Today I went to the local climbing gym with Alex oniugnip, Will, and Will's friend Andrew. I had never tried it before and was kind of nervous, but it was a lot of fun! In the toproping room, which apparently has 33-foot walls, I managed to get all the way to the top of a route marked 5.5 and most of the way up another, slightly harder route, both with the help of Alex belaying and Will yelling encouragement and advice from the ground. I also learned how to belay for Alex, who, as usual, was an animal, climbing 5.9s and 5.10s, including some with steep overhangs.
I had been worried for some reason that climbing would be too difficult for my weak ab muscles, but actually, my abs aren't sore at all; all the soreness is in my forearms, and even that isn't so bad. I think I could have challenged myself more. I'm eager to go back. Also, wearing the toproping harness made me feel vaguely badass -- which is funny, considering that it's more or less the equivalent of a seatbelt. Perhaps seatbelts could be redesigned in such a way as to make the wearer feel awesome.
I ducked into the bouldering room for a little while (since I heard that Chris chrisamaphone likes bouldering) and tried to climb something marked V1, but really couldn't get very far. Later, Andrew mentioned that a V1 bouldering problem is the equivalent of a 5.9 or so in toproping, so I didn't feel so bad.