Saturday, February 2, 2008

The Devil Inside

My inner dare devil has been awakened! I had an adrenaline rush today like I haven't felt since ... lemme think ... gosh, I can't think of anything since fouling out on the basketball court in high school and college. Oh! And climbing trees to better watch hurricanes come in off the gulf. That, too, in high school. Wait, after college, there was that one date ... but that's a story for another time.

See me climbing this wall? A friend of mine, Kathie, owns a climbing gym (well, she and her husband), and she formed a Saturday morning ladies' climbing group. I was "too busy" last week, and I considered chickening out this morning, but I'd already told her I'd be there. So I thought I'd learn to belay (I'm a big, strong girl), then call it a day. You know, if I bring the camera, I can always hi
de behind it. Right? And I've become more and more scared of heights as I've aged. Gotten OLD.

I agreed to putting on the hideous harness. I agreed to the ballerina shoes. I even learned to tie the really cool knot and hook up to belay (baby steps), but I thought maybe I'd get a couple of feet up the wall and quit. It is a 24 foot wall, after all. That doesn't sound so high, but when you're looking down from even part of it, it's pretty darn high. So I did the obligatory two feet and stepped away from the wall and back to my camera.

I belayed (which totally ROCKS!), then watched the other girls climb, including another new girl with a dizzying fear of heights). When the other
new girl reached the top and touched the ceiling, I knew I couldn't stand idly by and let her beat me. Did I just say that? YES, all of life is a competition!

So here's the picture of ME touching the ceiling! Kathie's standing below me with the camera, asking me to smile, and I'm gritting my teeth and thinking cuss words. Uh uh, not turning my head. I was telling the Hunny when I got home that I reached about 3 feet from the top and I didn't think I could go
any further. But I pushed through till I got there. Then I held the pose, hand on ceiling, while Kathie took lots of pictures, then asked me to hold still so she could take pictures from the other side. Grr.

Y'all, I'd forgotten what the rush of adrenaline felt like. I can't say I'm madly in love with this, but I'm going back next week. And I'm bringing Maybelline. And the camera. Hehe.

Until I write again ...

Flea

14 comments:

Lisa said...

Flea? Ummm, Flea? Does Kathy, by any chance, have a greyhound dog?

Flea said...

Kathie has a Great Dane, and until this week she had a mastiff (he'd lived far beyond his life expectancy, poor sweet thing). But no greyhound. Why?

Marguerite said...

Cool! I'd always imagined I'd be too much of a puny weakling to climb. That, and I'm not on friendly terms with heights and steep inclines....

Flea said...

Actually, I was afraid my arms would give out, that I'd be pulling myself up, but it's the thighs you use, pushing yourself up from rock to rock. Very cool.

Michele said...

You rocked today girl......
LOVE your blog~thanks for sharing!!

Karen said...

I so admire you. My brother does this on real mountains. He spent a week on a wall once, sleeping from the hanging position. I, too, am terrified of heights but think a pretend indoor rock climb would be so fun.

brneyedgal967 said...

YOU ROCK!!

I'd love to do that if it weren't for the harness thingy. The last time I wore a harness like that was when I parasailed in the Bahamas. Hubby got a shot (from behind) of me lifting off and oh my... let me say the ass-out shot with tight straps digging in was so very, very wrong.

You, on the other hand look like a natural!! Way to go!

Flea said...

Tammy, I was afraid of the hiney shots, but they weren't as bad as they could have been (I'm a pretty wide load). The straps are not narrow ones, so they don't really cut. And I was wearing loose corduroys, not a bathing suit. And it was just us girls. Of course, I had to go and post shots of my butt here on my blog, like a fool ...

Thanks Karen and Michele! Karen, you should try the indoor climbing! We went through it slowly and thoroughly, and I wasn't pushed beyond what I wanted to do, I felt really safe the entire time and didn't hesitate to fall when asked (to prove to myself that I was safe). It rocks!

Melissa said...

Wow, nice! I would never be able to lug my body up a wall like that. You rock!!

Poltzie said...

WOW you are so brave!! If it were me the pictures would of showed my wet pants - I'm way to scared of heights to climb a wall.
You are my new hero for this week!

Flea said...

Y'all, I was so scared going in. One of the things that kept me going was the woman who was there with her adult daughter. This woman has a morbid fear of heights and this was her second time. She reached the top over and over! If a person terrified of heights could do it, what was stopping me? My huge butt? No! Well, initially. Like Tammy, I was thinking about the photos ...

KIDZMAMA said...

What a brave Flea! I'm not afraid of heights but I'm not about to climb a rock wall. Good for you!

Weezee said...

Wow Flea! I am so proud of you! I'm afraid of heights too so I will live vicariously through you!
I think the camera is just as scary from that point of view but hey girl you looked fine!
Thanks for visiting my blog.

Merrie said...

I am so impressed! Glad you conquered and overcame! I'm still very chicken... cluck cluck cluck..
or cheep cheep cheep (maybe that's CHEAP??)

Thanks for your wisdom on lent. I have always dealt w/ lent by cleaning out the dryer lent catcher - oh that is LINT...

I'm learning