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Now don’t get me wrong, I’ve had my fare share of flappers in my time climbing, but this is by far the most painful. And also in a really awkward place, cant exactly tape this and move on. Anyway it was a good day climbing :) 

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       Thank the heavens I finally went climbing! Well, indoor climbing but I’ll take what I can get. I went with a good friend from school. We hopped on the 66 bus going east and about 7 minutes later we arrived at our stop. We hopped off and I remembered from the Google Maps sky view that we should take a right to get to the gym so we turned right and started walking. About half a mile later, we realized that we were lost and there was no gym in sight. Thanks to the great minds at Samsung an their wonderful smartphones, we discovered that we had gone a half mile in the complete wrong direction…

       So, after a nice one mile walk from where we were, we arrived at the gym! Success! Now, it’s been a looong while since I last went climbing (and let’s be honest here, I’ve never been… how you would say “good”) but my upper body strength has most certainly declined. On the up side my technique has defiantly improved from hours and hours of watching climbing video and comp recaps. I pulled my way up a few problems and thought my way up a few more and overall it was a successful day. Also, may I just mention that one of my favorite things about climbing is the people you get to meet. I met some people at the gym that are all super cool and took time to help us out even though they were way better than we were.

        Now, the plan was to catch the 66 west bus back to our school for a football game! However, being total newbies to the public transportation system we ended up getting back on the 66 bus going east… away from our target. We quickly realized our mistake thanks to the help of nice young man and got off, but the damage had already been done. In retrospect that whole thing is just really dumb… Anyway, we J-walked across the street, a six lane highway, and waited at the stop to get us on the bus and headed the right way. We waited, and waited, and waited and finally got sick of waiting. So we went back to the smartphone and found a bus schedule, which told us that the bus was coming at 7:40. Well it was 7:05 at the time and we decided we could walk the 3.6 miles to the game before the bus would get us there. One or two minutes after we started walking a bus went whizzing by us. Our bus. 

      The 3.6 mile walk to the football game included me stepping in a hole, falling and twisting my ankle, twice, a stop at Wendy’s and my friend slapping my drink right out of my hand by accident. We did eventually make it to the game with 9 minutes left to play. We lost. But all in all it was a great day because I got to go climbing and laughed myself to tears more than once. This really goes to show that if a senseless fool like me can have a great time climbing then you can too! 

So, if you’re not climbing, get climbing, if you are climbing, keep climbing and always eat your vegetables! 

Snap shot of my poorly taped hand at the Wendy’s we stopped at, as well as Maddie’s hand grabbing some fries :)

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I NEEED to go climbing. My mind is set on it and it’s all I can think about. It’s been over a month and stupid things keep popping up. If i cant go soon, I’m going to start climbing stupid things like the underside of the football bleachers and probably hurt myself. I was going to go today but I got uber sick. What a bust. The skin on my hands is almost perfect. This is not ok. 

So I must wait another week :( Until then I have to settle with watching climbing videos and pretending to shop for crash pads online. Oh and I’m totally stalking Daniel Woods, Alex Puccio and Shauna Coxsey. Bouldering world championships in PARIS this week. Stoked to watch that. 

Anyway, if youre not climbing, get climbing. If you are climbing, keep climbing. And, I don’t know, eat your vegetables or something :) 

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"Never let your fear decide your fate."

- AWOLNATION - Kill Your Heroes