While we were doing our Outage Readiness Assessment last week in Oswego NY, three of us decided to head out Thursday night and try free form rock climbing. Two of us had climbed once before, using harnesses, but none of us had tried free form (they have lots of padding on the floor).
One of the keys to being able to climb like this is the ability to do pull-ups. Another thing is to use your feet and legs and try not to exhaust your upper body muscles. I was good on the second one. However, even with the weights that I have been lifting over the past several years, I have only within the last few months started working on pull-ups, a completely different muscle set from the standard gym workouts. This rock climbing showed me how much work I have left to do.
We had fun, and I will definitely try this again after I develop better muscles for pull-ups. Then, the next step is finger-tip only pull-ups, even harder.
Here is a picture of each of the three of us (Bill, Jim, and Ken).