Wednesday, February 14, 2007


Wordless Wednesday #2

Me loving rock climbing

Note added a bit later: I am climbing top-roped. Which means I have a certified climbing rope safely attached to my climbing harness and a person (belayer) on the ground controling the rope. You can't see the rope, but it is there. If I were to slip, my belayer would catch me and I wouldn't have gone far. Don't ever attempt this kind of stuff without all the proper climbing gear and training. This climb appears dangerous, but actually is totally safe with all my safety gear and the climbing classes I took.




36 comments:

anyhowblogs said...

looks kinda steep. be careful... but if u tilt the picture a little it looks like you're crawling on flat ground. The wonders of a picture.

Gattina said...

sigh ! I feel dizzy only looking at the picture ! I would fall down in a minute !

Shaz said...

I could do it with my eyes closed but the minute I opened them I'd freak! Go girl x x

Mustang said...

thats a neat climb..looks quite steep though..

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Dragonheart said...

Very cool! Looks like a great place to climb. :)

Daisy said...

WOW! Biker Betty, that looks scary. I am very impressed.

I also wanted to tell you Happy Valentine's Day.

Chris said...

I've gone cold just looking at that :-O

Donna said...

You're a braver woman than I am. Of course, with my bad knees, I couldn't rock-climb if I wanted to. I enjoyed long walks at dawn through Garden of the Gods last July, though. I love Colorado.

Duchess said...

Glad you added the safety tip but I still would not be there. I am sooooo scared of heights.

Great picture.
Happy Valentines Day

ChupieandJ'smama said...

You are one adventerous lady! That makes me dizzy just looking at it. It does look fun though. Thanks for the tip too:)

Gina said...

Amazing. I applaud anyone who can do this.

Happy WW! :)

Lazy Daisy said...

Oh Wow, I'm so impressed. You Go Girl (somehow hanging out on a rock is so not me!) Happy Valentine's Day!

FRIDAY'S CHILD said...

Wish I could do that. That takes a lot of courage and strength.
Thanks for passing by and Happy Valentine's Day.

katherine. said...

wow...nice photo...takes strength and courage! (the climbing...not the photography...smile)

Raggedy said...

Wow! You amaze me.
Great Picture!
Happy Valentine's Day!
Thank you for your visit.

Write From Karen said...

I'd have to have a HUGE net under me for me to attempt this. I'm a huge wuss when it comes to this kind of thing.

You totally rock! (Get it, rock? hehe)

Happy V-Day!

Eagles Wings said...

Yeah - okay you are definitely a daring gal! I like bikes but not climbing great shot!
Happy Valentines Day!

eph2810 said...

Too dangerous for me - yeah I know - I am a wuzz.

Happy WW and Happy Valentine's Day...

Celeste said...

My granddaughter loves climbing! Some day I plan on taking her where she can do some real climbing not just the wall stuff.
Great WW

Michelle said...

Great job taking all the safety precautions! And it is so adventurous of you! Happy valentines Day! Im up!

Hootin'Anni said...

Dang girl!! There is nothing to grab ahold of!!!!

Happy Valentine's Day...
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Skittles said...

I have a terrible fear of heights but I bet that's fun!

Sunflower said...

Happy Valentine's Day!

I will Exercise for Comments!
Sunflower

whenn said...

Ooh, you have guts!

WendyWings said...

You go girlfriend, you really do have the 'adventure" gene don't you.

Holly said...

Wow that looks daring! You've got some unquenchable spirit there dear. ;o)

Hugs,
Holly

YellowRose said...

Wow, makes my knees weak just looking at the picture!!

Happy Valentines!!

Mike said...

It looks like fun. Happy WW and Happy Valentines Day too.

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

oh... oh. i mean oh...

and happy valentine's day honey!

smiles, bee

zhasha said...

i admire you for bein' havin' the courage to do outdoor stuff!

i have fear of heights! I dunno why.. must try to overcome it..!

tatnlace said...

ummm, wow, have a Happy WW!!

Kai said...

I'm not one for heights, but it looks like alot of fun!

Melli said...

That looks like SO much fun! SOMEhow I see my thighs screaming NOOOOOOOO! NOOOOOOOOOOOO! But my heart would be screaming YES! YES! I bet there are probably weight restrictions on this though, huh?

Sanni said...

WOW - you are so BRAVE... and so much more brave than I am LOL

Biker Betty said...

Hi Everyone. Thank you for visiting. I have to assure you that this particular climb was rated at about a 5.6, which isn't very hard considering the rating goes up to 5.15a. My skill level tops out at 5.7, depending on the move required. This last summer I spent all my spare time motorcycling, so my climbing skills are really not so impressive as they seem, lol.

This picture actually makes it appear harder then it is. Whenever you do a climb that is top-ropped (meaning you are attached to on end of the rope that loops thru an anchor at the top of your climb and someone is at the bottom maintaining a firm hold on the other end of the rope) the risks are minimal. That's as long as your gear is in excellent condition and you have a really good belayer that is anchored in.

Climbing is so much fun. We also have a climbing gym in our city that is a great place to give it a try. I got introduced to climbing thru a youth pastor our church used to have. I chaperone youth group activities and that looked like loads of fun and the teachers that were showing our youth were my age. So why not try it? My first time out and later that day I was rappeling off the side of a cliff and hanging in mid-air. I have to say that was totally awesome. While I was rappeling on my own rope, another rope was attached to my belt and I was on belay and if something went wrong there was a person anchored in ready to stop a possible fall.

Anyway, it's a fun sport that I wished I had more time to dedicate to it.

CodyandMichelle said...

Hello Betty,
First time on your impressive blog. As much as rock climbing appeals to you, I'd rather swim with crocs! As you've seen in my blog I'm an andrealine junky. But rock/mtn climbing would make me mess up my undershorts. My wife would not appreciate doing my laundry after that :(
Literally, you Rock!!
Cody