Saturday, February 6, 2010

Hoping That My Muscles Will Remember

The final piece of the puzzle is in place. I scoured the internet for a harness and decided to get one from Upper Limits and I'm glad that I did. The harnesses have instructions but there's nothing like a human telling you that you need to double back on your buckles or that you can belay and climb on the auto-belay through the belay loop but for climbing you need to have two points of contact for your rope.

I also got to try on the harness and climb in it before I made my decision.

Behold, my Black Diamond Momentum Al harness (XL size):




At first, it felt weird not climbing in the rental Yates -- probably because I've been renting and wearing the Yates exclusively. I should have invested in a harness a long time ago but I wasn't sure if I'd be really bitten by the rock climbing bug. And, oh boy, have I been bitten. I miss the wall almost as soon as I step out of the gym.

I finally managed to get up the 5.8b (a.k. a. #1 nemesis) And You're Ready Now? route. It took me many takes and I don't really know how I made it over the arĂȘte but I did; I'm hoping that my muscles will remember. I was sapped after that 5.8b and could barely muster enough energy to make it up less demanding routes. Nevertheless, I was quite satisfied to have finally made it up And You're Ready Now? Yay!!!

Here are some videos about how to look for a harness and how to put one on.





On a final note, looking at my, woo hoo, smaller butt makes me think about Greta over at Big Bottom Blogger.

And, of course, Da Butt also comes to mind.

3 comments:

  1. You look great in that harness! I've never done rock climbing. Maybe someday. . .

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  2. @Nicci,

    I first went in Dec. of 2008 and I barely made it up one route and I was nervous as all get out; so, I didn't return for months.

    My visits continued to be spotty and I thought I would never get belaying down even though everyone else seemed to have no problem with it.

    Finally, I got a 10 visit pass in Dec. 09, started going every Saturday (at least) and, sometimes, twice a week. Now, I can't imagine not climbing. ;)

    @Diane,

    Thanks! I'm starting to feel more and more comfortable with my weight even though I would like to lose more. When I look at the picture, I'm able to see that I have accomplished a lot.

    I think you should definitely try rock climbing one day. Of course, I'm completely biased right now. ;)

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