This page is dedicated to my climbing life.
Smíchoff is the only gym in Prague that I frequent, since it is (in my opinion) the best one, so the vast majority of the clips are going to be from here. People are nice, prices are student-friendly and boulders are frequently changed, so it’s a perfect place to be.
The difficulty of boulders are as follows (left being the easiest, right being the hardest):
The videos are split into various sections, mostly for practical reasons (easier to find a send when you know where it is located). To see the videos from the given section, simply click on it. Additionally, colors denote the type of overhang for the section of the gym: low-angle, vertical, mild overhang, severe overhang and roof.
Alternatively, there is also a page containing all of the climbs.
The following contains my climbing diary – how many new/old boulders have I done (and links to them). It also serves as a convenient way to view the most recently sent boulders.
Since there there are some other locations that I visit from time to time (mostly thanks to some of my friends), here is the list of icons that you might see in the journal entries:
22. 1. 2022: 1/5 1 (at )
The Jungle comp section kicked my ass. It was mostly my fault, since I didn't warm up properly, got pumped and climbed poorly. I still managed to climb some new routes!
18. 1. 2022: 3 3 6 2 (at )
The shoulder felt a bit sore, so I'm not up to 100% of my power. Unsurprisingly, the last remaning yellow from the previous set didn't go down, despite a few attempts. I did manage to link the yellow in the overhang, which was a bit surprising, but linking it will be tough and, since they're taking it down in a few days, likely undoable.
16. 1. 2022: 4 4 5 5 (at )
I practiced the last remaining yellow from the previous set, but sadly managed to pull something in my shoulder (since the crux move is a huge shoulder press). I'll refrain from trying this one for a bit.
14. 1. 2022: 1 2 4 2/1  (at )
One of the last yellows went down. However, it wasn't the one I thought it would be – I skipped the crux on the impossible yellow because I'm tall. I think the other one will be doable, but it's much harder than I anticipated – the top is very much not free.
The new climbs are all quite easy (like a grade easier than they should be) – most videos are flash attempts. However, the remaining two yellows will be a bit tough – one should go down next session, but the other seems quite impossible (when Danny says it's hard, it's likely impossible).
7. 1. 2022: (at )
An interesting climbing gym. The type of climbing is quite oldschool (so not my cup of tea), but still a nice change of pace.
6. 1. 2022: 1 2 2 4 (at )
Went climbing with a few of my friends (tried sport climbing too), so I didn't climb too hard. No new routes, just some repeats.
5. 1. 2022: 4 1 1  3 (at )
The session not bad! I managed to do the last blue (and boulder) from the previous build, and found a functional beta for the yellow that I previously thought would be too hard in zone 8.
3. 1. 2022: 1 1 1 (at )
I climbed very poorly. However, I did manage to improve on the remainig yellow one and discover a very nice beta break on the last blue from the previous rebuild, which will go down next time (it is very, very powerful).
Managed to do the hard salmon and two of the three leftover yellows. Only one remains, but I've got a feeling that it will be very difficult...
New boulders! The blues were not too hard and neither most of the salmons (besides one, which is a yellow). I also did half of the new yellows and figured out beta for the remaining 3, so they will hopefully go down on Saturday.
27. 12. 2021: V5: 1 V6: 2 V7: 12 V10: 1 (at )
Tried another new location called Třináctka (thanks, Lucas!). It was quite nice, but definitely not as good (and cheap) as Smíchoff, nor as high-quality as Jungle (namely its competitive section).
22. 12. 2021: 3 7 4 (at )
Went to Jungle Letňany today and it was quite refreshing! Their comp section was quite exciting but difficult, I did two blue ones, but I know I can do better than that.
20. 12. 2021: 2 1 2 (at )
The last blue is tough. I found a cheeky beta that is very dynamic and skips the hardest moves, but is very low-percentage. Will try to do it next time.
Climbed more than I thought I would! I finished all of the new yellows, so only one blue remains (I finished the tough red too). Besides this, I managed to do the salmon double dyno from the set before this one, which was a nice surprise.
