|...Your Brain on Chalk|
I had, basically, been bouldering and had tired myself out. After untying my rope, this guy told me:
It was within your reach… You were so focused on that one hold…If you had used a thumb lock you would have been able to get past that point but you were holding it like you were holding onto the handlebars of a bike…And it wouldn’t hurt if you didn’t have fingernails*…You can do it!
The advisor’s partner told me that if it was any consolation, he didn’t like that route and it was reassuring knowing that he is a better climber and also found the route awkward but what gave me a lot of comfort was that someone took the time to make suggestions and cheer me on.
*Cracks me up when really skilled climbers call you out for having too long fingernails.