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July 27, 2007

Reason for climbing

Filed under: Climbing, Random thoughts — joannestamplis @ 1:18 pm

Climb, climb, climb, we love to climb everyday. We climb whenever we can, weekday, weekend. If we can quit our jobs now and go climbing, we will do it for sure.

But then I wonder, why do we climb? I recall several incidents where I would be crying on the rock, yelling at Matt for getting me into the position I hate to be in. What about our near death accident on Mt Washington? Are we doing this just for the sheer joy of being on the rock, clinging on it, fighting for our life? A lot of people that I know don’t understand why I do what I do. Maybe I don’t understand it myself.

So here’s some ideas I’ve brainstormed. Why do I love climbing? I love rock-climbing because Matt and I get to do what we love together. I get to be competitive yet supportive with Matt. I think it’s tough for couples to share the same interest and I’m glad we both do the same thing. Sometimes I think if I didn’t like climbing, then I would just be sitting at home, worrying to death that something bad will happen to Matt when he’s out climbing. So once again, I’m glad I don’t have to be in that shoes. I do feel bad for those who love us though, like my mum. I bet she worries to death each time I tell her where I will be climbing next.

Anyway, why else do I love climbing? I love the challenge of surpassing my climbing ability and work out the puzzle on finding the best way to go up. I don’t like mountain climbing but I often do it because I want to see how far my body can be pushed to get to the top. Climbing 7000ft, 12 miles, 14 hours, all in 1 day sounded like a crazy idea to me before I did Mt Baker. I kept telling Matt that we should just bail because I refused to be the last person in line, holding the whole group. But I surprised myself when I made it to the top and that I was not the weakest link. As the matter of fact, I felt like I was definitely one of the strongest in the group.

Doing Mt Baker definitely opens up a bunch of opportunities for me now. Climbing Mt Adams in a day no longer sounds so hard. Climbing Rainier looks so doable now. Heck, maybe I should consider doing Denali someday. And to raise the bar even higher, we should go check out some of the high peak in Asia.

Anyway, I rant too much. Why do I need a reason to climb? Just being outdoors is just so much fun. And the best part is when we get to the top and the views from above are always amazing.

Climb on!

p/s: We’ll be checking out Beacon Rock this weekend. It’s always so cool to go to new places.

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7 Comments »

  1. i admire your determination to get back climbing after the accident, and have lots of fun this weekend at beacon rock!

    Comment by Lil — July 28, 2007 @ 10:25 am

  2. Beacon rock is amazing. There are so many good climbing routes there. Both Matt and I had a great time and we think it might become our new favorite place to climb 🙂

    Comment by joannestamplis — July 30, 2007 @ 7:33 am

  3. u r lucky both of u have the same hobby
    well my gf and i also have something in common, tvb drama series 😛

    Comment by jerry — July 30, 2007 @ 6:46 pm

  4. Yeah, if you think about it, most people spend at least 9 hours at work, 8 hours to sleep and that left 7 more hours in the day to spend together. Sharing same hobbies allow us to share those remain 7 hours together not worrying about work which is really nice.

    Comment by joannestamplis — July 30, 2007 @ 9:39 pm

  5. good to hear that! i’m heading to whistler this weekend (no, not climbing) so would appreciate any tips 🙂

    methinks i’m going to try ziptrekking… is it scary?

    Comment by Lil — July 30, 2007 @ 10:19 pm

  6. Actually it’s really not very scary at all. Before they send you out to the jungle, they will let you do a practice run on a baby zip line so you know exactly what to do. Then they will bring you to the jungle and that’s where you get to zip through the woods on long zip line. Then they will encourage you to do tricks like letting go of your hands, zip upside down. It’s really not scary at all and quite a fun experience. And if you are into mountain bike riding, Whistler is the place to do it. All the ski runs are converted into bike course in the summer and you get to do crazy bike riding. That is just too scary for me. Anyway,Have fun in Whistler! Ooh, also some of the restaurants there have really good food but pricy.

    Comment by joannestamplis — July 31, 2007 @ 7:22 am

  7. cool! well, normally i’m not one for adventure sports but occasionally i do like a challenge and do something new… 😉

    Comment by Lil — July 31, 2007 @ 9:46 pm


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