CityRock with the kids

I was particularly excited to go to CityRock tonight because
my kids were going with me. 
Thomas was a
given, but I had to bribe Emily with pizza.
She was tired because today was her first day of Driver’s Ed (8am-5pm
all week!).
  We ate pizza as I drove,
parked at First Pres, and walked over to CityRock.

Once again, it was packed for a Monday night.  I’m not sure when it isn’t packed?  I realized when we arrived I’d forgotten my
moleskin again.
  Oh well, I just prepared
myself to get blisters and put on my shoes.
I got to hold the chalk bag.

Thomas is in Rocky Mountain High, so he has quite a bit of
experience rock climbing. 
He was
impressed with the belay device we just got, and wanted to try it out.
  I know he knows his knots (being an Eagle
Scout and all), but it’s really cool to see him just use them.
  He did a great job!  Oh, and I had no problems whatsoever with any
of mine.
  We’ll see what happens next

We all climbed and Thomas and I belayed.  I’m not great at belaying, but no one got
  I need some more practice. 

It was funny to see Thomas so serious about using the proper
commands and ensuring we tested the ropes out every time. 
I’m glad he takes safety so seriously!

Thomas and I raced each other at one point.  He won, of course, but in my defense he’s had
more practice, I took the harder route, and he’s taller than I am.

We spent some time on the slackline and climbing rope.  I was getting pretty good at walking across
the slackline by the end of the night.
 Thomas was the only one who could climb this

And balance like this…

I left to do some bouldering, and when I looked for the kids
again I noticed Thomas belaying Emily. 
What a nice brother!  I decided to
record them and get a view of the gym too, for those of who’re wondering what a
climbing gym looks like.

Remember that run I tried to do last week and failed?  The 5.10-? 
Well, this time I did it after I’d already successfully done about 4
runs and was successful:
  so now I can
saw I really was just tired last week!

Yes, I got blisters on my heels, but despite (or maybe
because of?) using chalk I got weird sores on my hands this time. 
You know when you’re in the pool too long and
your feet and toes get rubbed raw?
was happening to my fingers and palms.
seriously need to work up those calluses!
On a positive note, I still have my fingernails…

Towards the end I had Emily take a video of me doing an easy
bouldering wall.  We actually spent quite
a bit of time bouldering today.
  One of
these days I’ll probably just boulder.
tend to start out rock climbing because the gym gets busy and pretty soon the
belays are all taken, but that means I’m already tired when it’s time to

We only stayed for about two hours, ending our night with
I seriously need to work on
shifting my balance while stationary, but I was able to complete the run

One thing I realized was how important the belayer actually
Tim was much better at belaying than
  In other words, Tim was making
me look good (Thomas wasn’t bad, but there was a noticeable difference).
  It was easier to climb with a good belayer, as
they help lift you up.
  This must be why the
auto-belays aren’t so popular.

I loved being there with my kids!  I’m excited to go back later this week with
all 3!

Author: Laura M Clark

Mom, Solo Colorado 14er Finisher, Outdoor Enthusiast, Traveler, and Girl Scout Leader with an MBA in International Business and Marketing. I value adventure, growth, courage, wisdom, integrity, accountability, and family. I enjoy yoga, wine, whiskey, traveling, reading, and the outdoors. I strive to be the person who inspires and motivates myself and others to succeed.

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