“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” – Anaïs Nin
I started rock climbing because it’s new and because I’m afraid of heights.
Walking over to the edge of “something” with a drop off (like a bridge or scenic overlook) makes me feel very uncomfortable. I hate to drive up mountainside roads with no guardrails.
I’m learning to climb so that I can rule my fear so that it does not rule me.
After a two months of indoor climbing and a single day outdoors, I am now just starting to appreciate how much I don’t know about climbing technique. So much to learn. Every climb is a new challenge: maintain balance, conserve energy, climb smoother. Every climb is rewarding.
I’ve been doing triathlons since 1995 so I am an experienced veteran. As a climber, I get to be a newbie again. That’s exciting!