I took my kids to the climbing club again today, but I decided to get in on the action myself. Today I learned that my old climbing harness doesn’t fit me, but fits my son perfectly - a stark reminder of how skinny I used to be. I was also reminded that climbing shoes are really hard on your toes and that my feet are suffering from the same mid-life spread as my belly.

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Don’t panic because you can’t see a rope. That’s an auto-belay that I’m reaching for. It’s a bit terrifying to fall back and trust that it will catch you, but if you do, it will provide a nice steady descent from the top of the wall.

The day was lots of fun, but I can guarantee I’m going to be feeling tomorrow.

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