Dr. Heather Robinson: Climbing Holidays
I am a rock climber. I seek the sun.
I love the desert. Feeling the sun freckling my face, wearing tank tops and over-sized sunglasses, and basking on rocks like the native lizards. A desert girl at heart, this is the life. I can appreciate the seasons, snow is fluffy and pretty and all, but it gets old really quick. Don’t get me wrong, I have had lots of fun skiing and snow shoeing in the past, but the best part is after the day of cold is done- when you get to drink warm spiked coffee and sit by the fire.
Chris and I have primarily been bouldering recently, and over the past week we bouldered at Kraft Mountain in Las Vegas. It is nice to change things up a bit with climbing and what better way than bouldering – especially in the winter time. Gaining power, problem solving the boulders, and hanging with friends is hard to beat, but yesterday I was really excited to actually tie into a rope and sport climb again. I wanted to do more than five moves and most importantly just hang in a stunning place.
Yesterday, we had a glorious day at a crag in Red Rock Canyon called Jane’s Wall. None of us had ever been to this particular area before and just wanted to check out something new. It was my favorite kind of day. Our main goal was to have fun and enjoy the day – no projecting, no agendas. Sometimes it is nice to go rock climbing just to go rock climbing. Our friend, Bruce, was visiting town and joined us at this sunny and picturesque climbing area. A party of three meant a little more down time – perfect for sitting in the sun and soaking in the views of the towering mountains across the way or watching each other climb.
We first warmed-up on a 10d and 11d which was great to re-learn how to climb more than just a few power moves and relax and rest on small edges. The last climb of the day was a 12b that was awesome. The crux was in the first ten feet. A huge move to a sloper crimp over a roof was the business, then continuous climbing to the top for another 50 feet or so.
My first try I fell on the big move, then went to the top without much trouble. I was a little bummed I fell, but actually didn’t mind too much because I got to climb it again – it was THAT good. Second try I went for the big move and barely caught the crimp with two fingers and was able to reel it in and finish the climb. It was great to let go of any expectations of the day and just enjoy the day and the climb.
A perfect day – soaking in the sun with good company, doing what we love, and sharing the experience. Life doesn’t get any better than this.
~ Dr. Heather Robinson, prAna Ambassador
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