SANTA BARBARA, California // Rock climbing is a puzzle. Mentally and physically you must figure it out. You need to find a way to place your hands and body to stay on the wall and continue vertically. You need to have confidence in yourself that you can get to the top. You need to have trust in your partner, your gear, and your anchor.
We haven't gone rock climbing now for weeks. This is an activity that we have done often while in NYC and hope to continue on our travels. Before we arrived in Santa Barbara we noticed that there are several climbs right outside town that are easily accessed within 20-30 minutes. After a day of scouting, we returned with all of our gear on an overcast morning and climbed for a few hours, enjoying the fog and being outdoors.
Completing a climb is such a rush of adrenaline and a sense of accomplishment, and at some point you forget everything else in the world and all that matters is you and the rock.