Gaining Momentum

Posted by on November 18, 2016 at 4:08 pm :: 2 Comments

Recently, our friend Adam visited from out of state. Remembering how much he liked indoor rock climbing, we invited him to join us for an evening at Momentum doing precisely that. Adam, excitable in general, was especially excited about this. His enthusiasm was not misplaced; we had a fantastic time completely depleting ourselves.

Adam's overabundance of climbing enthusiasm was contagious.

Adam’s overabundance of climbing enthusiasm was contagious.

Something may be troubling you. Namely, why would someone with an aversion to high places exert a lot of effort to pull herself into one? Don’t try to make sense of it; simply think of it as a warped kind of therapy. Sure, my hands shook the first time I went up the wall, like they always do on my initial climb, but I relaxed after a bit and had the satisfaction of knowing I’d taken a little more power away from that which frightens me.

You can have a good time doing intimidating things.

You can have a good time doing intimidating things.

Jason has an unusually-long arm span, making him the perfect monkey.

Jason has an unusually-long arm span, making him the perfect monkey.

Yes, we had a tremendous and exhausting time… not to mention an amusing one. Have you ever seen a T. rex try to do a pull-up? Yup, that’s why rock climbing with me is highly entertaining.

This picture gives the illusion that I have arm muscles. Go ahead and believe your eyes; I don't mind.

This picture gives the illusion that I have arm muscles. Go ahead and believe your eyes; I don’t mind.

Incidentally, three is a perfect size for a rock-climbing group. Everyone gets a lot of wall time but also breaks here and there to get a grip on their grip.

2 Comments

  • Cam says:

    I was literally thinking, “Man, Rachel looks buff in that picture!” As I scrolled down I saw the caption. I will choose to believe my eyes.

  • Rachel says:

    The picture wasn’t doctored but it doesn’t seem like a good representation of my upper-body strength. I guess I must have those muscles but I don’t know how.

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