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Friday, February 18, 2005

What a Dork!

I wish it wouldn't look so dorky to take a camera into the climbing gym and have someone take photographs of me. Last night, I did my first lead climb. Marc taught me the basics for a few minutes and then off I went. It's exciting to be the "first" one to climb, to have to clip in, and feel like I'm taking on more responsibility somehow. Of course, I totally froze for five minutes when I was asked to practice a fall on a lead climb, and I just couldn't bring myself to let go of the hold. It took a lot of encouraging words and reassurances (which sounded weird, because they were saying, "Let go! Fall! Fall!", which in itself doesn't sound encouraging relative to climbing, does it?) for me to finally take the fall. And that's only the beginning because I cheated and fell right after clipping in instead of falling from a higher place so that it would be more realistic. But that will come with time.

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