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"I feel vaguely like Lara Croft." [Jan. 8th, 2011|09:22 pm]
Lindsey Kuper

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.

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[User Picture]From: cos
2011-01-09 02:52 am (UTC)
Your "bouldering" link is empty.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2011-01-09 04:17 am (UTC)
Fixed; thanks! (By the way, I think 80% of your comments here have been busted link reports. I'm curious: is that always your style, or are you just doing it for me?)
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[User Picture]From: cos
2011-01-09 07:11 pm (UTC)
Hmm. Neither? I'm reading most of your posts, but don't usually have a comment to add. But if there's a broken link, I often notice.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2011-01-09 04:27 am (UTC)
Yeah, that makes sense. I had previously thought that there was no such thing as climbing without your core, but now that I think about it, my core muscles don't get much of a workout when I climb a ladder, and climbing on vertical walls is like climbing a very irregular ladder. I suppose that the greater the overhang, the more you need to use your core to stay on the wall.
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[User Picture]From: oniugnip
2011-01-09 06:08 pm (UTC)
... and that's the goal, right? Push more of the work into the bigger, more central muscles?
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[User Picture]From: linettasky
2011-01-09 04:09 am (UTC)
Rock climbing will give you AWESOME shoulders if you keep at it. I lived with a woman for a while who tangoed, rode her bike, and rock climbed -- she was a rock-solid mass of hotness. Even better, despite being only 5'3" or something like that, she was SUPER strong.

I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2011-01-09 05:11 am (UTC)
I'm planning to keep going once a week, maybe more often if I can manage it. I'm all for becoming a rock-solid mass of hotness. For the most part, my legs are hard and the rest of me is squishy.
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[User Picture]From: keystricken
2011-01-09 11:50 pm (UTC)
I once went bouldering with the lady linettasky describes, and I can attest that watching her climb was a seriously sexy experience. It was like watching vertical tango dancing, if that makes any sense.
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[User Picture]From: pmb
2011-01-10 04:39 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2011-01-10 04:49 pm (UTC)
That looks awesome! On the other hand, I think a lot of climbers are in it for the fun of problem solving, so all those regularly-spaced and equally-sized holds wouldn't be interesting to them.
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