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
week…


We all climbed and Thomas and I belayed.  I’m not great at belaying, but no one got
hurt.
  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?
  That
was happening to my fingers and palms.
  I
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.
  I
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
boulder.
 

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

One thing I realized was how important the belayer actually
is. 
Tim was much better at belaying than
Thomas.
  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

Laura has summited over 500 peaks above 13,000' solo, including being the first woman to solo summit all of the Colorado 14ers, as well as the centennials. After each hike, she writes trip reports for each one and publishes them on her blog, which is read by fans all over the world. Author of Wild Wanderer: Summiting Colorado’s 200 Highest Peaks, which is available to purchase on Amazon.

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