This week I went rock climbing at Island Rock, an indoor climbing facility. I didn’t really know what I was in for, but I am always up for trying something new.
Before I could even get my climbing shoes on and begin scaling walls, the first order of business was a mandatory belaying class. After an hour of tying and untying the figure-eight knot, figure-eight follow through, and double fisherman’s knot, I was itching to start climbing.
My first wall was a lot of fun, but required some serious upper body strength. By the time I got to my second climb I was a legend in my own mind. I picked the wall that had a slight angle to it and thought it would be a piece of cake. I made it half-way up, but then came the part where I needed to use every ounce of upper body strength I had left, which by this point wasn’t much, to overcome that angle jutting out to reach the top. After dangling mid-air for a few minutes, and vowing to tackle this wall, I had to call it quits!
I will return to that dreaded wall, but until next time… On belay!