I have a friend. We haven’t known one another very long, but she is a friend indeed. Her blog Eat. Climb. Love is a fun read. She took me on my very first outdoor rock climbing trip. I had a BLAST!
Here are some pictures from our day climbing at Exit 38
This is the approach. How gorgeous is that?!
I think this is a 5.6 climb. For those of you who don’t understand why climbing is rated the way it is here are two explanations:
- Class 1 is walking on an even, often planar, surface with a low chance of injury, and a fall is unlikely to be fatal.
- Classes 2 and 3 are steeper scrambling with increased exposure and a greater chance of severe injury, but falls are not always fatal.
- Class 4 can involve short steep sections where the use of a rope is recommended, and un-roped falls could be fatal.
- Class 5 is considered true rock climbing, predominantly on vertical or near vertical rock, and requires skill and a rope to proceed safely. Un-roped falls would result in severe injury or death.
Yosemite Decimal System (YDS)
Yosemite Decimal System is a grading system commonly found in the United States. The basic concept behind the Yosemite Decimal System is simple and utilizes the following format: Format: Class.Sub_Grade Suffix Danger_Factor Example: 5.11b R (5 is Class, 11 is Sub_Grade, b is Suffix and R is Danger Factor).
An example would be 5.9 where ‘5’ is the ‘Class’ and 9 is the ‘Sub-Grade’. In YDS the class has a value from 1 to 6.
1 = Walking
2 = Hiking up steep trail
3 = Steep hiking
4 = Steep hiking / scrambling. Some parties may want a rope.
5 = Climbing. Most parties will want a rope. Exposed terrain.
6 = Aid climbing only
In free climbing most grades will be class 5. Mountaineering typically involves everything from class 1 to 6. Aid Climbing focuses mainly on difficult class 5 climbs and class 6 climbs.
I think my most difficult climb that day was a 5.8. This girl was SUPER proud of herself. =]!!!
For the record, I’m terrified of heights. I did fine that day. I was a little afraid on my first climb, but after that it was just fun. I did use my knee and took home a little injury.
Let’s discuss my climbing gear.
- Helmet- Petzl. I’m a fan of the brand and when I went to REI it was the only helmet that fit my large head. True. Story.
- Harness- Black Diamond 2011. I also enjoy their brand and it was on sale at REI last year. The padding isn’t overwhelming and I could move freely and easily.
- Shoes- 5.10 Mocassins. I borrowed a pair from a friend before I bought these. I love them. I’m a big fan of gear with few seams. It’s totally me, but I feel like the more stitches it has the more places the fabric has been compromised. That’s one of the reasons I chose the Mocassins. That, and when I tried my friend’s they were super comfortable because he’d worn them in.
- Chalk bag-Black Diamond
- Carabiners – Black Diamond — all the Black Diamond gear came together and was on sale for, I think less that $90.
- Polar F7 Heart Rate Monitor – Love. I often like to wear my HRM during derby. I was interesting to wear it while climbing. I’m not sure how many calories I burned.
- Ropes – Yeah, those belonged to my pal. If you visit her blog. I’m sure she’d be happy to share her opinion on gear.
I wish I could climb 3 days a week and skate derby the other 4. If you’ve never climbed or skated you are missing out my friend. 🙂