Chess, Rock Climbing, and 50 Pound Weight Loss Meet James Agnew.
James Agnew is a routesetter at The Crag at Earl Bell in Jonesboro, Arkansas. He is currently studying Philosophy at Arkansas State University. And when he is not climbing, James is playing chess.
James used rock climbing to lose 50 pounds — I know — impressive (wait when you see his “before” picture below). He told me that he walked into The Crag and it was relatively fun for him. He saw that rock climbing was enjoyable enough and he wanted to use it to get in better physical shape. James says:
I never had a singular epiphany moment, I just had a stupidly strong desire to get better.
HCRB: What was the last good book you read?
James: The Four Loves by C.S Lewis.
HCRB: What is your current weight?
James: About 170.
HCRB: What was your weight when you started climbing 3 years ago?
James: About 220.
HCRB: What food do you no longer eat (or rarely eat) with your weight loss success?
James: Soda and fast food are almost always a no go, with the exception of a late night stop by Taco Bell after a climbing trip.
HCRB: Would you rather travel into space (set foot on the Moon or Mars) or become a meditation master (understand the deepest part of the inside of you)? Why?
James: Moon or Mars, because I have a strong desire to explore new areas.
James: Ideally get a V7 and some more 5.12’s. I didn’t sport climb much last year and I feel I need to show it some love.
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