Six Reasons For You To Take Up Rock Climbing

As children many of us enjoy climbing. However, climbing isn’t just for children, and taking up climbing as a hobby could be great for you. Here are some of the top reasons why rock climbing could be your next big passion, and why so many people make it a part of their lives.

Outdoors: Rock climbing can get you outdoors, and often takes you to some really beautiful places. You could find yourself in a local valley, at a national park, or even somewhere on the other side of the world. There is great climbing everywhere.

As an outdoor activity, rock climbing also ties in well with other hobbies such as camping and canoeing. You could happily spend a day paddling up a river to a climbing spot, enjoying a challenging climb, and then paddling back to your camp at the end of a great days climbing.

Indoors: Although rock climbing is more common as an outdoor activity, you can also enjoy it in indoor environments. Many gyms and public sports centers have climbing facilities. This is great for those who don’t have time to get to natural climb spots, or who live in the middle of a big city. It’s also useful for times when the weather is bad.

Graded: Rock climbing routes are graded. This indicates how difficult the climb is likely to be. As a climber, you will start out only able to tackle the lowest graded routes. However, with time you’ll improve and be able to tackle harder routes. This grading system allows you to gauge your progress, helping you to recognize your improvement and that of your friends.

Non-competitive: Generally, rock climbing is a non-competitive sport. The only person you usually compete against is yourself  to see if you can go that bit further and harder. This makes it a more mentally relaxed pursuit, even though it’s one of the most physically demanding of all sports. Generally all you have to worry about is you and the rock. This makes it therapeutic, helping you to stay focused and stop thinking about the stresses of your daily life.

Competitive: While much rock climbing is non-competitive, there are competitive options for those who are interested. Competitions are usually held at indoor locations. Climbers compete in rounds, and are judged on speed, point-reached and various other indicators.

Fitness: In addition to the outright fun that rock climbing offers, it also improves fitness. Climbing itself is strenuous, and will challenge you whether you are a beginner or have become quite advanced. It uses all of the muscles in your body to from the tips of your toes to the tips of your fingers and everything in between! Your legs, guts, core, chest, shoulders, back, and arms will all be put to the test.

After a certain point, you’ll probably even need to start a training program in order to continue to improve your climbing. Having lots of endurance as well as all-round body strength are essential to advanced climbing.

These are just a few of the reasons why so many people today enjoy rock climbing as part of their lifestyle, and why you should consider taking up rock climbing yourself. It’s great fun, challenging, good for the mind and great for the body. Whatever you got to lose? Go ahead and give it a go!

 

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Write Anything Wednesday-105

 

Love You Always

In summertime, our love is delicate, like lilies floating in the breeze.
In wintertime, our love is warm — it goes from hand to toes.

If skies are blue, our love is happy — two people running in the sun.
If thunder rolls our love is brave, a refuge from the falling rain.

When spring flowers bloom, our love is bold, like yellow petals on the iris.
When autumn leaves fall, our love is brass, shining bright like a harvest sunset.

From valentines day till easter our love will continue to delight.
From season to season I love you always! My one, my only, my darling.

 

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Writing Wednesday – 8 February 2017

AngieTrafford

Hello everybody and welcome to another Writing Wednesday. The idea of this is I am going to write about whatever subject has inspired me this week.

Everybody is welcome to join in, of course, and you can do that by either writing something in the comments or giving me a pingback to your work. (It goes without saying that you should feel free to share your work if you get the urge to do so!)

What am I going to use as my inspiration this week?

The word… Silence.

Quiet

It isn’t true you know. Silence is not always golden but sometimes, just sometimes, it can be very unwelcome. I mean, it is certainly not uncommon to want that time to yourself to just think about everything that is happening. There are times, though, that the last thing you need is to be alone with your thoughts.

When you are…

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Divine Intervention

One rainy afternoon, I woke up after taking a nap and discovered that I had transformed into a reindeer that was being hunted against a real alpha predator. I was running too fast through a marshy and muddy section of the woods when I slid straight down a 10-foot cliff to the ponds edge. That’s when another predator emerged. This beast was huge; easily 800 pounds and full feet across, with a huge tail and what seemed like 10,000 razor sharp teeth. And there was no denying it; her eyes were completely locked on me. I was to be her afternoon snack.

But the alligator didn’t come straight to me, at least not at first. I can still remember that it had rained early that day as well because the embankment was pure mud and there was no way to climb it. So I couldn’t go up, and I wasn’t going to try circle around the massive creature; there were far too many limbs and dead tree branches in the way. So all I could do was stand there. Every nerve in my body was telling me to scream, to run, to do something to save my dear life. Yet, I was completely frozen with terror. I knew for sure that I was about to die and there was nothing I could do to change my fate.

I can still feel the warm water around my ankles and smell the pungent stench of the mud. Every detail of what happened, every minute of time that elapsed. I vividly remember what I was feeling in those dark moments. It will never go away. When the alligator finally got tired of watching me, she shot out of that water like a canon. It was unbelievable how so much mass could seemingly defy physics and get airborne, yet there she was pulling towards my body in a blink of an eye.

The predator came from the far side of the pond at incredible speeds without the slightest hesitation. Only one thing saved my life. The fallen tree branches that just happened to be in the water. When the gators belly hit a sharp edged log, she almost immediately came to a stop, retreated a few feet and then lunged at me again. But by then it was too late. I heard an explosion directly above my head. It was a complete stranger  carrying a wicked 12 gauge shotgun.

I say wicked because it shot out the fire for at least three feet, and he lit that gator up with every last shell in the magazine. The sound was really deafening. BOOM! BOOM!. Up to date, I still think the sound scared the gator more than the ammunition hitting her did. How did the stranger find me in time? To this day, I still call it divine intervention.

The savior was a neighbor from a different housing development who took his dogs out to run through the woods in the late afternoons. Evidentially, his German shepherd saw me fall and brought his owner straight to me, and the older folk always carried his shotgun in case of finding a rattlesnake. To cut a long story short, this was a just but a dream within another dream. I was woken up by a colleague who banged the door as he walked out of the office after he realized that I was deep asleep.

 

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