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I had been a regular climber half a decade back. And, then I got off the routine. Now I am trying to get back into climbing. For that, I go to a local climbing gym kind of thing managed by a friend wherein we can change the route/reroute for variations.
The issue is, The routes that are said to be tougher ones, are looking damn tough to me right now. And, the ones which seems easy are becoming too easy to really have a hard time. These are the routes which I can do quite easily, and there are another handful that may take me a few weeks of work to get. But by about a month in, I feel like I've done all the routes that belong to that climbable range for me, and there's nothing much left for me in that gym except to just push on and try to improve my technique on old routes, and see how far I can get on routes that are appearing to be tougher ones for me.

Yeah, I do climb elsewhere once in a while, but it's not really practical for me to try to do that every now and then. Any ideas with which I can get more variety/make the most of what's left over there?

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Are you top-roping? Leading? –  Ben Crowell Nov 7 '13 at 0:29
    
@Ben Crowell: I practice alone over there –  WedaPashi Nov 7 '13 at 6:00
    
You mean toproping with an autobelay? Or bouldering? If you can find a climbing partner, you could try lead climbing. –  Ben Crowell Nov 8 '13 at 4:16
    
@Ben Crowell: I do bouldering –  WedaPashi Nov 8 '13 at 5:51
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If you're bored with bouldering, you could try other styles of indoor and outdoor climbing. –  Ben Crowell Nov 9 '13 at 19:57
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If hard and easy routes run superimposed, ie. there are hard and easy routes on the same belay chain, you could try to climb the hard route while using some of the holds from the easy route where necessary.

If that is not possible, because hard and easy routes are separate, but you are able to redesign the routes then you could try another approach: you can just add some holds to the hard route where you need them. If you chose for your holds another colour than that of the given route, then the tough guys can still use the route as they know it and you can use the route with your additional holds.

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Nice thing with the color separation! –  Unsung Nov 6 '13 at 11:40
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What my local climbing arena does is have multiple routes up every wall. They overlap, sometimes on flat surfaces, sometimes on real rock, sometimes on artificial (extra grippy) rock.

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The climbs here range from a 3 to an 8C+ but on a particular pitch you may have a few ranging from a 5 to a 6B, for example, so similar to what Benedikt mentioned, if I find I can't complete a particularly tricky move I'll grab a different colour to get past it, but try and make it next time without resorting to that.

This lets you gain incremental progression.

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