My first experience on a climbing rope was at midnight on a rappelling route. My heart was pounding and the adrenaline was coursing through my veins. While I did end up running out of rope and needed to drop that wasn't the most memorable part. There was a moment when I was hanging in the dark with my hand-brake on. I wasn't touching the wall and kind of spun around. All of a sudden I could see the city lights and I was mesmerized. I took a deep breath and took in the moment.
That summer we climbed many routes in Rock Canyon near Provo, UT. We trekked to Montana to repel out of some caves we knew and took trips to a number of places.
I've coached over a hundred youth and adults over the edge while rappelling since that summer. I love to watch people conquer their fear and own the moment.
If you're safe, climbing and rappelling are so satisfying.
Over the years we've learned how to execute the perfect climbing trip. We've learned how to plan, what gear and supplies to take, how to prepare for the weather, how to stay safe and how to ensure we get back home safe.
Adventure Story: Rappelling at Midnight
...As I hung I looked out and could see a few city lights off in the distance. It was pretty cool.
I kept dropping. All of a sudden I realized I was at the end of the rope. I put my brake on and yelled up, "Aaron, there's no more rope and I'm not on the bottom!!"...
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If you're like us you'll love the trail and climbing will become second nature. Let's get started.
Over the years we've learned how to set up the perfect climbing trip. We thought we'd list a few tips to consider for your next outing:
We all have different risk tollerances. As I've gotten older I've consciously slowed down a lot and take fewer risks. I've seen guys with life-altering injuries who can't enjoy the outdoors any longer. I talked with a man this week who has messed up his knees and joints so much he can't go on a simple hike. That can't be me!
When we venture out, we need to keep in mind that we have future outdoor experiences to enjoy so we need to get home safe after every one. Our chances of survival and safe return increase with a few principles:
Having the right first aid supplies handy can help a lot. Make sure you have the right supplies for the activities you're doing.
We recommend taking 2 packs when climbing. Take your personal day pack with first aid supplies, hiking gear, and toiletries. Then, take your dedicated climbing pack with your rope, harness, and protection.
I divide my personal gear and supplies into 3 kits: gear, first aid, toiletries. These kits go into my pack and are with me on every outing.
First Aid Kit (IFAK)
New technology pushes climbing gear forward every year. The ropes, harnesses, and protection equipment are more and more save and comfortable.
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Being prepared with some survival skills, trail information, and weather forecasts can make your hike relaxing and help you get home safe.
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We love our trail time! We hope your outings this year are memorable, relaxing, full of adventure, and safe.
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Gear up, prepare, and hit the trail! Enjoy!
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