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I went to college in Santa Cruz, California. There were a number of climbers I knew and we’d occasionally make the trek out to Skyline or Pinnacles. A few of them decided to start a campus “club” and at the first meeting I showed up late to see Chris Sharma give a slideshow about bouldering at local beaches. I had no idea he was then the top rated climber in the world.

As climbers, we’re always looking for something that’s just past our level. Sometimes we get frustrated because it’s too hard, but our goal is to try to do something that is beyond our limits. If it feels easy then we’re not actually at our limit.

Chris Sharma