This last Saturday was Kyle and mine’s second Boealps outing. Our first outing was to St. Edwards State Park to practice belay, rappel, clipping into a fixed line, knots, navigation, and lastly, coiling ropes. Chances are, to many of you, that is just a bunch of jargon and while it is becoming more of a natural lingo for us it still feels pretty foreign. Our last outing to Mt. Erie in Annacortes helped continue the cementing of certain skills into our repertoire, mainly belaying and rappelling. Belaying is something that we are used to doing every day at the rock climbing gym but rappelling… well this was definitely the first time I had walked myself backwards off a cliff. It was pretty fun! It is a crazy feeling, lowering yourself horizontally down the rock, suspended mid-air, nothing between you and the ground but ropes and anchors. Awesome. In the process of my first rappel I managed to capture this accidental commercial for Lifeproof cases (if you watch my right pocket carefully when the slow motion hits you will see my phone slip out):
Phone is still going strong after a thirty foot drop… I highly recommend Lifeproof cases, especially after this incident. Our hope is to continue getting footage of our different outings to share with you and this was our first practice run with the GoPro. Note to self: slow down your head movements!
On Wednesday night we found out our climbing teams for the season and ours is pretty awesome, full of great people who have lots of experience and passion. Getting our team assignments has only made me more excited for the rest of this experience. Tomorrow we head up to Mt Baker to learn snow travel and self arrest techniques. Also, we have to come up with a team name, so if anyone has any awesome climbing oriented puns that could work let me know! So far Pirates of the Carabiner is my favorite.