As I mentioned last month, my best friend Jodi and I are having once a month Fun Fitness Weekends! This past weekend we headed to PRG – Philadelphia Rock Gym and both got certified in belaying and decided to tackle the high walls! It was Jodi’s first time up, and while she is
deathly afraid scared of heights, she managed to get half way up the wall! Every climb up Jodi ascended higher than the climb before. She had to put all her trust in me, since I was the one belaying her (the belayer is the person who holds the rope and takes up the slack for the person climbing, and also prevents the climber from falling to their death) The rope is secured through my harness, and after an extremely thorough lesson by the lovely Lauren (another Lauren!) who works at PRG, I was definitely ready and confident in my belaying abilities. Jodi was so afraid of the wall height that she was shaking from head to toe – but she pushed through and did it! Jodi ROCKED that wall.
Climbing is such a mental sport – we are all physically capable…but mentally you can easily psyche yourself out of reaching for that next hold on the wall. You think “oh I won’t make it” or “my hand will miss and I’ll fall” but you have to remember that your partner on the ground who is belaying you, has you, and you aren’t going to go anywhere if you let go. You’ll just dangle in the air. You really have to trust that person and double check each others harness, knots, etc.