Rock Climbing with Rebecca

been over a year since Rebecca’s been rock climbing.  We’d planned on all going together this

but it just wasn’t happening, so this morning I woke Rebecca
up at 10:30am and we headed down to CityRock.

As usual, the place was busy.  I’ve never been climbing with Rebecca (I’ve
chaperoned, but never climbed with her) so this was fun!

We spent some time on the climbing wall, and I got a selfie
of us both at the top of our runs!

I’ve been climbing for about a month now, and while I can
climb 5.10, I’m extremely comfortable at a 5.9, so I stick there most of the
time (but keep trying the harder ones as well).

We spent some time bouldering too, which I don’t think
Rebecca’s done too much of.  She was

There’s a V3 bouldering route I’ve been trying to master for
a while now, and today I was finally able to get it right!  (It’s the yellow route in the middle)

This is one I’ve seen many people attempt,
but no one complete.  I’ve tried it once
or twice, but was unsuccessful as well.  You
see, I’ve never been able to grab one of the holds.  Today I tried the run 3 times and just couldn’t
get it, so I decided to clean the hold. 

 OMG!  What a difference that
made!  I was finally able to grip it, and
successfully summit!  I did it three
times in a row (so it wasn’t a fluke) and finally had Rebecca take a video of
me to prove I’d done it. I was ecstatic!
This video makes it look easy, but it really isn’t:  those moves take changes of body weight that
are difficult to manage!

We spent about 2 hours climbing/bouldering, and left happy
and exhausted!

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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