Archive for April, 2014

A Rope On A Rock

Apologies for the blur. My hands were shaking a little.

Apologies for the blur. My hands were shaking a little.


Spent a great day today with my friend Mary, in Eldorado Canyon.  I hadn’t climbed there in 17 years maybe?  It’s been a long time.  For the last 12 hours I had been vascillating between sheer terror and excited anticipation.

As we walked into the canyon, I was surprised as my heart raced a little; the thought of touching the rock “in that way.”

Within minutes of choosing the route and getting the gear laid out I could see that Mary was in her element.  She moved easily and surely, putting gear on her harness, getting ready to lead a rope up the rock face.

When it was my turn to go up, I felt ready.  There were a few tense moments though.  Like when I thought the cramp in my calf was never going to stop. About halfway up I saw the dark skies and felt the rain start to fall. Then I wondered if the metal gear on my harness made me a prime target should an electrical storm blow in.  (No electrical storm. Rain didn’t last too long. I did not get struck by lightening.)

I’m sure I’ll do it again, although my old body is a bit stiff and achy right now. I’d want to do the same two routes. I didn’t accomplish either with much style today, and I know they’ll feel better the next time.  On one called “Calypso” I ended up sitting into the rope.  (Mary, at that point, was my lifeline.) “The Bomb” was an easier one, but not the hop-skip-and-a-jump that I remembered it to be, but . . . hey, it’s been like 17 years!



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