunging for holds. I’m over-gripping. This is ridiculous. I trust my belayer. This isn’t a difficult grade for me.
So what is mental training? Well there is more to it than just thinking positive. It’s a technique that is not only useful for increasing your confidence and chances of success but it also stimulates the same neural pathways you need to use those muscles.