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Julie and Lucas’ climbing wall “date” in Rockville, Md at Earth Treks

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Okay, so I don’t write in this blog very often. While in Nepal I stick to CCNEPal blog, and since the return to USA I have been writing in the blog to accompany my novel, The Sacrament of the Goddess.  If you haven’t been to the FaceBook page for The Sacrament of the Goddess, or the blog – check out this one part.

Date Night for Julie and Lucas

CLICK HERE to skip directly to the video playlist of each climb!

from their web site. from the outside it looks like a warehousee. Inside it was crowded. There is a colorcoded system to choose routes of varying skill level. The main protection is

from their web site. from the outside it looks like a warehousee. Inside it was crowded. There is a colorcoded system to choose routes of varying skill level. The main protection is “top-roping” with a belaying partner. They will train you. IN a real outdoor climb, you would need to do more hiking, contend with weather, and place your own protection as you went along. This clearly simplifies the focus on technique.

They live a mile from a very peculiar sort of gym – the Earth Trek Climbing Center.  For months now they go climbing a few times a week, as a form of exercise.

Julie on a pitch.

Julie on a pitch. “top-roping.” They took training class to learn effective belay. This was a 5.9 and she also attempted some 5.10s as did Lucas.

I had read an editorial about this in the New York Times, back along. In Rockville, people come from all over DC and these folks are in excellent state of conditioning.

The top is about fifty feet up. This pic gives you a sense of height. Lucas may be the top Brazilian climber there! They were certainly the only team coordinating the belayer using Portuguese. It adds a certain je ne sais quoi!

The top is about fifty feet up. This pic gives you a sense of height. Lucas may be the top Brazilian climber there! They were certainly the only team coordinating the belayer using Portuguese. It adds a certain je ne sais quoi!

Video

I brought the video camera and recorded each pitch. For the first one I was quiet, then I realized we needed some commentary.

PLAYLIST OF VIDEOS!

Here is the link to the playlist of videos. CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEOS PLAYLIST

It was a fun, chem-free evening out. The crowd was fun - young urban professionals from all around DC. Julei says she recognized people who had been on those reality TV shows that feature modern gladiators. For me? I was earthbound.

It was a fun, chem-free evening out. The crowd was fun – young urban professionals from all around DC. Julei says she recognized people who had been on those reality TV shows that feature modern gladiators. For me? I was earthbound.

The most famous Rock Climbs in American History?

We had the chance to discuss this later over a light dinner featuring Comida Miniero.

Was it Pointe Du Hoc?

was it Mount Suribachi? (the end result of which was planting the flag on Iwo Jima) close… maybe.

Nope. None of the above.

Not even the first American ascent of Everest (sorry, Jim Whitaker!)

I concluded it was this one, that took place about 1989, in Down East Maine:

The intrepid team later known as

The intrepid team later known as “Snafu,” “Whoopie Pie,” and “Catch-Up” on a summit after a daring climb in Acadia National Park. Note that the protective equipment consists mainly of sweaters hand knit by grandma

The most important climb is the one you make yourself, by taking that courageous first step.

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