Before you ask “why?”, you need to know that I have been climbing for 7+ years. I have spent the entirety of my adult life taking whippers, breaking my skin apart on rocks, trudging to exotic crags, and hating climbing. What’s wrong with me? I cannot in good faith tell you that I am a masochist. Instead, I can tell you that I like challenges. Here are 3 quick reasons why I hate climbing.
- Heights and Falling
The views are amazing but the fear of falling is steady and always present. How do I trust this one-inch thick rope? How can I be sure the gear in the wall won’t break off the second I place it or clip in? Looking down while my fingers tremble as I place the rope through the quickdraw makes my heart-rate flutter exponentially – even as I type this. My fear of falling is far superior to my fear of heights. When I get to the top and look back, the views from the top immediately bring me peace. For a moment, the adrenaline rush is worth the constant frustration I feel as I make my way up any problem. Maybe my amygdala is HUGE or maybe I am a rational human that sees danger and reacts appropriately. Every single time I am exposed between clips or rests, my brain SCREAMS at me asking why the hell I put myself in these situations.
- Hyperextension and Blood
If you’ve climbed for literally ANY amount of time you have probably had a flapper, knee scrape, deep cut, or hyperextended ligament at some point. Once this happens, you have to take serious measures to rest and restore your ailment. This poses a problem if you are squeamish (like me). After 3 years, I grew accustomed to my own blood but this made it hard to recognize when I should GIVE UP! By getting over my fear of blood and soreness, I have become a machine that doesn’t let up when I am focused on a problem. My bones constantly crack from improper stretching or lack thereof. I tape my cuts on the wall and ignore pain to the max just to finish something I started. I think my body has aged about 10 years which poses a problem since I’m only 25.
- Impulse control and obsession
Basically, I have no impulse control anymore. When I see something that looks incredibly dangerous, I think “that sure sounds like a horribly wonderful time” and make a project out of it. I like feeling in control and when I have no control over how a climb goes, I become OBSESSED with it. I have high stamina and will stay on a segment for 30 minutes working at it while my poor partner waits on the ground. I always belay my partner consecutively afterward because of this. Because this is a short-term goal-oriented sport, I feel the need to conquer as many new routes as possible.
Why do I climb then? Because the same reasons to hate it are why I love it.
I love feeling in control of how I move my body. I love to watch it heal itself and callous – thereby making me stronger. I love how it challenges me to face my fears and be present in the moment. Fear reminds me that I am alive and taking advantage of the strength I have. As someone that suffers from constant anxiety and mental health hardships, climbing has given me little goals that present visible results. Most of all, I love climbing because it has given me a family of goofy individuals that come from entirely different backgrounds. We push each other to be better and celebrate each other’s success. For that, I wouldn’t give up climbing. I feel that if i gave up climbing, I would give up on myself to an extent.
Thanks to climbing, I have joined my love of the outdoors with my love of eco-friendly living and created a brand. Thanks to my partner, we are working on something we fully believe in while sharing our hatred of climbing 🙂
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We are using I Hate Climbing as a platform to express our frustration with a personal growth / goal-oriented sport. It is terrifying, exciting, painful, wonderful, and every confusing emotion I think of when I’m climbing. It’s the fall before the send, the frustration before the relief, and the satisfaction after the doubt.
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