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?