Climbing the Rocks

Colorado residents, I discovered, are really into their outdoor exercises out there!  I saw so many people riding their bicycles almost everywhere, even in the Rocky Mountain National Park where it amazed me that they could do it at such high elevations and low oxygen.

Hiking is very popular as well and no wonder what with so many amazing trails and scenery and then there is the trout fishing.  Lakes and streams abound and while initially I was surprised to see people hiking up trails to lakes high in the mountains, after awhile they just became other hikers passing me on the trails as I sat to catch my breath.  I am such a flatlander!

But it was the rock climbers that really caught my attention and they are a daring and quite wiry bunch.  It may be difficult to see the guy on the side of the canyon here in Eldorado Canyon State Park in Boulder, Colorado but there he was.  We couldn’t tell if he was going up, down, stuck or what.  This photo was taken at 400mm so that should give you an idea of just how far up there he was.

I thought at first these two climbers were taking a selfie until I uploaded the image and discovered he was just taking a break (barefoot no less) and holding on to a rope.

Hanging on by the skin of his fingertips!

This woman was loaded up with gear to anchor the ropes; at least I assume that was her job.  Maybe she was removing them?

I spoke with this woman, Isabel and her friends, and learned that she is a dancer but one that puts on a show where she and her group do like routines but on rock climbing walls on stage.

It was great to watch these athletes but this is something I do not foresee myself trying.  At least not higher than oh say… 10 feet and that’s stretching it!

Teri  📷

Next Colorado adventure? Possibly lake hiking – stay tuned!

 

 

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14 Responses to Climbing the Rocks

  1. Lignum Draco says:

    Did you get into the spirit and climb as well? Not my way of getting exercise, but you reallyhave to admire their strength, stamina and fitness.

  2. It’s amazing to see those rock climbers! No way I would do that! I really admire them.

  3. Nancy says:

    How do they do it?!?! Pretty cool!

    But I’ll stick to just climbing over rocks on the ground.

  4. Timothy Price says:

    They were rockin’. I’ve by accident ended up on shear rock faces and had to pick my way across. Rock climbing is not my thing.

    • Do we want to hear the story about how you ended on the shear rock face?

      • Timothy Price says:

        We were hiking in the Guadaramas in Spain. The trail came to an abrupt end at a sheer cliff and then continued on the other side of the cliff. We had to hand foot hold our way across the cliff face or go back. We chose the cliff face. We went down a steep scree field instead of crossing the cliff face on the way back. Exciting times, those were.

  5. Pit says:

    Rock climbing?! Not for my mother’s son. 😉
    And as to just moving at that altitude: I found out how difficult it is for a flatlander like me when we were in Breckenridge some years ago, and just walking up the street [an incline that would have been negligible here] made me get out of breath.

  6. shoreacres says:

    I have to say I admire them, but it’s an admiration that’s filled with a whole lot of “no way for me, thank you.” For one thing, I’m not fit enough to go up a rock face, and for another, I just don’t want to!

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