I am going to see this movie next week. I am very excited. I have been rock climbing a lot and finally remember what it is like to be nervous, exhilarated, scared, and happy all at the same time. I am hoping to practice traditional (trad) climbing next week as well. The main difference is with sport climbing (what I do now) there are big metal bolts in the rocks that you attach your rope to. It is safer.

Wikipedia says: Traditional climbing, or Trad climbing, is a style of climbing that emphasizes the skills necessary for establishing routes in an exploratory fashion. Before the advent of sport climbing, the normal style of unaided rock climbing was what is now referred to as “traditional”. Trad climbing usually involves the leader ascending a section of rock while placing their own protective devices as he/she climbs. Route finding, effective gear placements, self control, and good climbing skills are essential. Normally, such climbs are not previewed or rehearsed on a top rope (with or without tension), and emphasis is placed on passing difficult sections on the first try. As a form of free climbing, only the limbs and body of the climber are used to effect upward progress, and protective devices are placed solely to catch the climber in the event of a fall.

I am currently reading “The Iron Heel” by Jack London. It is interesting that it is from the same author as White Fang and The Call of the Wild. It was written about a hundred years ago and it could have been written yesterday.


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