by Miss Prestin on Nov.16, 2010
So the other day for a morning workout I went with PiratePictures and his friend Larry rock climbing. This wasn’t the type of rock climbing where you are in a weekend course with supervisors, and rock climbing equipment et…this was a free-for-all climb… something a couple of medschool students (them) discovered on their own… and being as daring as we all are, I was up for the challenge, since they had already done it at least 4 times.
We started off running in a trail up the hill through vegetation and dirt lol it was a pretty intense messy trail. As we went further and further up the trail, the dirt slowly turned into large rocks and massive plants called Elephant Ears.
We were heading upward jumping from rock to rock over gaps that if you found yourself tripping and falling down one you would pretty much be fucked lol. The hardest part was yet to come as we climbed up straight rock! And with these nails..that was a challenge on its own.:P The trick was to find the groove in the rocks for your hands and to keep your hips flat against the rock keeping your legs spread wide. Also to not hold on to anything that wasn’t rock.
Another tip..DON’T LOOK DOWN! We were 1155ft in the air and of course I looked down hahaha bad idea..I lost some concentration and found myself stuck at a certain point for 10 min or so because I realized how high we had climbed…There was this last part where you are using all your arm strength to pull yourself up quickly, dangling from this insane rock, as you throw yourself up on a ledge. But to our surprise we threw ourselves up into an unexpected HUGE BIRD that was nesting, staring right in our faces hissing furiously! HAHAHA it was the scariest thing ever knowing that you’re already hanging off this rock for dear life and an angry dragon bird may just fly out in ur face haha..you would die..…
Once again, that totally broke my concentration. Another tip is to just keep going.
It was an amazing experience and an awesome arm, ass, leg workout…the way down was at the back of the mountain where you had to go fairly slow. I burnt my hands on a couple of rocks because it was so hot… -note to self: get some gloves.
Running the trail where it became flatter ground felt nice. The whole experience took about 2 hours but mainly because we stopped and looked at the view and it was my first time. My goal next time is to do it faster and to try going down using more my legs vs. my hands..also to mentally prepare myself for enormous hissing hidden birds.