Well I am back into rock climbing. As is my nature, I skate from one thing to another; never really staying with one hobby for too long. Though rock climbing has certainly been my on again, off again mistress of the past few years. With so many rock climbing indoor gyms around the Los Angeles area, it really is hard to resist the temptation for long.
I recently began at my old stomping ground of a rock climbing gym, and I have to admit; I certainly missed that place. So over the last few weeks I have been getting back into the swing of things in this regard. I started easy, on what is referred to as a 5.5 grade climb. For the layman out there, all hills and grades actually have ratings. Flat things are a 1 grade and it goes up as the climb/walk is more difficult. So a good hike somewhere would be about a 3 grade. A 4 grade would be something that actually requires some slopped up-wards climbing but that would not require to be on a rope due to the fact that it is angled more down-ward and not truly vertical. Now once you get to a 5 grade that means that the thing you are climb is essentially a “wall” and requires you to be on a rope for safety. So it kind of starts there; a 5.5 grade is considered “beginner” level.
So with all the safety equipment in these climbing gyms like crash pads made of padded crosslink floors to take any impact if you slip from a small height, and pit mats for the free climbing area; you’re pretty safe being a fool up on some rocks. Not to mention the biggest safety equipment; your friend that is holding the other end of your rope, also referred to as being on belay.
So with all that, over the last few weeks of falling off fake rocks and landing on the gymnastics flooring and crash pads, I have finally reached a new record high for myself, I recently concurred a 5.9 grade wall. It may not sound like much, but you should have seen it. 40 vertical feet of awesome! I heavily suggest, in my non-medical option that you all try it at least once.