Posted by: Bob McMichael | August 25, 2010

Social Climbing

I’ve been meaning to post this recent experience… My second time climbing with ropes. The first, ten years ago in exactly the same place, terrified me. This time, thanks to my friend John’s confidence-inspiring guidance and experience, was a blast!

My climbing mentor John

My climbing mentor John

DIscussing strategy with John before the climb

Discussing strategy with John before the climb, during his sprint workout on the Boise High School track

This is the look up the Black Cliffs

This is the look up the Black Cliffs

John giving me a lesson on belaying

John giving me a lesson on belaying, the most important point being that since he weighs over 100 lbs. more than I he should not fall

John going up to set the rope

John going up to set the rope

John almost to the top

John almost to the top

My turn

My turn

Resting

Resting, and enjoying the harness's snugness

Nearly there

Nearly there

Ringing the bell

Ringing the bell

Heading down - wee!

Heading down - wee!

Getting belayed down is a blast

Getting belayed down is a blast

Leslie getting into it

Leslie getting into it

Leslie's form - a natural

Leslie's form - a natural

The fun over, heading down the trail

The fun over, heading down the trail

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Responses

  1. Isn’t it weird that we both went climbing for the first time and at the same place exactly 10 years ago but we didn’t meet until 1 year later.

    • Freakin’ bizarre I say! Bizarre!

  2. Thank you for showing us that climbing area. Next time we will bring sandwiches to eat by the river. You can play bagpipes and I will finger-paint naked while Leslie and Joan build jewelry.


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