Rock climbing adventures with Ancy Nancy

I LOVE my nephews who are now 4 and 5 years old. When I moved to Ontario in 2006, they lived in Ireland. I never flew home all that often and two summer’s ago they finally made the big move over to Newfoundland. Now? I fly home as often as possible which is just 2-3 times per year. But it’s still better than waiting over a year to meet my nephew, ever.

I almost forget to see the rest of my family and friends when I’m home because I’m so busy hanging out with the lil’ dudes.

I surprised Kelan at kindergarten and from there we spent the day with his Mom/my Sister-In-Law and was downtown for the majority of it. I carried him on my shoulders most of the way. CrossFit muscles put to use. Ugh, just adorable. I also surprised Ruairi at school but I think I spooked him a little since he thought I was someone else until I smiled at him and spoke his name. Oops.I even made asked Kelan carry my brand new Fossil purse for a while. He rocked it… and told me he loved the color. This kid’s got style, I mean look at his pose.

I took them to the local climbing gym for their first rock climbing experience. Sure I’m an ol’ hen at this gig. Can you believe I’ve been climbing for 17 years? I shouldn’t say that too loud, makes me feel old.

Ruairi giving it a try. Look at his little baby hands going up the wall in his lego sneakers. He was a pro! :)

Kelan is bouldering here, and I’m spotting him in case he falls! Serious face at all times are in order, for spotting ;)

Here he is going again on his own! Little monkey.

One way to tire kids out? Take them climbing. These fella’s climbed for over two hours! Exhausting on my end, too. I needed a nap.

That wasn’t the only time I popped into the climbing gym when I was home. I met up with my three climbing friends!

Johanna and I…yay buddies! She’s now engaged — wahooo!!! Aw man. I just noticed you can’t see her blingy ring in the photograph. Can’t be hiding that rock Johanna.

What time is it? …. It’s time to climb! Bam. Love my shirt? This is Kerry and I below. She reads my site every so often, so hello Kerry! Miss you already!

Lori and I have known each other since we started climbing together back in 1995. Woah.

My new favorite photo of the three of us. All finished climbing and getting ready to head out.Whewf. Busy climbing days for sure. I’ll be back with another re-cap. Most likely all about my nephews no less. Hope ya don’t mind!

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It’s time to climb!

Last week Stephanie, and I met up at the local climbing gym to have a fun night out!

Stephanie is always so fun to be around and constantly cracks me up. She’s so easy to talk to, too, and I learn so much when I’m around her. Mainly because I eat candy and she eats Gluten Free. But whatever it is we talk about, I’m always eager to listen and learn from her. I can’t wait til we hang out again buddy! :)

We got some random guy take our photo right before we did our first climb together. Lovely stylish harnesses on.

I’ve been climbing since the local gym back home in Newfoundland opened its doors back in 1994. I think it’s time I invest in my third harness though. But I really dislike the automatic double backing of the new harnesses. I’m old school. Or old.I’m also ready to fight anyone who comes across my path. Or route. Don’t be takin my route! Kidding. I was stretching. Or something.

By the time we were both warmed up, I decided to put my trust in Stephanie who has only belayed twice ever. She did a wonderful job and I felt totally confident in her belaying abilities! That’s saying a lot. I’m hard to trust people with my LIFE.

Stephanie also did a great job climbing some routes. She didn’t rent any climbing shoes and sported her Toms up the walls.

I don’t have many photos of her going up the routes. Stephanie provided me with all these photos that were taken with her iPhone.

Go Steph! Superstar!

Debating whether or not I actually wanted to attempt the 5.10. DON’T MAKE ME STEPHANIE!

Ok fine.Omg I’m on a sloper you guys. Unheard of.

Highstepping up to some crimpers. My fav.

Resting my forearms by hanging with my elbows straight out and switching my feet below. If you keep your body into the wall you’ll waste energy. Thus… the straight arms shown here. I’m not hang-dogging! lol

I chalk up a lot. Sweaty finger tips.

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Here’s the rest of the sequence of me climbing to the top. That last move in the far right photo, my forearms were so pumped I just gave up. Burnt right out.

The routes at the local gym are kinda wonky. I feel like they’re graded easier. Either that or the gym I’m used to back home grades really hard. I haven’t climbed in 3 months and I can pop on and get 3/4 the way up a 5.10. When I was climbing regularly back in the Fall I was practically on sighting (I know, sorry that’s climber’s talk) 5.11’s sometimes! That’s not possible after taking a 6 year break from climbing you guys. Whatever. I kinda like it.

I had the best time climbing with you Steph! Let’s go again soon :)

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