I decided to sign up for a beginner’s climbing class while in Arizona. I think the school and I have a very different definition of the word beginner. I have been climbing since I was a kid…apparently this type of climbing is called bouldering. I also have experience indoor climbing and rappelling, but this was a new experience – top-rope protected climbs on high angled rock faces.
Their website states “Rock climbing’s special combination of mental and physical challenges make it a unique experience. The intrinsic rewards that come from combining concentration, agility, balance, strength and judgment are unequalled in any other sport.” – I agree. It was scary – and lots of thinking – Where the hell am I going to grab next?? – and Damn why am I so short?? Tall people have many more options! Um…this is hard. – went through my mind all day.
We climbed at the McDowell Mountain Range which is about twenty miles northeast of Phoenix. To me the climbs were quite steep – sven slab and girley man. A few photos below 🙂