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And my hands say: “Aaauuuggghhhh!”

Went rock climbing for the third time this month. Before you ask: no, not outside. In a rock climbing gym. The goal is to eventually get to the point where I can climb outside with Andy, but for now, I’m still very much a novice. Plus I don’t have shoes or a harness, so that makes outdoor climbing sort of tricky. ^_-

My hands are tired. I actually tried following the 5.8 paths this time, and they kicked my butt. It was a great workout though. I really enjoy it so far. It takes a little getting used to leaning back on the rope to be lowered down (we’re doing only top-rope climbing at the moment), but it’s a lot of fun.

Now, time to get some writing done. ^_^

3 thoughts on “And my hands say: “Aaauuuggghhhh!””

  1. I recently started climbing, too. And can I just say – the title of this blog really hit home for me. :)

    My hands don’t like temperatures after I climb, anything moderately hot or cold is like an assault on the forming calluses. But it’s all worth it.

    Oh, and btw – I lived in Portland for 4 years. But never climbed there. Any suggestions on rock gyms for when I make it back to visit?

    1. Hi Jen!

      So far, the only one I’ve gone to is the Portland City Rock Gym (on Sandy Blvd., I believe). It can get a bit crowded (especially at this time of year!), but if you can squeak in earlier in the day, the rates are cheaper and there’s a lot more room. It’s a little more challenging if you go rock climbing after work (like I usually have to), but early (9am) Saturday and Sunday mornings is usually pretty calm. They tend to host training classes those mornings, though, so the easier climbs (5.6/5.7) are usually taken, but they have a lot of 5.8s and 5.9s available.

      I haven’t had a chance to get in much outdoor climbing yet. I’ve heard good things about Brighton Bluff off 84 towards Hood River, and I’ve had more experienced friends rave about Beacon Rock. Other than that, I’m still looking around myself for good spots! ^_^ Hope that’s helpful and thanks for stopping by!

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