Decent session. Managed to get all new salmons and almost all blues (one is quite hard). Also, one of the remaining yellows will definitely go. This, however, cannot be said for the last red that I haven't yet done, since it's as hard as a blue.
11. 12. 2021: (at )
Went to Boulder bar with a few friends. It was a pretty nice change, but I'm eager to go back to Smíchoff soon. Coincidentally, Adam Ondra was just visiting Prague and was at the boulder bar. It was very humbling and inspiring seeing him flash all my red projects... still a long way to go.
8. 12. 2021: 3 3 3 1  (at )
A little better than the previous one. I managed to climb one of the yellows from the last setting with an alternative beta – the send attempt looked a bit sketchy, but it felt much more stable than jumping.
6. 12. 2021: (at )
Bad session. I don't even know what I climbed and felt super weak the entire time.
4. 12. 2021: 2 1 4 (at )
Not great, not terrible. I didn't manage to do any of the boulders that I set out to, but they'll go next time.
Pretty good session. I made some real progress on the easiest yellow, which should hopefully go down next session. There is one salmon and one blue remaning, but both are very hard (maybe like a yellow).
30. 11. 2021: 5 3 4 (at )
The new routes are quite a bit harder than the previous set. Nevertheless, it went pretty well, considering that I had a bit of a break from climbing (although I did miss one journal entry from a week ago because nothing interesting happened).
17. 11. 2021: 5/5 6/5 6/4 4/3 (at )
There was a rebuilt on Monday and a boulder challenge today. It went surprisingly well – I climbed all of the new boulders that were easier than yellows (which I'm very happy about, since my endurance is quite poor), and three of the new yellows, ending in the 2nd place, only a few points after the insanely strong Lukáš Mokroluský. There are two other hard yellows that I think I can finish next session, and a new long-term project yellow.
I found an awesome new beta for the yellow jump from the last build and managed to do it today. Now I really don't know what to work on. Luckily, there will be new boulders on Monday.
10. 11. 2021: 1 1/1 2 2/1  (at )
As I said, both the yellow in the 45 and the salmon one (which I sadly forgot to record) went down. Now I'm not really sure what to work on, everything else seems quite impossible...
I spent the session trying the last salmon, which is actually pretty hard. I'll get it next time, I've got the beta down (but didn't have the strength to link it). I also figured out better beta for the one in 45 and managed to link it, I'm very confident in sending it next time.
I finished the yellow that I messed up last time (fell from the top). Also finished the slamon ones that weren't yet built last session (except one, which has a weird beta). The yellow in the 45 seemed pretty doable today, I'll try to link it next session.
The new routes all seem pretty easy. I'm honestly not sure whether I'm getting stronger or the climbs are getting easier. Of the three remaining yellows, I think the jumpy and the traverse one will go, but the volumy one seems completely impossible.
30. 10. 2021: (at )
I projected the yellow in the 45 (almost got the top sequence done) and the one on the island (literally fell while matching the top hold). I'm very confident in finishing the one on the island next session, and linking the one in 45.
28. 10. 2021: (at )
Second sport climbing session, this time at Smíchoff. I did some 7's and an onsight of 8, which I'm pretty happy about. I then finished up with some bouldering, getting closer to climbing the new yellows.
26. 10. 2021: (at )
I started doing sport climbing! This session was spent at Big Wall and was bad, because I'm not very good at sport climbing. I'll still try to do a sports climbing session once in a while to improve my endurance, which at this point is quite lacking.
I did the salmon in the 45 (it was actually pretty easy, just pumpy) and one more on the island. Then I again projected the new yellows.
22. 10. 2021: 1 (at )
I just projected some of the new yellows.
20. 10. 2021: 4/5 4/2 5/3 2 (at )
I attended the boulder challenge! It was quite difficult and not really what I'm used to (climbing a lot of boulders), but I managed to came 5th. If I had more endurance, I'm pretty confident I could have made the podium. Next time :).
