It’s 2014 already and I have so many stories to tell from 2013! It was a fabulous year for me, one of the best so far, and I am eager to write everything down so I don’t forget it.

On a splendid October morning we went to Brătilești. It was going to be our first (and to this day our last) day bouldering on real boulders. There was a small get-together there and everyone knew everyone, except for us. But the people were friendly and nice and they showed us which were the V-stupidly-easy boulders and gave us a crash mat. From there on we were on our own.

What can I say… it was a hell of an experience! Rock climbing is soooo easy compared to bouldering! At least you know that if you clip in the first 2-3 quickdraws you are *almost* safe. Well, in bouldering it’s all about luck and technique and guts. Lots and lots of guts. Oh, and you also need a good plan before climbing, which we realised too late. And something else: unlike normal rock, boulders are covered in a thin/thick layer of dust and sand and vegetation and it’s bloody slippery! You can only hold and put your foot on the parts that have been cleaned – again, it took us some time to stop trying to beat the system.

We totally conquered the first two boulders, but the third one was scary high and I just tried some moves at the bottom. Unfortunately, Adi slipped and fractured his ankle so the fun was over instantly. A rough 1,5-month period followed but now he’s fine and he is climbing again, so yay for him! As for real nature bouldering, I would love to try it again, but I know my limits and I’m sure as hell that I don’t want to push them.

*Lykke Li – Dance, dance, dance

 

Posted on by ionuca | Posted in Climbing up the walls, I'm so happy I could scream!, It's a beautiful day!, More than words can say, Music sounds better with you, Pictures of you, Try walking in my shoes, With a little help from my friends

5 Responses to Words can never make up for what you do*

  1. by marian on January 5, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    sky is the limit !!!

  2. by Gracie on January 7, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    Beautiful photos. I hope the new year started good!

  3. by ionuca on January 7, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    @marian: the end of the boulder/route is the limit :p

    @Gracie: so far so good! Many hugs! :)

  4. by lndngeek on January 14, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    Beautiful!

  5. by ionuca on January 14, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    @lndngeek: thank you :)

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