Powell Adventures: Rock Climbing

Trees, rocks, cliffs--I've always loved to climb. In my mind, I'm a regular Spider Man up and down the sides of cliffs. It might surprise you to know that that's not exactly the way I looked on our first real climb on a real, live rock, but we gave it our best shot. For our first climbing experience, we went rock climbing near Fayetteville, West Virginia, with our guide from Hard Rock Climbing, Bayer.

The first experience was a straightforward climb up the side of a rock wall. This is where I learned that short legs are a disadvantage--the first step was definitely the hardest. Jeff excelled on this climb and scampered right up the wall! I struggled on the big steps, but Bayer helped me hoist my body up to the top of the cliff by giving me some help with the rope; it wasn't pretty.

The next climb was of a different type. We braced our backs against one wall and our feet against another and inched our way up. I enjoyed this climb immensely because it didn't matter that my legs were short because the gap between the rocks wasn't very wide.

The third climb was all Jeff. He climbed up the side of another rock face but had to counterbalance his weight by holding on and leaning back from a rock lip. It was very impressive!

This was just our first attempt at rock climbing, and we did pretty well. More than anything, it was fun! It was something that I always wanted to do, and, now that I've done it, I can't wait to go again!

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