When people ask me if I’m a climber, I never know what to answer. Or I do. I’m not a climber, I’m a person that sport climbs indoors on a 6 m wall when I can’t ride my bike or my skis. In other words, very sporadic. I think that I can count the number of times I’ve climbed outdoors on one hand’s fingers, and the few times that I have has been on very short walls. But I’ve always wanted to be able to say that I’m a climber. Climbers always seem to be such cool people, and strong.
Yesterday, I got to pretend to be a climber on a 30 m high rock wall in Brensholmen, by the side of the arctic sea. It was very very pretty, and it very nearly made me shit myself.
The first wall was not that bad. I definitely got pulse, but I didn’t have to struggle too much to convince my head to get to the top. It was on the way down, when I realized how high up I actually was that my stomach started revolting.
Then I got the offer to climb two rope lengths on Panorama Café.
After some quality time in the sun eating boller and watching dogs, I had sort of forgot my revolting stomach and thought I could do it.
But as I approached the ledge from which Stian was belaying, I completely freaked out. The route started out real easy and then got steeper and steeper to the point where I would call it slightly overhanging. As I reached the steepest part, my heart started pounding uncontrollable and I almost started hyperventilating. I’m not sure why, I wasn’t higher up than on the previous route, but somehow this was so much scarier. I had to take a really serious talk with my head to just finish the first pitch. When I saw how small the ledge was from which I would belay Stian and that the overhang would continue on the second pitch, I chickened out and rappelled down. Damnit.
But in spite of the almost shit in my pants and even though I didn’t managed to do everything I set out to do, the day was no less than damn amazing. I really enjoy how you get to work with your body to solve puzzles when climbing. And climbing in the sun close to the arctic sea in the company I had that day, is a pretty terrific experience. I just have to work on my nerves until the next time :).