During the first trip, I did my first orange wall! I also did two purples, seven greens, nine reds, and two yellows. The second time around, I completed two purples, six greens, seven reds, and five yellows.
I spent one-third of my time on a single diagonal wall during the second session, which I couldn’t complete. My failure came on the last move. I couldn’t quite hold onto the final grip on the path despite trying around a dozen times. It had two small holes, just large enough to secure a hold with a couple of fingers from each hand. My failure came from trying to lead with my left hand. That arm is a bit weaker than my right. I think I could’ve succeeded despite it being a more difficult angle if I’d led with my right arm. I should’ve been taking my body composition into account rather than the ideal way to complete the move.
It was a little frustrating not to complete the wall, but I learned some valuable lessons from the attempts. First, a fellow climber taught me that I was wasting a lot of energy by keeping my muscles taut the whole time during a climb. I typically burn out by the end of a route because my inclination is never to stop working my muscles against gravity, so I have no chance to fall. This point became obvious to me watching others after it was brought to my attention, and I watched other climbers go into positions of rest many times while they were climbing. Second, I realized that I was not tightening my core enough, which caused my body to dangle further from the walls. Even just a few inches further away from a wall wastes energy and gets one into disadvantageous positions for moves.