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[personal profile] ultranos
('ello. I just started climbing this past weekend, and [personal profile] rydra_wong asked if I'd cross-post this here.)

Yesterday, I got a phone call from two friends of mine. They were debating on going to either EMS or REI for climbing gear, and since I'd been making noises about possibly trying, did I want to come with? Since I was, at the moment, covered in dust from cleaning, doing anything else sounded great, I said sure. And somehow, the intent of "just looking at climbing shoes" became "buying a pair of climbing shoes" which then became "also buying a harness kit".

I really should have seen that coming.

Anyway, while we were waiting in the store, one of them mentions going climbing tomorrow, and after some double-checking on our phones for the climbing gym's beginner class on weekends, he offers to shift back his climbing time so I could take the class. Which is how I ended up making a half-asleep phone call to the climbing gym this morning to register for said class. (The guy on the other end of the phone when showed up later was amused.)

I climbed a few times as a kid. The local YMCA had an indoor rock wall, and I took the class when I was about 10. I really didn't retain much. But I remembered loving it, despite, at the time, believing I was terrified of heights. I also remember that fear being the reason I took the class in the first place.

Something about that assessment, that I'm afraid of heights, never really quite meshed with reality. I love flying. I love leaning over the 2nd story porch and watching the sky. I'm fine running along scaffolding. When I need to clear my head, I go for high places and just sit and think, like roofs and roofdecks. But make me lean over a 20ft ladder to hang lights in a theatre, have me jump down 3ft from the last rung of a scaffolding ladder, put me on a dive platform 15ft over a deep pool, and I'm paralyzed. The last one is even weirder when I'm fine springboarding off of a 10ft tall diving board.

It was after my last knee injury, when I was nervous about jumping down 3ft, that I figured out my problem. It's not heights I'm afraid of. It's falling. It's leaping off with nothing to catch me but the ground or water. And with a bad knee that can't absorb impact as well as it should? That fear is just magnified.

Which brings me to the wall. I didn't get up to the top. I think I was the only one of the six in the beginner's class who didn't. And I forgot my knee brace, so when it was suggested on the first try that I put all my weight on that leg so I could get my other foot to another hold, I balked. Maybe I was wrong. But I didn't trust my body there. And I got tired because I made my arms anchor me and pull me up. But on each of my 3 tries, I made it halfway up the wall before my hands slipped or got too tired or I couldn't find a foothold for the precious few milliseconds I knew my bad knee would hold me while bent. I'm not a good climber because I don't trust my body. Yet.

But when I looked down, I was surprised at how far I'd gotten. And when I let go of the wall, I didn't fear the fall.
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[personal profile] aella_irene
Today, I had an introductory climbing class at The Castle!. They run several introductory courses: I took the 'all in one go' off peak 5 hour one. It was six people and the instructor, who was wonderful.

The details )


Apr. 27th, 2011 10:57 pm
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[personal profile] niqaeli
Hey! Mostly this is just an introduction of myself. I only recently got interested in climbing, but it looks like a lot of fun. I'm an ex-gymnast who's spent approximately a decade finishing up puberty, sitting on her duff, and also dealing with some mild/moderate mobility impairment/joint pain disability. So climbing is sort of fascinating to me, since it seems to accommodate my various WTF issues fairly well!

But, intro aside, I did also write up a rather, um, blathering account of my first climbing experience, should anyone be interested in that. :D

At some point, I may also try to write up an actual list of the variations of conditioning exercises that don't require equipment that I know from my years of yore as a gymnast. I sense that I desperately need to work on my arms and core strength! My core is woooooefully out of shape.
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[personal profile] dira
I took an intro class in top-rope climbing for the first time on Saturday--also my first time climbing at all--and, in case my long, long account should be of interest to anyone, here it is!

The short, short version: :D )

I didn't get to try bouldering, alas--by the time I stopped to wander around and check out the bouldering caves, my arms were Done--but I am left with a question the internet does not seem to answer straightforwardly. Are all bouldering routes on a negative pitch? I didn't fully explore the cave where a couple of guys were lying on the floor staring up, but I didn't see any routes on flat walls, so I was a bit daunted.
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[personal profile] nanila
I went climbing last night for the first time in six years. Since I moved to the UK, I haven't been once. It was additionally exciting since I got to introduce it to my boyfriend, who's never been climbing before.

He liked it enough to contemplate buying shoes today and to suggest we return next week. Additionally, I managed to onsight a V0 (did I mention it's been six years?) and was pleased that I could still get round overhangs - with a lot of scrabbling, but still. Success! Hurrah!
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[personal profile] cryptolect
Following rydra_wong's great post at her journal about how you probably can climb even if you don't think you can (http://rydra-wong.dreamwidth.org/234949.html) I decided to give it a go. I booked an introductory session - just a 30 minute taster. I really wasn't sure what to expect, so I've described it below (in some excruciating detail) in case that's helpful to any of you deciding whether to try it out.
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