Chris Sharma, first ascent on Spicy Noodle (8c+, 5.14c) in Yangshuo, China
photo: Boone Speed
Heading into the mountains
The hardest period in life is one’s twenties. It’s a shame because you’re your most gorgeous and you’re physically in peak condition. But it’s actually when you’re most insecure and full of self-doubt. When you don’t know what’s going to happen, it’s frightening.