Climbing out of my comfort zone

I think I will always be a little shy. I’ll never truly grow out of it. Which is why I did something out of the ordinary for me, two days ago.

Last week, I received an e-mail from a long time reader of my blog, introducing herself as someone who lives sort of close to me in the Bay Area. She knew I was a climber, and suggested we meet up and go for a climb at the local indoor rock climbing gym. It caught me a little off guard since I never receive e-mails from readers, let alone a reader wanting to hang out with me! That, and she never left a comment on my site before so I didn’t really know who I was meeting. We added each other to Facebook first, so at least I had an idea as to what she looked like :)

It took me a few days to get the courage to write her back and tell her I’d join her at Planet Granite for a climb. I AM SO GLAD I DID. I was totally on the fence for a moment there. I mean I’d be afraid to contact a person who’s blog I’ve been reading, asking them to hang out — it’s not something I’d think to do. I’m just not that outgoing! I’d be so afraid of rejection hahaha.

Looking back, I wished we had taken a few photos together, or at least a photo of the place inside so I could show you how amazing “my” new climbing gym is. I can’t wait to go back already. You’ll have to deal with this selfie, that I took after we climbed for a few hours.climbHer and I are on the same climbing level. Meaning, we climb the same route-difficulty as one another. Which is such a good thing to find in a climbing partner. It’s not as much fun when you climb with someone who is just a beginner, where you have to teach them technique and ways to position themselves, or someone who is a powerhouse and can climb 5.13’s with ease. That being said, I’m surprised at how strong I still am. Considering I haven’t really climbed hard, and regularly for about 10 months. So I managed to do one (or two) 5.10a’s that afternoon and it felt amazing. #StillGotIt

Next time, I’ll take photos while inside. I think I’ll head in for a bouldering session within the next few days. Already itching to get back at it.

Have you ever tried rock climbing?

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12 Comments

  1. I’ve always wanted to try indoor rock climbing. I tried actual outdoor rock climbing long ago in college on a hiking trip, and it was killer.

    And, yes, I know from experience that moving to a new area forces you to get out of your comfort zone in many unexpected ways. That’s great you met a reader and maybe made a new friend. :)
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  2. That’s great that you met someone from your blog, and someone to be a climbing partner! I have found that it’s always those that you’re afraid to meet up with that you end up really connecting with. I need to go climbing more – I tried it once and actually really loved it. Thanks for the reminder!
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  3. That looks so fun, I’ve never gone actual climbing with a harness and stuff. Just the sort of kiddy short stuff, lol. And I’ve probably climbed a few rocks hiking that weren’t meant to climb. Oops.

  4. Ive never climbed at all – anywhere ! Id love to try it. Good for you to go out of your comfort and meet up with someone/follower

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