By Yvette Sims. Outdoor Gear. Published at Tuesday, April 24th, 2018 - 08:58:25 AM.
After our leisurely lunch, we had one last challenge. As climbers always remind each other, the climb is only half done when you reach the top. After double-checking the anchor, I clipped Mason and myself to the rope and we rappelled down the cliff. The first step is the hardest as you trust your anchor and step out over the edge of the cliff. Mason and I held hands as we leaned back into the rope. Once the rope had our weight, it was easy. Down we went, taking our time to enjoy the feeling of total safety on the vertical face of the mountain. At the bottom, we celebrated again, and then it was time to pack the gear and head home.
There is a moment at the start of any climb when the mood shifts. The drive and the hike in can be casual and chatty, but then comes the time to get on the rock, and the climbing begins. We arranged the gear and my husband, David, started up the cliff to set the belay. After he reached the top and set the anchor, I clipped the rope to Masons harness, tied myself in a few feet below him, and we headed up. With my husbands belay carefully set within eyesight up the cliff and me a few feet below him, Mason started up. He hesitated, a little scared, and balked. For a moment, I wondered whether Masonmy shy and cautious little boywould have the courage to continue. But with some encouragement, he pushed through his fear and made his first move. Then anotherand anothergrowing more confident as he learned to scan the rock and find the best hand and footholds. Before I knew it, we were halfway up the cliff and I was hurrying to keep up with him. By the time he got to the crux move (the hardest move on the route), he had a smile on his face. We made the belay with hugs and delight. Mason couldnt have been happier. At the top of the cliff, we settled in to enjoy a picnic at the top of the world. It was a brilliant moment and the proud, ear-to-ear smile on my quiet boys face was unforgettable.
Once you have bought your mountain climbing gear you then need to carry it very carefully till you get to the top of the rock and to facilitate this, you may need to clip a few things to your harness while also carrying the lighter items in your pockets, though of course the number of items you can carry in this way will be rather limited. In fact, there are many rock climbers who have found it better to use special backpacks in which to hold all their essential items.
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