I’ve read bits from fellow bloggers showing interest in climbing so I wanted to share a short post of why climbing is one of my favorite ways to cross train!
Climbing is different everywhere. Each region has a different type of rocks, but everywhere I’ve been is equally fun and beautiful. You don’t have to be in Colorado or Utah to find great climbing.
It strengthens relationships through trust and teamwork. When you’re belaying someone or being belayed, you have to communicate to ensure safety. I’ve heard some pretty nasty fights between climbers and belayers, but if you find the right partner, it only strengthens your relationship.
It challenges you to overcome fears. This picture was from the first time I climbed outside in high school. I think this is about as high as I went and I was shaking the entire time.
It requires skill. Don’t get me wrong, I love running above all hobbies, but sometimes I realize that it doesn’t take all that much skill to quickly put one foot in front of the other. In climbing, everything is strategic and some people will spend more time studying the wall than they’ll take to climb it.
It’s a total body work out. Often times I wake up the day after climbing and feel like I got hit by a train. It feels amazing!
You can visit this link to read about my most recent climbing trip.
Get started with climbing:
- Go to a local climbing gym
- Rent shoes and a harness (they will have them at the gym or some outdoors store or college programs)
- Go through belay training with a partner
- Take a guided climbing trip
- Start investing in your own gear. I got my shoes and harness over 6 years ago and they still work fine for me
- Make friends with people who have their own rope and protection (that’s the expensive stuff!)
Lastly, thank you SO much to Taylor Thomas for donating to my St. Jude Fundraising page! Taylor is a wildly talented artist and writer and everyone needs to look at her work. It gives me chills every time!
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