I took a bit of a break, but it was worth, since I managed to send two new yellows! I also previewed some new boulders for the boulder challenge on Wednesday, I'm quite interested to see how well I do.
12. 10. 2021: 2 3 2 1 (at )
The other doable did not go down this session, but I got extremely close and am pretty confident that I can climb it (either next session or the one after that).
10. 10. 2021: 2 2 5 1  (at )
One of the doable yellows from the new rebuild went today, the other will go next session (found a new beta that works well). The third one is really hard, but seems doable (eventually, given enough pinch strength and skin).
I finished the two easy blues that I mentioned last session and the weird salmon one. The rest of the session was spent on working on the two yellows that actually seem very doable.
In the new rebuild, all of the blues (besides one) feel very easy, same as the salmon ones (again, besides one). However, the yellows feel completely impossible. I'll try to finish the two easy blues that I haven't done next session, and will begin working on the yellows after that.
30. 9. 2021: 1 1 1 (at )
I made more progress on the blue in the overhang, which I've managed to piece together for the first time today. I also tried the easiest yellow I haven't climbed yet and made a few good attempts too, it will hopefully go soon.
28. 9. 2021: 4 3/1  5 6 (at )
I felt pretty weak again today, so I just climbed some boulders that I've climbed already. Besides that, I managed one new salmon with a really weird beta and real progress on the hard blue in the overhang.
The two easier yellows from the new boulders went down, along with the last blue (super nice coordination move, weird end) and the last salmon too. I also managed to repeat the yellow one that I haven't filmed yet. Now to start projecting the other yellows, which are just brutal...
The new boulders feel harder than the previous batch (namely the yellows). I still feel a bit sick (had sore throat and fever 2 days ago), but I still managed to do some salmons, blues and even a yellow. Next time should feel much better.
Although I took a break for more than 10 days and it definitely feels like it, I found a very nice beta for the new yellow that I sent, which is super nice. I also did two new blues and filmed some salmons that I missed last session (because my battery died).
The new boulders should be finalized at this point. I still have yet to do two the last two new yellows, but they're very tough. The camera died halfway through the session, so they will be recorded in the next few sessions.
7. 9. 2021: 2 4 1 2 (at )
Most of the new boulders were built. I did quite a few of them, but I'm recording only the ones that weren't changed. None of them were recorded because of this, but will be in the next few sessions.
6. 9. 2021: 1 2 (at )
Today was worse. I felt much more tired and wrongly assumed that there will be new boulders today, which there weren't. I made some good attempts on the last yellow on the pool and the hard blue in the ball, at least.
4. 9. 2021: 1 1/1  1 (at )
Today was not good. I felt tired, but at least still managed to do the crimpy salmon that I struggled with. Also, I made many more tries on the last yellow one in the pool, but no dice – at least I got the beta down!.
I completely forgot about those two yellows, because I felt pretty weak when I first tried them. Today was quite different though, as both of them went in only a couple of tries!
1. 9. 2021: 1 1 1/1  (at )
The entire session was spent on the last two yellows in zone 9 that I haven't yet done. The first one went after about 20 tries and I managed to make all individual moves on the second one, so today was quite a success!
23. 8. 2021: 1 1/1  (at )
First session with new shoes (Skwamas). The yellow was surprisingly not bad. Also, I made progress on two other yellows that seem pretty difficult, but will probably go after a few attempts.
It seems that the rest day really worked, I managed to do 5 new blue ones and real progress on a new blue and a yellow, both of which will hopefully go next session.
17. 8. 2021: 1 1 1  1 (at )
Today was a pretty tired day, considering the climbing I did yesterday. At least I finished the blue one I made progress on yesterday and tried a few new yellow ones to do.
16. 8. 2021: 4 1  (at )
I had my second Covid shot on Friday and was out for the entire weekend, so it was surprising that I managed to do the yellow one and make progress on a few blue ones!
Today's gravity felt pretty good!