Saturday, 25 June 2011

Challenge number 3: Rock climbing

I decided that this summer would be a summer of self improvement. I would try lots of new sports and see what things suited me so I could becomes a super active person with lots of hobbies. Weights and crossfit were my first experiments and now I have started another new challenge: Rock Climbing

Rock climbing, like crossfit, has a lot of elements that I think are very important. Taking part in rock climbing will improve your overall fitness.strength, balance, co-ordination, flexibility, strength but most of all mental focus. I am ever so slightly afraid of heights. Nothing dramatic but its something that I want to push through. I want to be fearless and the best all round athlete that I can be. 

My course consists of 3 days of 2 hour teaching sessions on inside walls.
Today I learnt about the harness

How to tie in (rabbit goes around the tree and down the hole!)

And how to belay. 

Everybody got the concepts pretty quickly and our teacher was awesome at explaining so at the end we got to climb our first wall and then belay for our partner. I was pushed to the front of the class when everybody decided I should go first.... In case I fall to my death? Well with a deep breath, I made a rough note of some good handholds and ascended the wall. My heart was pounding so hard and all I could think about was how high I was. At this point, our instructor told me to lean back, trust my partner and let go... LET GO?!?
As good as his word, I stayed swaying where I was. No falling to my death!
I quickly scaled the rest of it and grinned down and my partner. DONE! Time to sail back down. Now thats fun. I am really going to enjoy the next 2 sessions of my course and I can feel that I am going to be addicted very very soon :P

"Technique and ability alone do not get you to the top -- it is the willpower that is the most important. This willpower you cannot buy with money or be given by others -- it rises from your heart."
Junko Tabei  after becoming the first woman to climb Everest in 1975