Off to a Rocky Start

Dallas Rock Indoor Rock Climbing

Actual Good Indoor Rock Climbers

Saturday, Ab and I decided to go indoor rock climbing at Dallas Rocks . I had heard that it was really good for bouldering — not that I have ANY competency in bouldering. That’s just what I heard. (I didn’t want you to have any misconceptions there :)) The facility had plenty of space and well laid out. However, you might not want to go on a Saturday. They were having a birthday party (or several) with about a kajillion (what do you mean that’s not a real number?) kids which meant our instruction was a bit rushed and a few parts left out. We didn’t learn until we were leaving that the colored tape designated paths up the wall that range from 5.5 (easy) to 5.xx (yeah right buddy). Oh well we will leverage that little nugget of knowledge next time.

Rock climbing is one of those things that looks really fun and is packed with mental and physical challenges. There’s just one teeny tiny problem.. It’s hard as hell. We are never ones to pass up a challenge, so we got outfitted with harness, shoes and a shared bag of chalk. It cost about $49.00 for three people (my oldest son was with us).

We tried top roping and free climbing (bouldering) walls since you have to have a special certification to do lead climbing (not that there was any chance what so ever that I was going to attempt lead climbing).

I can’t by any stretch of the imagination say we have any level of expertise at climbing, but it was fun. We’re going to do it again. It seems like something we should be better at. Maybe next time we should splurge for a lesson.


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