I've done rockclimbing once or twice in the past and I loved it, but there was never anywhere near by that I was able to go to for practice. I always thought it was an ideal activity for me, because I'm not much of a runner, I can't lift weights, and I've fallen off a bike more times than I can count, but I'm not scared of heights, and I've got gangly long limbs. So, when I was home visiting my parents for Christmas, I was so excited to find out that Spireroxx had opened up not too far from where we live.
Literally the next day after I arrived home, I dragged both my parents with me to try out the wall. My dad loves stuff like that, he's really into cycling and camping and all that. My mum is scared of heights, has vertigo, bad balance, and gets dizzy, so she was a little more difficult to convince (I have vertigo too, but I get dizzy just lying down, I'm fine when I'm climbing).
The place was great, we got a lovely instructor called Ben who took us around the walls, from easiest to hardest, giving us little tips, and letting us climb away to our heart's content. There's even a wee cafe in the back that we could sit and have a cuppa when we were finished (and trust me, we needed it, it's a lot more knackering than it looks.)
The first time we went, I managed to climb to the top of a few routes, but there were a couple of the harder ones that beat me. So I went back in the new year with my dad and Scott, to see if we'd get on any better.
We pushed ourselves even harder the second time, and both me and my dad managed to conquer the routes that we'd been beaten by the last time. I was so proud of myself, even if I did leave with a few bruises on my knees and blisters on my hands.
It's a great work out, that doesn't really feel like a work out. Don't get me wrong, your arms, hands, shoulders and legs are on fire, but the adrenaline keeps you going, and when you're done, you're left just wanting to do it all again.
Highly reccommend trying rock climbing, even just one, and especially reccommend Spireroxx if you're in the north of Scotland/Moray and you like to climb. They're so friendly, helpful, and it's just a great facility with a great atmosphere (they even played ACDC for my mum to pump her up.)
What's something new you've tried and loved this new year?
Hope you all have an amazing week.