Tuesday, August 16, 2011

101 in 1001 #37

Strictly speaking, I should be searching for things that I was planning on taking to the US with me tomorrow (TOMORROW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!) but which have mysteriously vanished. Instead, I'm doing one last pre-departure blog post.

On Saturday night, I crossed something else off my Day Zero list - we went indoor rock climbing for my brother C's birthday. I was pretty excited about it before we actually got there. Aaaaaaaaaand of course the minute they hooked me up to a climbing rope, I got all panicky and "It's hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiigh" and "Oh God, oh God, we're all going to die." (bonus nerd points if you know what I pilfered the last bit from)

So I didn't end up doing *quite* as much climbing as I'd originally planned on. It wasn't so much the actual climbing part that I had a problem with (although I *did* object to being hit in the head with the rope repeatedly on one particular climb...). It was the getting down again. There's just something about taking my hands off the wall that caused me to have a minor anxiety attack... That said, I did enjoy the belaying and shouting helpful tips like "Move your left foot to that green bit!" up to whoever was climbing. And I was told that I was an excellent belayer, so yay me!

In the end, I got distracted by running around taking photos with my shiny new 50mm lens and kind of forgot that I was there to rock climb #whoops I also handed my camera off to someone who had absolutely no idea how to use it (my bad - I really should have explained better...), so there are a whopping zero photos of me climbing or otherwise.

So I shall leave you with this photo of C wearing his "I'm concentrating very hard on belaying" face:

I'll be blogging via email from my phone over the next six weeks, so please ignore the inevitable spelling mistakes and lack of paragraph breaks and pictures. I promise I'll post proper updates about my trip when I get home to make up for it!

K xx


  1. I'm exceptionally terrible at rock climbing, and have yet to make it all the way to the top haha.

    Hope you have a super awesome time in the US! :) I'll be looking forward to your updates.

  2. Yay! yes letting go and repelling down is the scariest part for me too!

    Safe travels, have tons of fun!

  3. I'm good at the down-part, but making me climb up? Ohgod, ohgod, OHGOD. (PS: THIS LANDING IS GONNA GET INTERESTING! ... Do I win?)

    Enjoy your time here! Well, there! You're going to be in Chicago, so tell it hi for me.

  4. I'll be bringing my laptop (it's kinda like a child to me) with me to Bean-town, so you can tweak your posts then if you want!


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