Monday, May 11, 2009

Stepping outside of my box



After not doing much of anything over the past week (I hit a spinning class on Monday and then took the rest of the week off because of my work load), I decided to tag along with a group of friends who were going rock climbing on Sunday morning. I've never been rock climbing, and maybe I should have been grading... but instead, I decided to go for my very first rock climb. My first time up, I think I got about three feet off the ground before I was begging Dave(our belayer) to let me back down. After some time, and with a little encouragement, I decided to try it again. I got about half way up the rock, which was a lot further than I thought I would every get, and I got stuck in this really difficult part that everyone got stuck at. My hands are a lot more raw than I ever expected them to be, and I have a really nice bruise on my knee (which is huge... in the pictures, it just looks like some scratches. No way... it's about the size of a half dollar and nice and red). But I'm hooked. I think I'm buying a pair of climbing shoes this week in prep for our climb on Friday morning... it is summer for us in the academic world... try not to be jealous :)

Check out how red my hands are in this picture. This is pain and love:


8 comments:

Laura said...

Go you! Very brave of you to go on an actual rock your first time. I've only ever done rock walls. Keep it up!

Marcie said...

Way to go! I've never been "real" rock climbing before...I've only climbed the 'rock wall' at the gym once(and sucked at it, I might add). I'm sure I'd get nowhere on a real rock!

Cammy said...

Oooh, rock climbing! I never considered that! Given my obsession with my manicure, I should probably un-consider it. :)

Glad you had a great time outside the box!

KK @ Running Through Life said...

Go you! What an awesome new workout!

Angie Eats Peace said...

Whoa. Your hardcore! Go Kiki!

S.S. said...

Way to go! That sounds so fun and scary at the same time (hates heights-LOL)! Good Luck on Friday!

Irene said...

Oooh, I am jealous. I am hoping to do that this fall. Good job!!!

DaDivaStreet said...

Wow, that is awesome! I've been on a rock climbing wall & I thought that was tough! Glad you had a good time (even with a bump/bruise or two!)