Last Saturday afternoon took us a little bit out of the District and way out of my comfort zone. I have been on a rock-climbing wall once in my life, almost ten years ago and without much to show for it. I got approximately 3 ft off the ground (let’s be generous here…) before my body froze and wondered why I was testing gravity. Yeah, it works; you will fall!
“I want actions to come from discomfort (not safety) and experiences to be prioritized over everything else.”
Discomfort is: looking up to the top of a 70 ft. vertical wall that someone can climb using their hands and feet. The Experience: tying my own knots, clipping into the carabiner and climbing the 30 ft. (beginner’s) version without having a complete panic attack.
Our adventures took place in the largest indoor rock-climbing wall in the country. Who knew that was in Rockville, MD? Staying true to the city’s name, I ‘spose…
Earth Treks offers a great “Intro” package that D snatched up for us both: $75 for an Intro to Climbing/Belaying class, 15-day gym pass & subsequent Intro to Movement class. You get belay-certified and leave that first step with enough confidence to think you just might come back and give that 5.6 wall-route another try.
The Earth Treks facility offers:
- Over 38,500 square feet of climbing walls
- 40 feet tall (although they actually look taller)
- Extra, extra large bouldering cave
- Over 200 top-rope climbs with lead routes interspersed
- Four separate teaching areas
- State-of-the-art fitness area
- Locker rooms
- Yoga Room & Yoga classes (alright, fine…I’m in!)
A big-sell for DC’ers is that it’s metro accessible! (This is especially convenient if you’re among those of us in the NW quadrant.) It only took us about 30 min. to get to the gym, though be prepared to come face to face with an enormous furniture store first. Go around the back – bam! Rock climbing central.
We’re heading back this week to get in some more practice and make sure my hands, arms, legs, back and mind all remember to stay on the same page!
Are you a rock-climber? Indoor or outdoor?
Anyone else find this sport just a little bit insane (in the good way, of course)?