Ben had yesterday off, so I took a half day and we went to Stone Age Rock Climbing Gym for the day. Ben’s been wanting to try rock climbing for a while now. But of course he does, he’s a thrill seeker by nature, not to mention that he only weighs like 50 pounds and has a ton of upper body strength from lumberjacking. Anyways, I’m afraid of heights, and although I work out frequently, I was not sure about how strong I’d really be. But when I saw a groupon for $45 for two people (which ifs over an.$80 savings) I thought, ehhh why not…should be fun.
We get there and our instructor Kevin, who I also gather is the owner, got us all hooked up and ready to go. Kevin was awesome! He was very nice and very knowledgable. I kind of got a Johnny Depp from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory vibe from him though. You know what I mean, like if we climbed to the top of the wall without a harness, which is clearly breaking the rules, he wouldn’t get mad so much, but just allow us to fall to learn our lesson. Can’t blame him though because his instructions were very clear, especially because he speaks really, really loud.
After completely a belaying course, we were ready to climb. Of course, Ben was a natural. I got about half way up the first wall and basically demanded to be brought back to the ground, but after we warmed up a little bit, we both completed over 10 walls (including the first wall, which I went back and tried for a second time). All in all, it was an amazing day! We got to try something together that neither of us had done before, and had a great experience! I can’t wait to go back – Kevin gave Ben and I each a certificate for another free climbing day! Whoo!!