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How do you handle the winter blahs?

Sara Lingafelter
Sara Lingafelter
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Usually, I’m the one giving advice, but it dawned on me… a whole lot of smart people, who have been “in it” much longer than I have read this blog. Now it’s your turn to chime in.

How do you handle the off-season blahs?


This fall has been very mild, but work and other commitments have conspired against me getting outside as much as I’d like. It’s now December (although if you ask me, it still feels like October) and unlike most years, I don’t have a winter trip planned. Two years ago, it was Joshua Tree… last winter, Red Rock. I was *this close* to buying tickets to Las Vegas for this weekend since there was a chance of meeting up with a climbing partner or two there… but I wasn’t able to make it happen. There’s still a pretty good chance that I’ll get to Las Vegas this winter, but nothing on the calendar yet, which means it’s only a vague daydream and not something to look forward to.

I used to take a month off during the winter, but knock on wood — it just doesn’t seem necessary now that I’m better conditioned. I climb in the gym several times a week… I keep up with my weight training, although my diet and cardio definitely aren’t what they are during bikini season. I turn my attention toward my reading and writing about climbing, and I watch climbing videos and spend time not climbing with my climbing friends, and catching up with my non-climbing friends.

Am I missing anything? What are your tips and tricks for getting through the climbing off-season?

Not Climbing

Sara Lingafelter

Sara (Grace) Lingafelter takes steps forward and backward toward a right-sized life on a daily basis.