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Significant events that have changed your climbing 9-Apr-2010 At 9:47:04 AM rudimentary
I started climbing at around age 20 (now 28). It was something I did once every few weeks when I got the chance to see my brother in the Gramps. For years I only ever climbed toprope with him, pushing myself to climb harder stuff, no fear. The thought of leading put the fear in me.

This year I have started leading, climbing (at first) many grades below my usual. Nothing, I imagine, could change my climbing more. I now look at the rock with different eyes. I feel an intimate connection. I love placing gear. I actually find good rests and climb with purpose (or could I even say with grace?).

Nothing beats the see-sawing moments of absolute fear and absolute zen.

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