Tuesday, April 17, 2012

(Real) Rock Climbing!

 

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I’ve been rock climbing many times before. However, those times included a nice air conditioned gym and climbing walls with easy-to-grip clay handholds. This was completely different: my friends and I went to go rock climbing on real, large, very scary and very vertical rocks! It took a bit of time to get used to, but it was actually tons of fun (and completely worth the few scrapes I subsequently acquired.) I don’t know if you can tell by the pictures, but we were up pretty dang high. At first, my brain was in oh-my-gosh-you’re-gonna-die mode which resulted in a bit of muscle trembling and shortness of breath – but of course I had nothing to worry about. My friend Matt (you know him on this here blog as a fantastic photographer friend of mine whose pictures are top notch) is also an experienced rock climber and made sure I was completely secure when he was on belay.

We were at Stoney Point (not to be confused with Rocky Peak which is one freeway exit over) for about five hours, enjoying the warm sunny weather and each other’s company! I’ve discovered a new love in outdoor rock climbing. Being out in nature + great workout + mental challenge + adrenaline rush + major feeling of accomplishment when you reach the top = my idea of a good time.

Have you been rock climbing before? Inside or out? What was your experience like?

12 comments:

Elle said...

I love rock climbing! I usually climb outdoors once a week and at the gym 2-3 times a week.

Elisha(: said...

these are awesome pictures!! I dont think I could do that. :P

Rebecca Palm* Gallimaufry Photography* said...

Wow! That looks fun, difficult, scary and really cool :-)

Lil' Bit and Nan said...

Awesome! If I wasn't afraid of heights so badly (due to a rock climbing experience) I would have loved to be there with you guys. I miss you all.

Stephanie said...

That looks so fun! Went indoor rock climbing last week...what a workout! My hands were not happy with me later on, haha. Looks like you had a fun day :)

Maria said...

Say what! This is so amazing! I've been to the rock climbing places indoors, but never outside!

Kimmy Bird said...

Fun! I've done both, but mostly indoor. I'm from the SLC area where there are awesome mountains, but for some reason, I can't climb as well outside. I think it's mental, though. :) Beautiful photos!

rach said...

looks like fun but would have scared me as well! i dont do so well with heights! I've been rock climbing indoors but never outdoors! the best part was coming back down lol!

Gentri said...

You. are. scaring. me. hahaha!

Alex Butts said...

Ah that terrifies me - so brave! Can def tell how high you are and WOWZAS

Lauren said...

This looks like so much fun! My fiance and I have gone rock climbing an couple of times, but only at the gym. It looks NOTHING like the real thing. I've always wanted to go for real!

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