Why do you climb, they often ask?
Most days, the simple answer is, ‘cause I can.’ But the answer is much more complex then that.
I climb because it challenges me, it pushes me not only to new physical heights, but mental ones as well. There’s a sense of pride and accomplishment that comes with climbing. But climbing scares the shit out of me. Half way up the face I question why I’m even up there. Am I brave enough to climb like this? Doubt pours into my head and makes me second guess everything...the holds, my belay, my relationships, who I am...It brings me to tears and takes away my breath. It breaks my skin and bruises my body. It hurts and it sucks and it’s fucking hard. And yet...I keep going.
Because climbing is an allegory for life. Life sucks and it’s hard and you want quit. But you keep going. Because when you send a project or finish the 7th pitch, it’s fucking magical. Those little wins, that’s what keep me going. That’s when it’s fun. That’s when it makes sense. My determination will always override my fear, it propels me forward. Because I know that even the little progress I make, the bloody knuckles it takes, the countless falls that occur...the good is on the other side. Push pass the fear to get to bliss, just like in life. Keep on going so you get to that view. That is why I climb. Because it’s life •
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