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13 Jul 2005

Climbing at Caltech

Filed under: Personal — paulcook @ 11:26 am

I confirmed on Monday that Caltech’s gym does indeed have a climbing wall, and yesterday I decided to try it out — and get some value-for-money on my climbing shoe purchase too!

To be more accurate, it’s not really a climbing wall, as it’s not high enough to need a rope. Rather, it’s a bouldering wall, with a whole lot of holds on wooden panelling, inclined at various angles from vertical to completely overhung — ie. the ceiling. The floor is covered with thick padded matting, as used in gymnastics. It’s installed in this weird hole in the wall in the side of the old gym, with more of a cave feel than a cliff face. Most of it is beyond my current skills, but I managed to get some good traverses in. It’s excellent finger strength work, and a good physical challenge after the mental challenge of trying to find things to do to procrastinate, all day (and with only mixed success).

I’m generally more of a fan of outdoors climbing, rope and all, but the advantage of this is that it doesn’t require a partner and lots of equipment, not to mention hours of travelling. Nevertheless, I’ve been looking around for some climbing partners for an occasional trip, and have one or two good leads already.

Anyway, if anyone is interested in trying it out, the gym even has climbing shoes for loan, for free!

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  1. I’m glad you’re getting in shape for the fall! Check out rockclimbing.com for listings of local crags and gyms.

    I had my first day back at Rumney, NH, yesterday. It was absolutely beautiful. I’d love to take you up there some time.

    Comment by michelle — 24 Jul 2005 @ 11:40 am

  2. Great, thanks, I’ll have a look at that! It’s rather quiet around here at the moment, so I’m hoping that once the semester starts again there’ll be more people around with which to climb.

    Rumney looks like some excellent climbing! Maybe I’ll have to take a trip out to the east coast sometime, it sounds great!

    I hope settling in back home again is going well!

    Comment by paulcook — 27 Jul 2005 @ 10:40 am

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