Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Rock Climbing & Wussing Out

Contrary to what you might think, I have never been a big rock climber. But since I'm on an Everest kick right now, I'm pretty intrigued by the whole thing.

This is a video of a guy climbing a huge wall of rock at fast as he can. It's the craziest thing you'll see today (at least).

I was also thinking about what it would be like to go to Everest. Brian and I have always talked about going to Alaska. Maybe we switch that to Nepal. We go to Kathmandu with the wives, then take a guy's trip to check out Base Camp and see what's up.

Then I saw this video of the Khumbu Icefall, a frozen waterfall of glacial melt. Check out the ladders strung across huge crevasses like tinker toys. No f&$king way I'm doing that! Besides being chicken-sh*t, Harley wouldn't let me. Also, I had trouble at 14,000 feet at a wedding in Denver. The altitude gave me a headache and was not fun. Base Camp is 17,000 and I'm a wuss.

I'll read the books. I watch the movies and TV shows. I'll look at pictures on line and read the stories. That should be enough to get me through this phase.


Boywonderesq said...

Wait until the Everest video game comes out, then you'll show them what you're made of.

corey said...

This is the second time I watched that and my palms were sweating both times...yay armchair extreme sports!

Boywonderesq said...

I watched this again. I think that he climbed it slowly, to figure out the route, and then went through that same route as fast as he could. This explains why you can see chalk on the rocks he's using.