Wednesday Aug 23, 2023

James Lucas

Elite climber James Lucas shares his struggles and breakthroughs in Training, Nutrition, Tactics, and Mental Game

As a climber, James is incredibly accomplished and well-rounded, with impressive big wall sends that include freeing El Cap’s Freerider in a day along with loads of other big wall sends in the valley including the FA of Final Frontier, a Grade V 13b in the Valley. And while James is perhaps most experienced and known for his work on big walls, he has pushed himself into other disciplines with the goal of sending V10 boulders and 5.14 sport, the former of which he has done, and the latter of which he is zeroing in on. Beyond climbing, James is a prolific writer and photographer. He served as Senior Associate Editor of Climbing Magazine for 30 issues and has contributed to countless other climbing outlets, from Rock and Ice to Outside Mag to the Alpinist. This guy has some of the absolute best stories from his dirtbag days living in his Saturn and the caves of Yosemite, climbing with some of the biggest names in our sport, and bringing curiosity and stoke to all that he takes on. 


Struggle: 0:05:43
Training: 0:09:59
Nutrition: 0:21:36
Tactics: 0:29:15
Mental Game: 0:42:15
Purpose: 0:53:26
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