So for a while now a colleague of mine has been saying we should go climbing. About 14 years ago I did my 10 week basic course and got my 'yes you know how to climb safely' card meaning that I could go into any climbing center in the UK and climb without having to do their introductory course.
But, that was not long before I left the country, and my life has been too hectic to make any kind of long term commitment needed to improve my ability. I did a few weeks here, wait a few years and then do a few more years, another gap and try again.
Today I went with my colleague (actually I have only just got home) and tried again. After a gap of more than 7 years. I found my climbing kit yesterday and gave it a clean. Well I say kit. Shoes and chalk bag is a better description.
We got there and I remembered just how much the shoes hurt! Heels have nothing compared with a decent pair of climbing shoes!
We tried a few different climbs, and my arms started to seriously hurt. I had forgotten that too :) Not only is my technique awful, but my arms are not used to that type of punishment.
After 7 climbs (and a couple of hours) I called it a day. The pain was too much and I could barely manage the easy ones! But it was great fun - and we are going to try and make a regular thing of it. Hopefully I can get to the point where I do not struggle to type when I am done!