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  • Andrew 2:56 pm on May 29, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Belaying, Climbing, outdoors, ,   

    Throwing Light On (Rock Climbing) 

    An alarm clock set to 5am is like a door out into the arctic tundra: annoying, bitter, and cold. But then again, setting out to see the world is always worth it for me. And if what I’m seeing is just a cliff, then so be it. Delightful either way.

    I found myself climbing up a rock face two hours later. Little did I know how awesome it would be. It’s terribly fun and tiring to reach the top of a climb. You’re sweating (probably), panting, struggling to get up, but when you slap your hand down at the end of the rig, it’s a euphoric sense of pride.

    Of course, I’m not as great as a bunch of others I know, but seeing the view from the tip of a cliff can really get your mind going. I did that. Sometimes I get stuck, it happens. But if I do make it up one more step, that’s progress.

    That’s what rock climbing is all about: taking steps up to the reach the top. At every crack, you have to think to yourself, “is this a good foothold? What about this tiny little bulge right here?” More after the break.

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  • Andrew 11:26 pm on February 27, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Climbing, Ice, Ice axe, Ice climbing,   

    I Went Ice Climbing! 

    …and all I got were these pictures and a t-shirt. No really, I got a t-shirt!

    So I woke up around 6am and walked my way to the subway with a duffel bag. And then two hours later, there I was, in those pictures above.

    Ice Climbing is basically taking two ice picks, strapping them on, taking a pair of boots, and strapping spikes on those too, and then climbing up a wall of ice. While that may seem a bit simple, it really is on the outside.

    We went a little north of Seoul, I think, and entered a building that in no way resembled an ice climbing zone. Then I saw this giant metal door and looked inside. There was a massive refrigerator inside the facility. It kind of shocked me at first, I never expected for it to be so cold.

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