This is a story about the climbing life of three passionate brothers. They are Joshua, 23, Jan Joseph, 18 and Paul Eli the youngest at 14 years old.
Rock Climbing isn’t well known here in the Philippines. Most people here are huge fans of basketball and other ball sports. But we, the Suson brothers, fell in love with the sport or more like the lifestyle of rock climbing.
After 6 years of devoting most of our time to climbing, getting our fingers wrecked, and having the roughest hands that no chick wants to hold, we found ourselves living the life most people are not capable of. Well, maybe capable but not just into it.
We could be partying and getting wasted, trying to get lucky, going to the beach, running around courts and fields. Instead, we spend most of our weekends at the crags, getting dirty, pushing ourselves to climb the most badass routes in the country, taking big falls, and most importantly having fun!
Not everyone or should I say no one right now in our country at our age do that or even want that lifestyle.
We then ended up being ambassadors and athletes of Habagat Outdoor Equipment, one of the best outdoor companies this country has to offer. Because of our sponsorship, we were able to travel around the country to compete.
And yes, we’re also competitors. After competitions, we would always go directly at local crags if there are any and spend a day or two on that place and obviously go climbing rather than spending our time going to tourist’s spots and wherever regular people wanna go. Adam Ondra like? Not!
After the summer of my graduation, I started to work at Vertigo Climbing Center as a part-time climbing instructor so I could have more time to train harder and earn a little at the same time.
JJ works part time in the gym every summer for the exact same reason. While Pets obviously can’t work yet, he spends most of his time beating himself up with training in the gym and climbing outside during summer.
During school days, they go immediately to the gym to do their homework then go training. But not all the time. That might ruin their studies especially JJ who is a scholar in a university.
We continue to beat ourselves up in training, hoping to send harder lines, and win more competitions.