After two years from my climbing course (with the pandemic in the middle) last week end I was finally able to go outside and try this amazing sport on a real rock formation.
We went in Montovolo, a mountain in the Florence area, were there are a lot of different climbing paths, from easy ones (4a) to more difficult ones (6c).
Since none of us is really experienced in climbing, we decided to start from the easiest path and use that as a reference of our current ability. If we had managed to climb to the top without problems, then we would have tried the others as well; otherwise we would have gone home 😂.
Of course the first person that has to climb, is also the one that takes the most risks, since she/he must also fix the rope into the bolt with the quick draws while ascending.
I have to say that looking from the ground someone else that is trying to climb and then doing it yourself is something very different. When you see someone else, it seems much more easier and you are constantly giving tips on were to position feets and arm. But when is your turn, then is a whole other story, and everything that from the ground seemed really easy becomes suddenly much more complicated. Even when you have to perform the simplest movement, you find yourself overthinking and hesitating. Because, although you are fixed with the rope and there is no risk of falling even if you lose the grip, still the sensation of void below you is really strong and so before doing any movement you tend to take your time (at least this was my situation 😅).
When you are finally able to go against your fears and you start climbing, even if it is really tiresome, the satisfaction when you are able to reach the top is amazing. You can finally take your time to rest and look at the amazing view from the top of the mountain.
This was a really beautiful experience, and I am sure that there will be a lot more in the next months, since I had a lot of fun. But in the meanwhile I must also train myself a little bit, if I want to try harder paths.
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