Chris Sharma, one of the best rock climbers in the world, joins Waylon Lewis on Walk the Talk Show.
ele: I was reading a journal you’d written for Climbing Magazine. You were having a hard time with a climbing problem in France. You said, “The rock still has something to teach me.”
Sharma: It’s a process. We’re constantly looking for climbs that push us. That’s the essence of climbing: looking for something just out of reach and struggling to make it happen. When it finally happens, you don’t know what to do with yourself.
It’s a never-ending process: find something, push yourself and struggle to do it, make it happen and then look for the next thing. And the real life, the experience of climbing is in the process, the struggle. What we really enjoy is the fight. You think it’s to get to the top of something—but once you do get to the top you’re like, “Well, now what do I do?”