Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Just Lean Back

Looking up and then down I realized that I had nowhere else to go.  I feel my legs and lower back becoming stiffer, a result of the strength training session I completed just an hour beforehand.  My arms are heavy from maintaining this position for longer than needed.  I call down "I'm stuck and done."  Brooke shouts back "I got you, just lean back and let go."  My mind starts to race as I imagine myself letting go of the security the wall has to offer, but I have no where else to go!  I can't stay here hanging all day and the place is so damn cold I feel my toes becoming numb.  So I reply "Yes mam" and lean back, putting all faith in the rope and in Brooke.  My feet slowly walk down the wall and I find myself back on the ground.  I just completed my first indoor rock climb (over 1/3 up the climbing wall) and belay down.  And you know what...it was a rush like no other.  I can't suppress the smile that creeps along my face, so I let it stay and ask to go up one more time before we leave.  Last time up, I go just a bit further and then belay down again, ever so gently releasing my fingers from the grips implanted into the wall.  God damn it I think I may just be turning, ever so slowly, into a climber...