Using every muscle in your flesh prison to haul yourself up a wall feels good.
Unusual, yes, but good.
If you sit hunched over at a desk staring into the endlessness of the internet most days, getting off your keister and using it to scale a vertical wall feels simultaneously out of the ordinary and weirdly right.
I’m no history major, but our ancestors most definitely used to climb. We’re all descendant from monkeys, after all. Reaching the top of a difficult wall feels like the kind of wholesome achievement you don’t get scrolling through Instagram.
PEDESTRIAN.TV‘s Lucinda Price rocked up to ClimbFit in Sydney‘s St Leonards to give the sport a go and chat to owner Robbie about what makes climbing so addictive:
"Everything hurts and I'm dying."
Posted by pedestrian.tv on Thursday, 7 June 2018
The biggest takeaway, apart from sore forearms and an atomic front wedgie?
It’s an opportunity to untether yourself from your phone, and a few of your worries too.
General anxieties seem to fall away a bit when you’re rock climbing. It’s physically challenging but it also requires a fair bit of mental dexterity. You need to plan your next move. You don’t have time to think about that parking fine, your cluttered inbox or whether or not you left your straightener on when you’re struggling to grasp a hold.
Oh, and it’ll get your buns burning like they’re fresh outta a wood fire oven.
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