Climbing with Mrs. and Ms. Lavelle

Good afternoon!
I just ate a late lunch and, as I’m trying to write this post, my shaky fingers and sore forearms remind me of where I spent all morning — in the climbing gym!

My mom and I have been dreaming about trying out climbing since forever, but today we finally did it, and it was so much fun!

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To our big surprise we both made it to the top on our first try. I kind of expected my mom to make it, mostly because she’s half squirrel, but also because she’s capable of dusting the house while balancing on top of three chairs, a table and a ladder at the same time. Okay, that is perhaps taking is a little far, but you get my point.

I, on the other hand, didn’t have the greatest confidence as I tightened the harness. I used to be able to do 18 pull-ups, but it’s been a year since I even tried to do one, so I wasn’t sure I’d even make it off the ground, haha. But as soon as I got started I realized it was as much about coordination, flexibility, stamina and technique as strength.

Yup, that’s my mama.

Going down was a slighty scarier than going up because the safety-rope was controlled mechanically, and it looked so scrawny! The instructor told us to just “let go” once we reached the top, and I swear it felt like I was free-falling for seconds before the rope tightened and I could be optimistic about getting to live another day again.

I have a strange love for heights, so I’d definitely like to do this again. If you ever get the chance you should totally give it a try!


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