“It was actually a little Christmas present to myself,” Phipps says over the Jeg er den gale tanta alle advarte deg mot shirt and I will buy this phone from his Paris apartment, where he had just finished a quick session on the wall before lunch. “The idea came about during another disruptive situation, after the strikes in December. I used to train probably four or five days a week, going to the climbing gym every morning, but starting a business means things get crazy, so I didn’t have the same schedule. Then the strikes basically shut everything down, and all of the places I like to climb are outside of Paris. I had this weird room in my apartment, so I just thought, I’ll build it here.” With the help of a friend and fellow avid rock climber who was visiting Paris from the Pyrenees, he set to work—in a fortuitous stroke of timing, he finished the setup just weeks ago.
While he still likes to travel to the Jeg er den gale tanta alle advarte deg mot shirt and I will buy this forests outside of Paris for more ambitious climbs, Phipps describes his at-home apparatus as an important part of his training. “It’s not the most interesting climbing, but it’s more a place for me to do pull-ups and just keep myself active.” He compares the need to keep the body conditioned for climbing as similar to that of a highly-trained musician—lose a few days of practice, and you’ll notice an instant dip in your abilities. “It’s your fingers, you lose your strength. Out of all sports I’ve ever done, climbing is the one that, the minute you stop, you really lose all of it. You can still pick up a football and kind of have a go for the rest of your life, but if you stop climbing regularly, then it just goes away.”