Why I Love to Climb

May 2, 2014

Happy Friday Everyone!

This week I want to share with you why I love to climb. Wether it’s in a rock gym or on a vertical face of ice, climbing is one of my favorite things to do. But, why? What could possibly be so fun about climbing? I have a few reasons why I love to do it.

Reason 1: Nothing else matters when you’re out there. It doesn’t matter what you got on your math test or what the score of the Red Sox game is. You don’t need to know what John Q. Citizen just tweeted. All that matters is you, the rope, the belayer, and the rock/ice.

Reason 2: It pushes your limits, mentally and physically. I remember the first time I repelled down on a rope. It was scary! I had to walk backwards out over the edge of the cliff as I held the rope that kept me from falling. I will always remember that feeling. It was a combination of fear and excitement. But, after the fact, I was floating on cloud nine. I had just overcome a LARGE mental barrier. After going down the ice, it’s time to go back up. After an entire day of climbing, you become exhausted. I remember one day in particular when we had climbed for several hours and I wanted to go up the vertical ice one more time. As I got about halfway up, my hands went completely numb. Having your hands above your head for minutes at a time  and cold temps make the blood stay out of your hands. When I got back down to the bottom, I couldn’t untie myself from the rope because my hands were locked and so fatigued.
Reason 3: This reason actually comes to me from a quote from a world class climber, Conrad Anker. In an interview with Mr. Anker, he stated this, “One of the basic tenants of Buddhism is: “life is suffering,” and I think they nailed it. They were like, no matter what you do or what your existence is, it involves a certain degree of suffering from the moment you are born. And some people, they do all the can to mitigate it. They spend lavish amounts of money on luxuries and comforts and pampering themselves. But at the end of the day that’s not what really motivates me. I think that putting yourself in a trying situation where it’s cold and it’s hard, you begin to understand the human condition.” When I first heard this quote, I instantly fell in love with it. Climbing and mountaineering truly does make you understand the “human condition,” and I love it for that reason.

 

Until Next Week,

Alec

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  1. Jay Riley Jay Riley says:

    “Great things are done when men and mountains meet;
    This is not done by jostling in the street.”
    – William Blake

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