During the fall semester of my senior year in college, I took a rock climbing class. Once a week we would meet in the Blue Ridge Mountains and learn about belaying, setting ropes, and climbing. I am not going to say I loved it, because I really sucked at it. Apparently reaching up and putting my hand on a random rock freaked me out.
Little did I know that whatever would come out of the cracks in the rocks would be the least of my concern. One of our last ‘classes’, I was scaling great heights (ok, I am probably only 20 feet up….) and I looked up to find a hand placement and I hear “oh oh”. What the hell? It wasn’t my classmates below, but above my head.
Apparently the area we were climbing in was a prime spot for people to dump their loved ones ashes. On. My. Head.
Now it wasn’t like a snow storm on my head, but I had to brush my shoulders off like a Head & Shoulders commercial. Ewww.
Now let’s fast forward just a *few* years and I see via twitter that Savannah is getting a climbing facility. When I lived in Portland (OR), I worked near a large indoor bouldering facility. I always wanted to try, but never did. Until now….
I ‘talked’ with Douglas via twitter of Savannah Climbing CoOp and he offered to have me out to try. I love that it’s a CoOp and not some big box company coming in. That means that everyone has a vested interest in their success.
I was nervous as all heck, but still decided to give it a whirl.
And yes, bouldering is without a harness. I was screaming inside but still smiling for the camera. It was such a fun way to workout and such a great vibe there. No one judged me because I only went up about 10 feet. They supported and explained their sport.
They have some fun ‘paths’ you can take from easy to hard. I stuck with the easy path, but did try one crazy medium one. And quickly realized that I needed to work on my upper body strength since I couldn’t pull myself up and over from a seated position on a slanted wall.
Whether you are a seasoned climber or extreme novice, like myself, go check out Savannah Climbing CoOp located on Victory Drive!