What a day to decide to go outdoor climbing!
The predicted temperature for the day was about 40c. Even though we head to the hills early morning it wasn’t early enough to beat the heat!
Mountain Quarry Here We Come!
We convoyed in 4 cars. Probably didn’t need that many.
I was actually quite surprised that it didn’t take that long to get there given that it was up in the hills.
Prepping for the Climb on the Hot Wall
Unfortunately, the easiest climbs were on the wall where the sun was directly shining on! And it was pretty hot by 8am!
Thank goodness the gates were unlocked otherwise we would have had to walk in with all our gear, food and water supplies. Not a long walk but long, when it’s hot and you have a bad ankle!
I know I might have led you to think that I climbed but sorry, I didn’t this time. So when I said it was a first time for me what I meant was, it was the first time to watch and experience outdoor climbing.
Anyway, for starters my ankle is still healing from the fall I had whilst traversing at the climbing gym. And secondly this outdoor climbing excursion was really for the kids. Some of the instructors at City Summit and a regular member decided to organised a time (in their own time outside of their City Summit responsibilities) to take the kids from kids club out for an outdoor experience.
I’m very grateful that four young men in their early 20’s would wake up early on a day when they don’t have to work to take five teenagers out to climb. It just reinforces the support and spirit in not only the climbing community but also the relationships that is fostered at City Summit Rock Climbing Centre.
Had my ankle been better I might have climbed but I don’t have my own gear either so that also prevented me. Don’t worry you’ll see me soon climbing outdoors. I just have to build up my confidence first.