Friday, December 23, 2011

Leo on the rocks

Today Leo did his first rock climbing. This place is one of the top rock climbing destinations in the world. The rocks are like going to a climbing gym - there's a zillion tall, skinny, wiry people climbing rocks next to each other, with their partners yelling up to them, "bomber hold just above your left hand!" Actually they are yelling that in French and Japanese. I haven't climbed in many years so we joined a small class - Leo, me and a young woman from Michigan. The teacher was more interested in flirting with the girl from Michigan than teaching, but Leo did make it up some of the rock. He was pretty apprehensive about the rope holding him though and the drop if it were to break. I will have to take him climbing in Colorado and show him how sticky the rock climbing shoes really are. Anyway, here he is on kid's rock:

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This rock was right on the beach and at high tide, you can't get here. There was a nice high wall that the instructor said was a 5c rating (not sure what that means, but less than a 5.10) that I got to climb before I decided we were good for the day, even though our time was not up. Leo had given up a while ago, Paul had finished his hike and the instructor and other girl were anxious to get away...The view from the top was amazing - wish I had my camera!!!

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