Rock Climbing

1 Sep

Hello! And welcome to my first post on the blog for Tarnna and I and the adventures we’ve been sharing together. Something we have been meaning to do for a while.

Today’s blog is about our first outdoor rock climbing adventure together, long over due. Tarnna has been climbing far longer than I have, but I have really gotten into it since meeting her. We never really had the opportunity to climb together at first when we lived in Napa because we didn’t own all the proper equipment and let’s face it, there wasn’t much else to do besides food and wine in the valley (silly complaint, I know). We have since moved to Hood River this past January, arguably the extreme sport capital of the world with no shortage of wind surfing, kite boarding, paragliding, kayaking, hiking, rock climbing, etc.

The first few months in Hood River, given that we still didn’t have enough equipment to climb outdoors and the fact that it rains A LOT in the winter, we spent our free time traveling into Portland to use the indoor climbing gyms. The advantages of the indoor gym being that you escape any harsh elements, and you get to use all of their equipment; the disadvantages being that you have to pay every time you go – a small fee compared to investing in your own rope, but over time definitely more expensive.

Today marked the day that we completed our ensemble of rock climbing gear and used well-earned and long-saved money to purchase our very own rope! We celebrated by driving to the nearest crag to practice setting up anchors, top-roping, and repelling. The following video is Tarn packing the rope up after said adventure. I unfortunately couldn’t take a video of her actually climbing because it was only the two of us and I decided to focus more on belaying her and making sure she didn’t fall. Safety first!

Untitled from Tarnna White on Vimeo.

http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=28795961&server=vimeo.com&show_title=0&show_byline=0&show_portrait=0&color=&fullscreen=1&autoplay=0&loop=0

Untitled from Tarnna White on Vimeo.

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