Week 7: Mt. Everest Inspired Indoor Rock Climbing
"The starting point of all achievement is desire." Napoleon Hill
What did I do:
I had the pleasure of meeting Alison Levine, who served as captain of the first American Women’s Everest Expedition, at a METal International event. She climbed Mt. Everest (twice) to complete the Adventure Grand Slam. It came to no surprise that she is now a sought-after consultant and lecturer who draws parallels between staying alive in the mountains and thriving in a fast-paced and challenging business environment.
Although I am still very much an amateur, I have great memories from climbing Mt. Fuji, Mt. Baldy and several other peaks over the years. During the most challenging times of my life, I've found myself drawing on the wisdom and strength I gained while ascending these great mountains.
Hearing Alison speak about her climbing career inspired me to give rock climbing a try. So, my friends and I went down to Hollywood Boulders, an indoor rock climbing gym, for a lesson.
Who was with me:
For this adventure, I was joined by my friends Ellie and Angie. Ellie works out on average once a quarter. Angie on the other hand is highly active, and actually is a member of Hollywood Boulders.
What did I learn:
Rock climbing leaves you sore the next day and likely in need of a manicure. In an indoor facility, the routes on the rocks are marked by level of difficulty with 0 being the easiest climb. A ranking of 7 in the real world would be equivalent to a 12-13 in the indoor world. To climb up the rock, you must only use the foot and hand grips that are part of the route. These are distinguishable by color. On the way down, it is not as strict and there are additional supports you can use if needed. If you plan on attending Hollywood Boulders note that the hot single men go climbing on weeknights starting at 6pm.
Would I do this again:
Yes, I would. Aside from being a great workout, you have to really think and strategize on your next move. This proved to be challenging and something that can exercise your body, decision making ability and trusting your instincts.