Yepp, that's me on the bottom left, completely feeling myself for actually mustering up the courage to try indoor rock climbing. Oh man back in the day before being diagnosed with Crohns disease or juggling motherhood with grad school and work I used to run track and field, studied Ju Jitsu and Tae Kwon Do, and considered squats and crunches fun and had awesome rock-hard abs to prove it. These days I'm lucky if I can run to catch the bus without keeling over, undoubtedly out of breathe. But this year I've decided to make fitness more of a priority and my inner bad-ass was extremely excited to be invited to Pier 60 at Chelsea Piers by Duracell for a morning of rock climbing with climbing and outdoors expert Kevin Jorgeson. Most notably known for his record-breaking free climb of El Capitan's Dawn Wall, Kevin was there to explain first hand the rewards and challenges from outdoor climbing.
Indoor rock climbing is one of this year's biggest fitness trends, whether done at an indoor facility or braved in the great outdoors & with warm summer days in full effect it only makes sense that people are moving their workouts outside. I've always been in awe of watching the strength and power that help rock climbers persevere to the top & that afternoon I learned a lot about the challenges and importance of planning and proper gear.
To shine a light on taking your climb from the wall to the wild outdoors Kevin offered up some great tips on how to tackle the unpredictability of the outdoors no matter day or night:
One significant tip was the importance of dependable power "During my free climb of El Capitan's Dawn Wall, Duracell Quantum was the only battery I trusted to provide dependable power because it lasts longer in 99% of devices vs. the next leading brand."
I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a little anxious about climbing this wall in the dark but it made me even more so impressed with Kevin's level of skill and passion that had developed as a child. Fortunately I was confident climbing alongside him knowing we powered up the wall with all of Kevin's favorite, dependable essentials from the headlamp and shoes to the pack you are carrying. He coached me up the wall (which I only made it half way up, but to my credit it was the most difficult side) and I could totally relate to him sharing how rock climbing was a way to relax with his dad after all the hustle and bustle of the day to day.
Check out this video of his story
Thank you to Duracell and Kevin Jorgeson for such an inspiring and fun morning! I'm not sure you'll ever catch me outdoors journeying through the wild, climbing walls but I look forward to experiencing it with my boys at a local indoor location and powering up with Duracell Quantum which will be great for all our high drain devices and emergency needs.
My hubby's a sound guy and he ONLY trusts Duracell for all of his wireless microphones. It's the only brand worth that is reliable! And the rock climbing looks like so much fun! I bet you had an amazing time.ReplyDelete
I have never tried rock climbing, but it looks so much fun. Good for you for deciding to make fitness a priority.ReplyDelete
The rock climbing looks like a lot of fun. Duracell is the only battery we use as wellReplyDelete
Oh my - I have never seen a climbing wall this big! Well done to you for tackling this - I wouldn't have left the floor! Kaz xReplyDelete
We've been meaning to go to a rock climbing gym! Looks like you had a great time!ReplyDelete
I probably wouldn't do it in the outdoors either, but like you, I'd do the climbing wall with the aid of Duracell. This is pretty cool!ReplyDelete
Rock climbing is so fun!!! These are some really great tips. Will keep in mind next time I go for a climbReplyDelete
Sounds like so much fun, I love getting out doors. What a great morning for you!ReplyDelete
We have a rock climbing wall at our local community center but it's nowhere near as big! I would have such a blast climbing that one! Thank you for sharing this great experience with us! :)ReplyDelete
I too have made my fitness number one priority, I have never tried rocking climbing before and would love to one day.ReplyDelete
Good for you for trying rock climbing. My experience is more like a segment of America's funniest video. And Duracell is our go to batteries.ReplyDelete
Congrats on the wall climbing. I would love to try it one day because I am afraid of heights. I need to get into shape this year because I have went down hill the past 15 years since I became sick. Thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
This looks like a lot of fun, but my nerves won't let me do it. My husband would have loved to do this, and I'm jealous you got to climb with Kevin.ReplyDelete
I'd love to do wall climbing someday. There's a big sports centre in our city that has one and I was always in awe looking at it. Must be amazing to get to the top :)ReplyDelete
I really want to try the wall climbing. I think it would be really fun and challenging to me. You look great up there, by the way!ReplyDelete