You know, life is meaningless without a little bit - or a lot - of adventure every so often. After the past workweek of long days on the computer, I felt the urge to try something new: to challenge myself to something new. I needed to get out, and decided to try climbing out. Climbing has always been something interesting. On my hikes around the Tucson area, I would see climbers up at amazing heights in the Catilinas. It would both be awe inspiring, as well as, third party fear creating. This past Saturday I finally decided to pull the trigger, and try out the climbing adventure. I went to Planet Rock out in Ann Arbor Michigan, and it was a blast.
Starting the morning off right, I had a small hearty breakfast of peanut butter Bulgar wheat with almonds and a banana. This with my morning pep in a mug (i.e. coffee "lifeblood") got me ready to head over to Ann Arbor for a morning of climbing.
Getting to Ann Arbor, walking into the gym I was greeted by some of the nicest staff. All very knowledgeable of gym climbing. Once you get singed in, and if your a noob like myself, they will direct you to a great starter package that included the price of all the rental equipment, a day pass, a second day pass to you within 30 days, and a class to get the basics down. You know I'll be honest, walking into that gym I felt way overwhelmed. But, just diving in, I may have been no where near the best climber (in fact I was certainly the worst); however, it was still so exciting and thrilling. There's none of that crazy annoying judgment you may experience at a normal gym.
After feeling like my arms, and more so my fingers, were falling off, my roommate Zach and myself left the gym feeling as accomplished that we could for a first time gym climbing experience. Naturally, we felt we needed a reward after our climbing extravaganza, so Zach and I headed over to Arbor Brewing to get a pitcher of an amazing craft IPA. I must say, it was an amazing Saturday, and I will definitely be climbing there again.
P.S. - I am not being paid by Planet Rock. This blog is supported only by my personal income, and not YET by sponsors.