I rock climbed a small amount when I was a teenager in the 1970's. The sport was
entirely different at that time. From the practical standpoint, I really began rock
climbing in the fall of 2016. I started climbing indoors at the
Amarillo Rock Climbing House as training for alpine mountaineering such as
climbing Mount Rainier.
I liked it so much that I begin doing it for the sport of rock climbing itself.
I have not been able to find a local mentor to teach me outdoor climbing. Unfortunately,
our local gym is not really setup for lead climbing. I read about
rock climbing, took a course on anchors at
The Ouray Ice Festival, spent a half-day getting instruction from a private
guide from San Juan Mountain
begin top rope climbing outdoors with fixed anchors.
I learned to sport lead by climbing with my daughter and son-in-law in Alaska, spending
a day with Chris Waldon from Xplore
Climbing in Alaska, and practicing at the
Box in Socorro, NM. I begin
learning about trad leading again from my son-in-law and from spending a day with
a private guide from the
American Alpine Institute at Red Rocks
near Las Vegas, NV. In January 2019,
I acquired all the gear needed, and begin leading easy trad routes. Now I am
to do a little top rope solo climbing. I may eventually learn to rope solo lead
climb. I never want to do any free soloing.