Jul 03 2008

climbing into Faerie

Published by at 1:56 pm under climbing monkey,Life,Writing

I bought my own climbing gear today. Harness, ATC, chalk and bag, shoes. My climbing shoes are awesome; small orange and black shoes that cling to my feet, delineating the high arches and insteps. They even come to tiny points at the toes for greater precision; on my feet, they look like little elf shoes.

My carabiner and chalk bag match my little orange shoes; I wonder if I can spiffy up the plain gray harness without causing problems…

Tonight’s the last night before the holiday weekend the wall is open. My legs and feet aren’t doing well today, but I’m hoping with some stretching I can get some wall time in.


I’m also thinking seriously about a punching bag in the backyard. I have gloves from when I was a kid, I think I even vaguely remember proper form. My need for touch is so pathologic right now I sometimes grasp too hard when reaching out; the emotion-skin connection too easily overwhelms. My awareness of my own physical strength is shifting and I have to learn the body controls anew as I discover previously unnoticed changes. Violent visions begin to invade my dreams. There’s too much screaming inside.

Or wait, are those my characters instead?  Writing will tell the tale…but I think the “sound body, sound mind” philosophy is looking mighty attractive.

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2 Responses to “climbing into Faerie”

  1. Kit OConnellon 03 Jul 2008 at 3:30 pm

    Exercise will be good for us all. I am really excited about you climbing — I can’t wait to see you crawling up the wall in your cute orange gear. You’ve always been my favorite monkey, now you are learning to climb like one too.

  2. Jennifer Evanson 03 Jul 2008 at 5:14 pm

    Uh, for the prurient among us, please take pictures when you’re up the wall. Or rather, have someone take them…

    For, uh, academic reasons. Yeah. Academic.