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a rockin’ wednesday night

Hey friends!

How’s everyone’s week going so far?

As the title of this post implies, mine has been pretty rockin’ so far … literally (yes, I know that was lame).

My friend Jess and I went rock climbing at Coyote Rock Gym in Ottawa last night!

we rock!

we rock!

I was super excited, since this was my first time rock climbing … unless you count the time that I beat my brother to the top of the rock wall at Canada’s Wonderland when I was 10, but I think this is different.

After signing a waiver, one of the friendly guys at the gym showed us the ropes (again, lame pun intended). He helped us get our harnesses on, and taught us how to tie the proper knots in our ropes to keep us safe and sound. This was the part of the night where we learned that knot tying is not one of my skills … to say the least. Jess on the other hand, is a knot tying pro!

He then taught us how to safely belay one another, and stood with us for a couple of climbs to make sure we were doing things right. From then on, we were on our own!

Coyote Rock Gym has belaying walls for different skill levels, from a smaller wall with rocks shaped like turtles and happy faces, to higher more advanced walls.

this one wasn't made up of farm animals and happy faces ...

this one wasn’t made up of farm animals and happy faces …

on top of the world ... or the wall.

on top of the world … or the wall.

They also have walls for bouldering – which is climbing without a harness or a belayer. These walls are obviously a lot shorter – closer to the ground in case of falls!

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Jess and I tried a little bit of everything – belaying, bouldering, and attempting to climb walls that we by no means could climb.

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don’t be intimidated by her muscles, she’s actually very nice.

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just hangin’ around

We were there for a few hours and it was A LOT of fun, and a way better workout than I expected, I might add! By the end of the night my entire body was jell-o, and my foam roller came in handy this morning to say the least!

I definitely want to go back to Coyote soon … and I’ll have to bring Jess along so that I have someone to tie my knots!

Have you ever been rock climbing? Did you love it or hate it?