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Old 05-08-2008, 01:35 AM   #1
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Default I did it! Rock Climbing!

I contemplated over it for way too long. I worked myself into a panic. So finally, I just said, "Oh to heck with it! Let's give it a try!"

It was intimidating. The people at the gym were nice but they weren't as "comforting" as I hoped. I called ahead and they recommended that I bring a friend since you can't rock climbing without someone (I had no idea). So I recruited my friend Jessica (yes, another one) to come along. She had climbed before but she's scared of heights so it balanced out pretty well.

The harness. Well, it was a wee bit small. And I STRUGGLED to get it over my hips. I was upset but I just tried to remain calm and sure enough, it was just large enough. The rest was a breeze. I conquered the first wall and before long we were trying all sorts of walls. The biggest problem for me was that once you hit the top, you had to trust the other person to bring you down and just let go. That's a lot of trust!

It was fun work out. My back is tired!

I'm already ready to do it again so we're going next week.

Here's what I would recommend if you want to try it:
1. Call ahead and see if they do lessons.
2. If you're concerned about the size of the harness, call and ask.
3. Bring a friend who is around your size (within say 50 pounds).

Here's a couple pics!

Oh yeah, I kicked that wall's butt.


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Old 05-08-2008, 01:54 AM   #2
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YAY!! You look so happy! I am glad you did it and had a good time!
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Old 05-08-2008, 05:23 AM   #3
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If you enjoyed this you should try outdoor rock climbing! With abseiling your way back down it's great fun Glad you enjoyed yourself!
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Old 05-08-2008, 06:29 AM   #4
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You ROCK!

I've always wanted to try that... hmmm....

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Old 05-08-2008, 07:49 AM   #5
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Jessica, how awesome is that!
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Old 05-08-2008, 07:55 AM   #6
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Old 05-08-2008, 07:58 AM   #7
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WOW - I am so proud of you for trying it. I am glad you liked it so well. You are awesome. You are an inspiration to us all - we shouldn't hold back on our dreams.
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Old 05-08-2008, 08:29 AM   #8
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Jessica, that is awesome!! (I had no idea about the friend, DH is a tiny guy so I will need to lose some weight to get within 50 lbs of him)

This is what I'm hoping to do (outdoor rock climbing)
http://www.adventureschool.com/pr_intro.php
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Old 05-08-2008, 09:09 AM   #9
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You look great! And so happy! Makes me want to give it a try.
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Old 05-08-2008, 09:45 AM   #10
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Nelie,

I don't think the friend within your weight range is a requirement per se. However, my boss (who is a tiny guy) was supposed to come and climb with us and I don't think I would have trusted him as my belayer. Of course, that's just my hang up!

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Old 05-08-2008, 09:51 AM   #11
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Go you! That's fantastic.

One of my coworkers wants me to do this with her (of course she's a lot smaller than me) and I want to, but I'm nervous. Your experience makes me feel like I should go for it, though.
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Old 05-08-2008, 10:14 AM   #12
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Girl, you never cease to amaze me!!
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Great job, GJ!! Your beautiful happy smiles says it all.
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Old 05-08-2008, 11:59 AM   #14
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Thats awesome I'll have to push myself to do that some day... I wanna see more pictures when you go again!
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That looks like so much fun. I passed an indoor place in the city on Monday and thought to myself it's somewhere I want to go one of these days.
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