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Tuesday, 9 December 2008

Climb every mountain, forge every stream


This will probably not mean much to most of you.

But.



I CLIMBED!!!!!!


My pathetic sack of a body did some exercise it actually enjoyed for the first time in over a year. My poor flaccid weak little matchstick arms nearly fell off and my sliced open shoulder moaned a bit and it was not a graceful ascent like a rock dancer, more like the flight of the bumble gecko. But still. Climbing was the light of my life a few years ago. It just makes me so very happy. I am not sure if I will be able to keep doing it, if my back will hold out, but right now I am elated. 

My hands are red, ripped and sore, my feet squished from the ridiculous shoes and my forearms are  filled with jelly. What a good feeling.

And my harness was mysteriously tight. Weird huh, maybe it shrunk in the wash? Only, you don't wash harnesses. Must have been the cold that made it shrink then...

Chocolate digestives as a staple diet have nothing to do with it ok?

18 comments:

LadyFi said...

You need to balance some of the masochism found in jelly arm sand red raw hands by eating more chocolate digestives!

LadyFi said...

... Weird... I'm sure I wrote: in jelly arms and red, raw hands... ;-)

Kitty Cat said...

Good for you!!! Although I'm scared of heights, so climbing freaks me out, but I know that wonderful feeling.

Tamara said...

Well done!

Now I have the Sound of Music soundtrack in my head...

...follow every rainbow... till you find your dreeeeeeeeam! (those are the words, right? I'm a bit paranoid after my misheard lyrics post)

6000 said...

Your idle catter of stream forgage invokes Julie Andrews and for that may you be forever cursed by the hand of the Almighty Kwan, Lord of Darkness.

Well done on the climb thing though.

Being Brazen said...

Well done!! :)

Louisa said...

Hats off too you! I'm way to lazy to even try that...but it is fun to watch. :-)

MidniteGem said...

WHOOO HOOO!!! you climbed!!! that is flipping awesome ! I so get how amazing that must have been - but also frustrating feeling so weak, well that is how i'm going to feel when i drag my ass down to the climbing gym!
oh yeah in 13 more days i'll be in Cpt for some great climbing :) YAY

po said...

wohoo internet access at work! shh don't tell anyone I am on here!

Ladyfi: more? hmmm, is it possible?

kitty cat: I am quite scared too, i dont look down.

sass said...

oh that's awesome po! i know that feeling of getting back to something you love.
i am going to do yoga everyday on the beach in goa! enjoy those jelly arms - they're a trophy!

po said...

Tamara: oh yes, those are the ones!

6000: whatty whatty? where is that from?

BB: hehe thanks

Lousia: yes but you do get a stiff neck!

midnite gem:You cant be as weak as me, after nearly 2 years! But have an awesome time in Cape Town. Will you go to Montagu or the Cederberg? I miss those places so much.

sass: thanks, wow, yoga on the beach sounds great.

MidniteGem said...

True - but i'm still a weakling.
i think we are planning to hit it all. The cedarberg is the bf's favorite place so that is a def. He also wants to show me all his fav routes and firsts all around Cpt. like silvermine and paarl rock. Plus some trad on tabel mountain. I cant wait!!!

Rox said...

Awesome man, I have a few climbing addict buddies so can see why this is such a big deal.

Hope you'll slowly start easing your way back into it - nothing like having a passion in life.

po said...

midnite gem: the cederberg is my bf's favourite place too! I wonder if they know each other... We were there in April.

Rox: thanks! I shouldn't get too excited because my body is far from well, but there is hope

MidniteGem said...

LOL, probably knowing cape town and the small climbing community there. most of the climbers there all know each other through someone. And shot in the dark here but if you bf had anything to do with scouts then there is even more of a possiblity they know each other. I say this cause the cederberg seems to be where the heart of alot of scouts is.

po said...

midnitegem: yesyes he did scouts!

But he is quite a bit older than me. but you never know...

MidniteGem said...

hmmm...funny stuff. well how much older? My bf just turned 30...it is still a small circle no matter the age.

It also turned out that he mentored an ex of mine at scouts when the ex was a teenager...i've never seen an ex be so happy and so in awe of a current bf!

po said...

midnite gem: he is 33. I think. sheesh i lose track. They could have come across eachother.

Damn, now i am so curious!