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Climbing

I think I've found a new hobby: climbing. Dominik took me to a local indoor climbing wall in Woolwich yesterday, something he had been talking about doing for ages. To be honest I as in two minds about it: it sounded fun, but I rather suspected that I would take one look at it and decide it wasn't going to happen. Once we got down there though, I decided I would give it a go. After all, my experience caving in Lanzarote taught me to never discount anything as impossible.

Once Dominik had harnessed me up, I walked over to the most basic part of the climbing wall, and grabbed the first coloured grip. Still not sure how far I'd get, I pulled myself up, Dom supporting me on the rope. I put my foot onto the first support, and then reached out for the second grip; then the third, a little higher. And then I realised: holy shit, I was doing it!

In a strange way it was easier than I thought it would be. I don't know how much of a role Dom played pulling me up, but I soon found locating the grips and pulling myself up both easy and great fun. As I went higher and higher, I decided that I could really get into climbing as a pastime. I really had to focus, so all that existed for me for a few moments was that rock. And before I knew it, I was at the top, able to touch the ceiling.

The problem then, of course, was getting back down to the ground. I had to let go of the wall as Dom lowered me, but the first time I didn't know how to stop myself swinging back and banging against the wall. Once back on the ground and after a short rest, I decided to have another go. Getting up was again rather fun, but that second time Dom - himself an experienced climber - told me to walk back down the wall, feet spread apart so I didn't swing. That worked well, but reaching the ground a second time I found I was totally knackered and rather sore.

Once unharnessed and having caught my breath, the awesomeness of what I had just done struck me. I had climbed a climbing wall, on my own, as anyone else would. How fantastic! There and then, I decided to go again - perhaps this was something Dom and I could do quite regularly. Dom recorded a bit of it on my Ipad, which I now want to edit and upload to Youtube. It just goes to show, you don't know you can't do anything until you try it, so you can never rule anything out.

ADDENDUM: the (unedited) video can now be seen here


[Edited 12/03/2018 at 12:00:33 - added link to the video]

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