Reasons to Go Rock Climbing
We sit down in a white granite wind shelter to take pictures of the Colorado sunset. I look about me: Dug into a hillside above treeline, the shelter is six feet by three feet. It doesn’t look like it was made very well. In fact, I have no idea if anyone actually “made” it. It could just be a small hole in the mountain’s side that gives lucky people who want to look around a break from the wind that blows up and over the nearby ridgeline. Together, partners in an icy dance, the sun setting and the wind chill. I am appreciative of the shelter. We are where we are despite the circumstances.
Not working in the traditional sense (hermetic freelancers rarely work in an office), but there were many typical work-related side effects. Mental exhaustion a strained neck and sore back as a result of hours spent staring at a laptop screen. A ferocious hunger. The typical headache brought on by drinking coffee too late. a strong desire to simply leave. I was aware that I had to reach the mountains.
Why You Should Go: This is the unspoken reason for so many climbing trips: Haven’t been climbing in a long time! We simply share a common synapse of the climber brain, so it’s not even a conscious thought for us. Climbing trip addiction is real, even if experienced climbers don’t know they have it.
It’s possible that you’re brand-new to the sport, eager to put on real rock. There are numerous benefits to taking a timely and well-planned climbing trip, no matter who you are. There are six good reasons to go on one.
1. The road trip is only half the fun. Travel is the first part of any climbing trip. Traveling is detested by some, and for good reason. A bad time is sitting in an unpleasant airplane cabin while a small child kicks your seat. However, a climbing trip follows a very different traditional travel model: Typically, it involves going on a road trip with loved ones.
Make the most of the time you spend in the car. It’s not uncommon to drive through some of your country’s most stunning natural settings; take some pictures and remember the experience. Speak to one another. Before you leave on your trip, download as many interesting podcasts as you can, like this one and this one. You’ll be shocked at how quickly they pass the time as you learn new information.